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Forsberg Notches Two Assists in Victory

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche

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It was like old times this afternoon at Pepsi Center, as Peter Forsberg assisted on two of the Avalanche’s three goals in the third period to lead Colorado to a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

It was the sixth win in a row for the Avalanche – the club’s longest winning streak since Dec. 31-Jan. 17, 2006 when they won eight in a row – and wrapped up a 4-0 homestand.

“It was a huge win for us. We’ve just got to keep it going and keep the winning streak going,” said Forsberg. “It’s great to get a couple of assists. It’s very tough coming in here this late in a season so it’s good to get a couple of points.”

Trailing 1-0 in the final period due to a first-period power-play goal from Dallas’ Antti Miettinen the Avs scored three straight to earn the win.

First, Andrew Brunette and Forsberg worked a give-and-go before Brunette threw a puck toward that net that was tipped in by defenseman Scott Hannan at the 7:30 mark. The goal was Hannan’s second of the year, while the assist was Forsberg’s first point of the season.

Forsberg then set up a power-play goal by Brunette at the 10:12 mark to give the Avalanche the lead. Stationed near the right faceoff circle, the Swedish forward threaded a pass to Brunette at the goalmouth, who tipped the feed past Stars goaltender Marty Turco.

Paul Stastny added an empty-net goal with three seconds remaining to seal the victory.

As has been the norm lately, Jose Theodore was stellar between the pipes against the Stars. The netminder stopped 25-of-26 shots to earn his sixth win in a row. Theodore has posted a 1.31 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage during the streak, his longest stretch of consecutive wins since he won a career-high seven straight starts during his Hart Trophy campaign of 2001-02 (March 28-April 9, 2002).

“I’m proud of the way they responded after two periods being down 1-0,” said Theodore of his teammates. “We’re playing well and winning big games.”

A Grand Afternoon
Factoring in their appearances in today’s game, Forsberg and Avs defenseman John-Michael Liles have combined to play in 1,000 regular season NHL contests. Forsberg skated in his 700th regular season game on Sunday against the Stars, while Liles hit the 300-game plateau.

Sometimes the Numbers Do Lie
Brunette scored his game-winning goal with the Avs on a power play. Coming into today’s game, Dallas was  tops in the NHL at killing penalties with an 86.9% success rate, while the Avalanche’s power play was ranked 30th in the league with a 13.2% conversion rate. Overall, Colorado’s power play went 1-for-5 on the afternoon.

Foote Out
Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote was scratched from today’s game with a hip injury and is listed as day-to-day. Jaroslav Hlinka, Scott Parker, Kyle Cumiskey and Ryan Smyth (concussion/shoulder) were also scratched for Colorado.

See You Tomorrow
The Avs and Stars are playing a home-and-home series this weekend and will meet up again tomorrow night in Dallas. This weekend marks the Avalanche’s 10th and final set of back-to-back games this season. The Avs are 4-6-0 in the first contest of back-to-back sets and 6-3-0 in the second.

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