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Avs lead first-round series 2-0

4/12/2004

DENVER (AP) -- Peter Forsberg seemed to be everywhere, setting up
scoring chances and creating havoc all over the ice.

Not quite what the Dallas Stars had in mind.

Forsberg had a goal and an assist and was part of a line that
combined for two goals and four assists, lifting the Avalanche to a
5-2 victory over the Stars on Friday night.

"We have to be a lot more disciplined," Dallas center Mike Modano said.

The Stars were hoping to do better against Forsberg, Alex Tanguay and Milan Hejduk after the trio scored two goals in Colorado's 3-1 victory in Game 1.

Instead, it got worse.

Forsberg and Tanguay scored for the second straight game and had
an assist apiece and Hejduk added two assists to put Colorado up 2-0
in the best-of-seven series.

"If you work hard, you will get the breaks," said Forsberg,
who has an eight-game playoff point streak. "If you go to the net
hard, you are going to score those goals."

But it wasn't just Colorado's top line causing Dallas problems.

Joe Sakic scored for the second straight game, grinding forward
Dan Hinote added a goal, and Steve Konowalchuk sealed the win with
a power-play goal early in the third period.

"We are a better team than that," Stars coach Dave Tippett
said. "We have battled back from adversity before, and we are
going to have to do it again."

Dallas struggled on the road all season, and the playoffs
haven't been any easier.

The Stars ended the season 0-for-34 on the power play in their
last nine road games, and they've scored one goal on 12 chances in
the series after going 1-for-7 in Game 2.

Dallas also gave up a short-handed goal and allowed the
Avalanche to go 3-for-9 on the power play after they had scored just one
goal in 27 previous chances.

At least Monday's Game 3 is in Dallas, where the Stars were 26-7-8
this season.

"They won their games at home, and now it's a matter of us going
back and returning the favor," Dallas' Chris Therien said.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first nine minutes Wednesday,
Dallas took its first lead in the series on Modano's power-play
goal 8½ minutes into Game 2.

It didn't last long.

Sakic tied it on a power play just 1:03 later, sneaking in for a
one-timer on Forsberg's pass from behind the goal.

"Momentum is a big thing there," said Colorado's Rob Blake,
who had two assists. "We matched it early with a goal right after
theirs."

Then things really heated up.

The crowd and Sakic were furious late in the first period when
Tanguay was called for a penalty after bumping into Stars goalie
Marty Turco along the sideboards.

Sakic had a heated conversation with one official after the
call, but Colorado was able to kill off the penalty.

Dallas was called for too many men on the ice at the end of the
power play, and Tanguay took advantage by tipping Blake's shot from
near the blue line to put the Avalanche up 2-1 with 2.8 seconds
left.

Then it was the Stars' turn to be angry.

Colorado's Teemu Selanne slashed Steve Ott on the back of the
legs after the horn sounded, but the officials didn't see it.
Dallas forward Bill Guerin did. He went after Selanne and had to be
restrained as he skated toward one of the officials.

"Mentally, we weren't very strong," Modano said. "They
frustrated us. We have to learn to stay within the game and control
our emotions a little bit better."

The Stars' fortunes didn't get any better in the second period.

Forsberg scored 6:48 in on a centering pass that caromed past
Turco off the skate of Dallas defenseman Richard Matvichuk.

The next goal, a short-hander by Hinote, came six minutes later after Andrei Nikolishin whiffed on a shot, and Turco swiped it back toward his net.

"We've had some unfortunate bounces that haven't gone our way,
and certainly there have been some breakdowns," Turco said.

Therien made it 4-2 late in the period on a one-timer from the
slot after no one picked him up, but Konowalchuk answered three
minutes into the third by redirecting a shot from Blake.

Game notes
Colorado forward Paul Kariya will travel to Dallas to keep receiving treatment for his sprained ankle, but the Avalanche aren't sure whether he'll be able to play in Games 3 or 4. ... Dallas RW Scott Young returned after missing 19 regular-season games and Game 1 with back spasms. ... Sakic has 73 playoff goals, passing Esa Tikkanen for 11th on the NHL career list.