Avalanche 3, Stars 1

By: AP
By: AP

Peter Forsberg could not believe it took him this long to notch a point.

He cautioned that it might take time to sharpen his skills, but really didn't think that was true. So two games without a point felt like an eternity.

He's feeling a little more at ease now. Forsberg posted his first two points since rejoining the Avalanche, Andrew Brunette had a goal and an assist, and Colorado won its sixth straight by beating the stumbling Dallas Stars 3-1 on Saturday.

''It's very tough coming in here this late in a season, so it's good to get a couple of points,'' said Forsberg, who signed a one-year deal Feb. 25.

All it took was a line change to get him going. Colorado coach Joel Quenneville paired him with Paul Stastny and Brunette in the third period, and the chemistry was instant.

Forsberg's pinpoint pass from near the goal mouth to Brunette set up the winning goal midway through the final period. Forsberg also had another crisp pass that led to Scott Hannan's tying goal nearly three minutes earlier.

''He's one of those rare players that can buy time with the puck,'' Brunette said. ''They seem like they're never rushed and they always find the open man. It's a lot more fun to play with him than against him.''

Jose Theodore continued his torrid play, stopping 25 shots for his sixth consecutive wt numbness in my legs, and I wanted to make sure that wasn't an issue.''

The Avalanche killed off the penalty on Finger and then scored all three of their goals, including Stastny's empty-netter with 3 seconds left to seal the win.

The collision halted the Stars' momentum, who led 1-0 entering the final period.

''We just were too tentative to play the game,'' said Marty Turco, who had 25 saves. ''You can't be like that; you know that the Avs are going to pour it on.''

The Avalanche have been doing that in March over the past two seasons. They're 15-1-2 in the month spanning two seasons.

''We're playing well,'' forward Ian Laperriere said.

Laperriere cast a glance at the locker next to him, belonging to Forsberg, and grinned.

''The guy next to me, No. 21, played a hell of a game,'' he said.

Forsberg was just happy to contribute. Two games with no points and just four shots on goal had him feeling a little uneasy.


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