Peter Forsberg's scoring streak was too much for the
Detroit Red Wings.
Forsberg scored his fifth goal of the playoffs - and fourth game-winner -
as the Colorado Avalanche eliminated the visiting Red Wings from the NHL
playoffs with a 4-2 victory Friday night.
It marked the second straight year Colorado ousted its arch rival in the
second round. Colorado won the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal
series 4-1 and advanced to the conference finals against either Dallas or San
Forsberg's goal at 4:40 of the third period gave the Avalanche a 3-1 lead.
Barely a minute later, Detroit's Brendan Shanahan made it 3-2, but Colorado's
fourth line produced an insurance goal as Shjon Podein scored on a rebound at
Colorado's Patrick Roy, extending his NHL record for playoff victories to
118, had 20 saves. Chris Osgood had 21 saves.
Neither team mounted any serious scoring threats in a tentative first
period that saw Colorado outshoot Detroit 8-5. Detroit went 0-for-2 on the
power play, and Colorado was 0-for-3.
Osgood was penalized for slashing midway through the period, and during
that advantage Colorado got off three shots, including a hard shot by Chris
The Red Wings lost forward Darren McCarty for part of the period after he
was run into the boards by Greg de Vries and had to be assisted from the ice.
Colorado's Joe Sakic (his 100th career playoff point) and Stephane Yelle
scored in the second period, and Detroit's Larry Murphy (150th point) countered
with a shorthanded goal.
Stars 5, Sharks 4: Joe Nieuwendyk scored twice, including the game-winner
with 1:53 left in the second period, to give visiting Dallas the victory and a
3-1 lead in its Western Conference semifinal series against San Jose.