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3/9/2003

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

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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