Forsberg Buries Flames 

Swedish Star Puts on Show in Ave WIn

February 9th, 2002
D'Arcy McGrath

Lowry Conroy Iginla
Gelinas Drury Saprykin
Niedermayer Yelle Clark
Berube Begin Nichol
Lydman Boughner
Leopold Montador
Dupont Mottau

Two nights ago it was Jarome Iginla, making up for an inexperienced Calgary defence and single handedly disposing of the Edmonton Oilers.

Tonight, another star player, Colarado forward Peter Forsberg, took advantage of that same inexperienced defence in leading the Avalanche to a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.

The Forberg show began in the first period when last year's playoff points leader took advantage the home squad's last change.

The Flames were pinned in their own zone with a mismatch of personnel; Calgary's fourth line against Forsberg, when the latter put on a clinic before putting the puck high blocker side past Roman Turek, after making three skaters look silly.

In the second period it was more of the same with Forsberg scoring two more times to pace the Avalanche to a 4-0 lead after two periods.

First Forsberg played keep away in the Calgary zone until his mates could complete a line change. Finally with a full complement on the ice, Forsberg fed the point then out dashed Calgary's Martin Gelinas to the slot and beat Turek with a tipped shot that coasted over his blocker.

Late in the second Forsberg took a break away pass, and beat Turek short side sending a parade of ball caps on to the ice.

The red hot Avalanche were coming into the game with five straight wins, and an eight game unbeaten streak despite key injuries to captain Joe Sakic and former Flames defenceman Derek Morris.

The Pepsi Center had been quite comfortable for the Flames in the recent past with the club unbeaten in their last seven visits, many of those with Forsberg not present.

Give the Flames credit in this one, they didn't roll over.

Down 4-0 after two, the visitors rallied the troops to badly out play the home side in the third period, scoring twice and carrying a shot advantage to the tune of 17-8.

The Flames third period marksmen were Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy, both of whom managed to keep their production streaks alive.

The loss keeps the Flames in last place in the Western Conference, one point behind Columbus, and two points behind both Nashville and Phoenix. 

The win moves the Avalanche into 5th place in the West as they continue to chug up towards their rightful place in the West's top three or four.

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Colorado Avalanche 4
Calgary Flames 2

1) Peter Forsberg - Three high light reel goals to send the Flames packing early. 

2) David Aebischer - Colorado backup was needed late when the Flames took the play to the Avalanche.

3) Craig Conroy - Goal and an assist in the third period for the losers.

With the game still in doubt and without a goal stick, Roman Turek stuck out his right pad to rob Adam Foote when he one timed a pass from the corner off the stick of Dan Hinote.


Stephane Yelle got the better of a fierce collision between he and his former teammate Peter Forsberg. Forsberg fell to the ice, got up and gingerly skated to get his wind back.

The young Flames defence was able to hold their own against Anaheim, Chicago and Edmonton by keeping the game plan simple. That plan however is out the window when you have a presence like Peter Forsberg on the ice. He managed to expose Calgary's key weakness early, and often on the night. ... The Flames held a huge advantage in the face off circle, winning 45 of the 72 draws for 63%. Scott Nichol (70%), Chris Drury (70%), and Stephane Yelle (63%) lead the way. ... Mike Mottau and Micki Dupont were both a -2 for the Flames on the night. The other two young defencemen, Steve Montador and Jordan Leopold both managed to stay even.
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