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Forsberg gets two goals in consecutive games

1/28/2004

DENVER (AP) -- Peter Forsberg is never satisfied.

Even after scoring two goals for the second straight game since
returning from a groin injury, Forsberg was his own worst critic.

"I scored a couple of goals, but it was my fault on their
goal," Forsberg said Tuesday night after leading the Colorado
Avalanche past the Edmonton Oilers 3-1.

"I was dead tired, to be honest with you, in the first period.
I can be better. It was just two lucky goals. I'll keep working and
get back into condition."

Forsberg, who missed four straight games, returned Saturday
against Pittsburgh and had two goals and an assist. Forsberg also
had two goals in the last game he played before his injury, Jan. 15
against Dallas.

He has scored points in each of his last 10 games, but the NHL
doesn't count that as a scoring streak because of the injury
absence.

"Peter made the big plays," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said.
"I thought he changed the momentum, along with Joe (Sakic), Paul
(Kariya) and a lot of the guys we had killing penalties."

Colorado's David Aebischer had 33 saves, including 17 in the
second period, and earned an assist on one of Forsberg's goals.

"I didn't have a good first period," Aebischer said. "We were
lucky that one goal was disallowed and another shot hit the post.
That second period got me into the game."

Edmonton rookie goalie Ty Conklin had 19 saves.

Steve Konowalchuk had the other Colorado goal, and Radek Dvorak
scored for Edmonton.

"There were a lot of missed opportunities tonight," Oilers
coach Craig MacTavish said. "We could have walked out of here with
a win, but it adds up to another disappointing loss for a club that
can't afford any more. We've got to find a way to generate more
offense, some more fire in our game and more desperation than we've
had."

Colorado, the Western Conference points leader, is 12-1-1-1 in
its last 15 games. Edmonton has lost three straight.

Oilers forward Mike York fractured a finger in the second period
and didn't return.

Dvorak's goal gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead in the first period.

The Oilers had an apparent goal by Ryan Smyth disallowed at
5:22. After consulting video replay, referee Dan O'Halloran ruled
that Smyth kicked the puck into the net with his left skate.

Five minutes later, Dvorak got a goal that counted. The Oilers
dug the puck out of the left corner, and Dvorak scored from the
slot at 10:42.

Smyth hit the right post with a shot later in the period, and
Sakic fired wide on a two-on-one rush.

Forsberg got the lone goal of the second period, his 13th.

Seven minutes into the period, Edmonton had outshot Colorado
9-0, but the Avalanche regrouped. Forsberg chipped in his own
rebound from just left of the goal at 11:24.

Edmonton, which outshot Colorado 17-6 in the period, had three
straight power plays but couldn't convert.

Forsberg scored again at 6:18 of the third period during
Colorado's first power play of the game. He skated from the left
boards to the right side, eluding a defender, and beat Conklin from
the right circle. Aebischer got the second assist on the goal,
playing the puck just outside of the net and passing to Derek
Morris. It was Aebischer's second career assist.

Konowalchuk scored at 18:23 on another power play, taking Rob
Blake's pass in the slot.

Game notes
Edmonton G Tommy Salo started 15 of the previous 17 games.
... Colorado forward Milan Hejduk is the NHL's offensive player of
the week. He had three goals and five assists in four road games
last week, including a penalty-shot goal in overtime against Tampa
Bay. ... Colorado forward Andrei Nikolishin missed his second
straight game with an abdominal muscle injury, and Peter Worrell
was scratched because of a bruised knee. ... Colorado forward
Travis Brigley returned after missing 18 games with a back injury.
... Aebischer also had an assist against New Jersey on March 13,
2001.