GAME: Vancouver Canucks (19-9-6-2) at Colorado Avalanche (17-9-7-1).
TIME: Monday, 9 p.m. EST.
Assisting on the tying goal late in regulation to help his team pull out a
win was apparently not good enough for Peter Forsberg in his return to the ice.
The star center hopes his second game back in the lineup is significantly
better when the Colorado Avalanche host the team they're chasing in the
Northwest Division -- the Vancouver Canucks.
Forsberg had missed 19 games with an abdominal-groin injury before rejoining
the Avalanche for Saturday's game against Philadelphia. Though unhappy with his
overall play, Forsberg's hard shot led to Rob Blake's tip-in goal that tied the
game with 1:17 left in the third period.
Milan Hejduk scored 1:42 into overtime as Colorado won 3-2 to end a six-game
winless streak (0-2-4).
"I was awful. The first two periods, it was an uphill battle," said
Forsberg, who has five goals and 15 assists in 12 games this season. "I was
just trying to play smart, not to do too many stupid things and just play
defense. I was bad."
Forsberg struggled with conditioning after missing 23 of 25 games, but still
wound up extending his points streak to seven.
Colorado sits four points behind first-place Vancouver in the Northwest. The
teams skated to a 1-1 tie earlier this month in their first meeting of the
As if a matchup with its division rival is not motivation enough, the
Canucks should have extra incentive to be at their best after an embarrassing
Vancouver suffered its most lopsided loss of the season in Saturday's 6-2
loss to the last-place Edmonton Oilers. It was the most goals given up this
season by the Canucks, who went 0-for-6 on the power play.
"Overall this is a proud team and we usually battle even if we have a tough
night, we usually never give up," Vancouver captain Markus Naslund said.
"Tonight was a little different, I thought. We usually don't get blown out
It was just the Canucks' second loss in 10 games (5-2-3).