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Avalanche Rolls Over Red Wings

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

Jose.

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

9:01.

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

Drury.

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.

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