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Forsberg makes his return to Colorado

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DENVER (AP) -Peter Forsberg nearly bypassed the visitor's locker room and walked into the Colorado Avalanche dressing room.

An understandable mistake for the Nashville Predators star since he's not used to entering the Pepsi Center as a visitor.

Forsberg made his return to Colorado on Saturday night, a place he's called home for most of his career. It's his first appearance in Denver since he signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers before the 2005-06 season.

"It's great coming back," said Forsberg, who spent nine seasons in a Quebec and Colorado jersey. "I had such a good time here."

Fans wearing Forsberg's Avalanche jersey were sprinkled all over the arena. He remains a fan favorite and received hearty applause the first time he took the ice Saturday night.

There was also a video tribute to Forsberg early in the first period, which received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Forsberg raised his stick in appreciation.

"It's special coming here," said Forsberg, who still has an apartment in Denver.

Forsberg won two Stanley Cups with Colorado (1996 and 2001) and was named the NHL's MVP in 2003 after scoring 29 goals and adding 77 assists.

Forsberg is still getting used to the idea he's a visitor at the Pepsi Center.

"Walking into this dressing room this morning, it felt a little weird," Forsberg said. "This (Colorado) feels like a second home."

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