Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Friday, December 27th
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OT
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Game 2: Saturday, March 8th
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Avalanche 2

(34-16-7, 86 pts)

Flyers 1

(35-18-3, 84 pts)

8:00 PM ET, March 8, 2003

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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COL 0 1 0 12
PHI 0 1 0 01

P. Roy (Avalanche - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .966

R. Cechmanek (Flyers - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .933

J. Sakic (Avalanche - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Forsberg gets 23rd and 24th goals of tseason

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Peter Forsberg's little chance turned into a big win for the Colorado Avalanche.

 Peter Forsberg
Forsberg

Forsberg scored his second goal of the game 26 seconds into overtime as the Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Saturday night.

Forsberg poked the puck away from Philadelphia's Eric Desjardins at the blue line and beat goalie Roman Cechmanek with a backhand shot.

"I was taking a chance because it was a little crowded at the blue line," Forsberg said. "So I pokechecked and got a breakaway. He (Cechmanek) was going to pokecheck so I took it on the backhand and put it up high."

Cechmanek said that he had no chance on Forsberg's shot.

"It happened very fast," the goalie said. "I saw him coming and going to one side and I moved that way but he got off a perfect shot. I had no chance of stopping that shot."

After the game, the Avalanche acquired defenseman Bryan Marchment from San Jose for two draft picks. The Avalanche sent their selections in the third and fifth round of the next draft to the Sharks for the hard-hitting Marchment.

Forsberg's 23rd and 24th goals of the season extended his scoring streak to eight games. He has four goals and 11 assists during the run.

"We got outplayed in the first two periods but after that I thought we came back and played well," Forsberg said.

Colorado coach Tony Granato said that Forsberg was the ideal player for the game-winning situation.

"Sometimes when there's a turnover you want your goal scorers and players that can handle the pressure to have the puck in that situation," Granato said.

Colorado's Alex Tanguay had his career and franchise-high 16-game point streak -- the NHL's longest this season -- snapped, and Milan Hejduk's career-matching 13-game scoring string also ended.

Colorado goalie Patrick Roy, 14-2-2 in his last 18 starts, made 28 saves. Roy's best stop came early in the second period when he snared a one-timer by Jeremy Roenick.

Roy said that it was important that the Avalanche bounced back from their 4-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Friday night.

"That loss hurt us a lot," Roy said. "Tonight we just found a way to win the game. That's what we've been doing on the road--basic hockey, simple games. We make smart decisions out there and it brings us a lot of success."

Forsberg, who leads the league with points on the road (45), put the Avalanche ahead on a power play at 8:14 of the first period when he swatted in a rebound after Cechmanek was unable to control the initial shot by Radim Vrbata.

Kim Johnsson tied it 2:12 later with the Flyers on a power play, rifling a slap shot through a screen high over Roy's shoulder.

Despite the loss, Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said that the Flyers responded well after their 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday night snapped their four game winning streak.

"For 50 minutes it was our best effort man-for-man for the year," Hitchcock said. "I thought that we got a little bit tired and a little bit sloppy in the last ten minutes, but for 50 minutes it was as well as we could play. It's a good sign."

Game notes
Colorado is 10-2-1-1 in its last 14 road games. ... Colorado D Adam Foote returned after missing the last two games with a sore hamstring. ... The Flyers were without LW Simon Gagne, who reinjured his groin Friday night against the New York Rangers, and RW Joe Sacco, who missed his second game because of a concussion. ... Philadelphia had killed 29 straight penalties before Forsberg's goal. ... Johnsson played his 300th NHL game. ... The Flyers had won their previous five games against Western Conference teams.

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