Final OT

Series (Game 3 of 4)

Colorado leads 2-0

Game 1: Thursday, October 24th
Game 2: Sunday, November 17th
Game 3: Monday, March 10th
Game 4: Saturday, March 29th

Coyotes 2

(27-28-4, 67 pts)

Avalanche 2

(34-16-7, 87 pts)

10:00 PM ET, March 10, 2003

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 OT T
ARI 0 0 2 02
COL 0 2 0 02

S. Doan (Coyotes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Blake (Avalanche - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

S. Burke (Coyotes - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .944

Forsberg keeps his hot streak alive with a goal

DENVER (AP) -- After the terrible start the Colorado Avalanche had this season, they can't complain too much about gaining ground on division-leader Vancouver.

Peter Forsberg scored for the third time in two games as the Avalanche tied the Phoenix Coyotes 2-2 Monday night to inch closer to an NHL-record ninth division title.

Colorado blew a two-goal lead, but still moved to three points of Vancouver in the Northwest Division. Colorado trailed the Canucks by as much as 13 points just two months ago, but is 17-2-3-2 its last 24 games and 8-0-2-1 in its last 11 home games.

''We definitely did not play well in the third or at least not well enough to get the two points,'' said Colorado coach Tony Granato, whose team has not lost at home in regulation since Jan. 16.

''The positive thing is that we got a point. We let one slip way, but that was a team over there that is fighting for their playoff lives.''

Phoenix, 8-3-2 its last 13 games, scored twice in the third period to pull to seven points of Edmonton for eighth in the Western Conference. The Coyotes came back from three goals down to beat San Jose 6-4 on Saturday.

''We needed something out of here,'' Phoenix coach Bob Francis said. ''It was make or break and the game ended the way I thought it should.''

Forsberg opened the scoring with 9:38 left in the second, redirecting a pass from Alex Tanguay for his 25th goal.

Tanguay took a shot that bounced back to him along the right boards. He centered a pass to Forsberg, who tilted the tip of his stick to beat Sean Burke from a tough angle.

Forsberg's goal extended his point streak to nine games.

Steven Reinprecht made it 2-0 on a power play just 1:59 later, flipping in his own rebound from the edge of the crease for his 15th of the season.

But after struggling most of the first two periods, Phoenix cut the lead to one 36 seconds into the third when Shane Doan slipped in a rebound between Patrick Roy's pads.

Roy stopped Branko Radivojevic's shot from the right circle, but Doan knocked the puck out of the air for his 20th goal.

''They were flat until they got that goal,'' Colorado defenseman Adam Foote said. ''Then they got some jump, they were in our face and they had some new life.''

Phoenix had a goal waved off because of a penalty midway through the period, but tied it just more than a minute later on the ensuing power play.

Brian Savage got the goal, his fourth, after gloving a shot by Deron Quint, dropping it just outside the crease and punching it past Roy with 6:59 left.

The Avalanche thought the goal shouldn't have counted because Savage closed his hand around the puck.

''I think we have the right to be mad about that goal,'' said Roy, who stopped 23 shots. ''He brought the puck from one side to the other side and I thought it looked worse on the ice from where I was.''

The Coyotes got off to another slow start, this time without forwards Tony Amonte and Andrei Nazarov.

After allowing six goals in the first period of its last two games, Phoenix spent most of the opening period against Colorado in its own zone.

The Coyotes had just one shot in the first 12 minutes and three in the period, escaping with a 0-0 tie only because the Avalanche kept missing the net with their shots.

Amonte was traded to Philadelphia for two draft choices and minor-leaguer before the game. Nazarov sat out after the NHL suspended him indefinitely for a match penalty after he elbowed San Jose's Dan McGillis on Saturday.

''We started a little tentative,'' Francis said. ''I'm not so sure that was the trade of Tony or the opponent. We wanted to come out in the first period in good shape and not put everybody to sleep.''

The Coyotes then made another trade after the game, sending center Daniel Briere and a third-round choice in the 2004 draft to the Buffalo Sabres for center Chris Gratton and a fourth-round choice next year.

Colorado's Bryan Marchment played his first game since being traded from San Jose on Saturday and he didn't take long to live up to his hard-hitting reputation.

Paired with Martin Skoula on Colorado's third line, Marchment dumped Phoenix's Mike Johnson with a cross-check midway through the first that set off a skirmish in front of the Coyotes bench.

Game notes

Forsberg has five goals and 11 assists during his point streak. ... Phoenix defenseman Brad Ference played for the first time since being traded from Florida for Darcy Hordichuk on Saturday. ... Tanguay has at least a point in 16 of 17 games. ... Doan has six points in two games. ... Roy got a gross misconduct penalty after the game for arguing with an official.

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