DENVER (AP) _ Peter Forsberg is never satisfied.
Even after scoring two goals for the second straight game since returning
from a groin injury, Forsberg was his own worst critic.
``I scored a couple of goals, but it was my fault on their goal,'' Forsberg
said Tuesday night after leading the Colorado Avalanche past the Edmonton
``I was dead tired, to be honest with you, in the first period. I can be
better. It was just two lucky goals. I'll keep working and get back into
Forsberg, who missed four straight games, returned Saturday against
Pittsburgh and had two goals and an assist. Forsberg also had two goals in the
last game he played before his injury, Jan. 15 against Dallas.
He has scored points in each of his last 10 games, but the NHL doesn't count
that as a scoring streak because of the injury absence.
``Peter made the big plays,'' Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. ``I thought
he changed the momentum, along with Joe (Sakic), Paul (Kariya) and a lot of the
guys we had killing penalties.''
Colorado's David Aebischer had 33 saves, including 17 in the second period,
and earned an assist on one of Forsberg's goals.
``I didn't have a good first period,'' Aebischer said. ``We were lucky that
one goal was disallowed and another shot hit the post. That second period got
me into the game.''
Edmonton rookie goalie Ty Conklin had 19 saves.
Steve Konowalchuk had the other Colorado goal, and Radek Dvorak scored for
``There were a lot of missed opportunities tonight,'' Oilers coach Craig
MacTavish said. ``We could have walked out of here with a win, but it adds up
to another disappointing loss for a club that can't afford any more. We've got
to find a way to generate more offense, some more fire in our game and more
desperation than we've had.''
Colorado, the Western Conference points leader, is 12-1-1-1 in its last 15
games. Edmonton has lost three straight.
Oilers forward Mike York fractured a finger in the second period and didn't
Dvorak's goal gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead in the first period.
The Oilers had an apparent goal by Ryan Smyth disallowed at 5:22. After
consulting video replay, referee Dan O'Halloran ruled that Smyth kicked the
puck into the net with his left skate.
Five minutes later, Dvorak got a goal that counted. The Oilers dug the puck
out of the left corner, and Dvorak scored from the slot at 10:42.
Smyth hit the right post with a shot later in the period, and Sakic fired
wide on a two-on-one rush.
Forsberg got the lone goal of the second period, his 13th.
Seven minutes into the period, Edmonton had outshot Colorado 9-0, but the
Avalanche regrouped. Forsberg chipped in his own rebound from just left of the
goal at 11:24.
Edmonton, which outshot Colorado 17-6 in the period, had three straight
power plays but couldn't convert.
Forsberg scored again at 6:18 of the third period during Colorado's first
power play of the game. He skated from the left boards to the right side,
eluding a defender, and beat Conklin from the right circle. Aebischer got the
second assist on the goal, playing the puck just outside of the net and passing
to Derek Morris. It was Aebischer's second career assist.
Konowalchuk scored at 18:23 on another power play, taking Rob Blake's pass
in the slot.