Avalanche 5, Canucks 2
DENVER (AP) _ Peter Forsberg again tormented the Vancouver Canucks with two goals and Joe Sakic added a goal and two assists as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Canucks 5-2 Wednesday night.
Colorado won for only the third time in 11 home games.
Theo Fleury had a goal and two assists and Sandis Ozolinsh added two assists as the Avalanche went 3-for-6 on the power play. Patrick Roy, 22-7-3 lifetime against Vancouver, stopped 32 shots for his 405th win.
Alexander Mogilny had a goal and an assist and Bert Robertsson got his second goal in as many games for the Canucks, winless in their last five and 1-8-2 in their last 11 games.
Vancouver was 0-for-3 on the power play and starting goaltender Garth Snow lasted only 7:20, allowing two goals on five shots.
Colorado jumped Vancouver from the start with two goals from Forsberg, who has 13 goals and 27 assists in 20 games against the Canucks, and one from Claude Lemieux in the first period. Lemieux got his 25th of the year at 2:56, converting a cross-ice pass from Fleury.
Forsberg skated down a pass from Sakic and slid the puck between the pads of Snow with a wrist shot from the upper right circle for his 24th goal of the year. Kevin Weekes replaced Snow at that point and allowed Forsberg’s second goal of the night.
Forsberg scored from just in front at 13:10 with the Avalanche on a power play.
Colorado was outshot 17-8 and outplayed by the Canucks in the second period, but extended its lead to 5-1 on power-play goals by Fleury and Sakic. Fleury flipped the puck over the outstretched stick of Weekes after skating past defenseman Murray Baron.
Mogilny scored his 10th of the year after Darby Hendrickson’s shot rebounded off the goalpost right to Mogilny. Sakic sent a wrist shot off the stick of Mattias Ohlund at 17:41 for his 36th of the year.