1/23/97 -- 11:01 PM

Avalanche-Penguins


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Valeri Kamensky scored at 3:55 of overtime as the Colorado Avalanche ended Pittsburgh's 14-game winning streak, winning 4-3 Thursday night despite losing a three-goal lead and goaltender Patrick Roy to an injury.

Colorado, already playing without top scorer Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg, lost a lead for the second time in three nights - its 12-game unbeaten streak ended Tuesday with a 3-2 loss at Tampa Bay. But the Avalanche but managed to overcome Pittsburgh's three-goal third-period rally. Colorado is 10-1-2 in its last 13 games.

Pittsburgh rookie goaltender Patrick Lalime lost for the first time in 17 NHL starts. His 14-0-2 record was the best for a goaltender at the start of his career.

Kamensky's game-winner was his 17th goal of the season. Adam Deadmarsh, who had scored twice and also set up a short-handed goal, chased down a loose puck behind the net and moved it out to Sylvain Lefebvre, whose missed shot deflected to Kamensky to the left of the crease.

With NHL scoring leader Mario Lemieux out with back spasms, the Penguins - who had been 12-0-2 since a Dec. 17 loss to Boston - turned to infrequent scorers Joe Mullen and Joe Dziedzic for key goals in their rally.

Pittsburgh lost an apparent tying goal when Kevin Hatcher's score was waved off at 8:24 because defenseman Jason Woolley's skate was detected in the crease. But Dziedzic eventually tied it at 15:52, putting his own rebound by Colorado backup Craig Billington for only his third goal.

Dziedzic had earlier set up Mullen's 497th career goal - but only his second of the season - at 3:48 of the third, 1:06 after Ron Francis had scored Pittsburgh's first goal.

Roy, who has a league-high six shutouts, left with an injured right hand at 13:54 of the first. Teammate Uwe Krupp appeared to skate over Roy's hand as the goaltender covered a loose puck, and Dziedzic also clipped Roy with a skate before play was stopped.

Billington, 6-2-2 as Roy's backup, stopped the first 16 shots he saw before Francis scored his 19th of the season.

Deadmarsh took advantage of a flurry of Penguins giveaways in their own zone, scoring at 10:05 of the first after Kamensky stole defenseman Darius Kasparaitis' clearing pass.

Jones made it 2-0 at 6:55 of the second with Colorado's eighth shot-handed goal. Deadmarsh scored Colorado's third special-teams goal of the night at 11:01 of the second.

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