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RAT-A-TAT-TAT! // THAT'S THAT

In a brilliant finale, the Colorado Avalanche completed a Stanley Cup sweep for a city that didn't have a team a year ago and never had a major championship.

Defenseman Uwe Krupp decided the stirring, superbly played climax on the 119th shot of the game at 4:31 of the third overtime. His blast from the right point gave Colorado a 1-0 win over the gallant Florida Panthers.

Finally, after 104 minutes, 31 seconds of thrilling, end-to-end action, the team that moved to Denver after 16 seasons without a title as the Quebec Nordiques subdued the 3-year-old Panthers, who played with a maturity beyond their years.

The series was much closer than Colorado's 4-0 margin in games and 15-4 lead in goals. And Colorado's Patrick Roy and Florida's John Vanbiesbrouck were equally spectacular in their duel of veteran goalies in the clincher.

The Avalanche were outshot 60-52 through 100 minutes. Florida's John Vanbiesbrouck and Colorado's Patrick Roy were equally brilliant in goal.

Colorado's best chance of the game came at 16:42 of the second overtime. Adam Deadmarsh hit the cross bar from the front edge of the crease as Vanbiesbrouck sprawled to the ice. And Scott Young shot the rebound right into the fallen goalie.

The game had a chance of becoming the longest of a final series since Edmonton beat Boston 15:13 into the third overtime on May 15, 1990.

At 5:07 of the first overtime Monday night, Roy made a brilliant pad save on Scott Mellanby and defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre quickly cleared the rebound.

At 7:42, Vanbiesbrouck made a magnificent grab with his left glove of a point-blank shot by an unguarded Sandis Ozolinsh.

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