Prior to Wednesday's game versus Vancouver, a game that would break tie for seventh place, Peter Forsberg had played almost exclusively with David Jones and Joe Sakic.
After his three assist game playing with Stasny (1 Goal, 2 Assists) and Hejduk (2 Goals, 1 Assist) for a combined total of 9 points, I doubt the Forsberg-Jones-Sakic line will be seen much more this season.
And why should it be?
The Avs beat the Canucks, scoring four unanswered goals in a six minute span in the second period. With a 5-3 lead heading into the third, the line of Stastny-Hejduk-Forsberg came right out and produced a goal, capping off a 6-3 victory for the Avalanche.
Goal scorers were Hejduk (twice), Stastny, Leopold, McLeod, and Guite.
The McLeod goal was tremendously fun to watch. Cody had a breakaway after a perfect cross ice pass by Liles and the puck squeaked through Roberto Luongo's legs.
Guite's goal was the product of hard work. A lot of traffic in front of the net and a great job by Wojtek Wolski to poke the puck under Luongo's glove gave Guite an easy put away.
Jordan Leopold scored his second straight power play goal. The Avs PP is really heating up right now.
Once again, the Avs forechecked very well and they really took it to the Canucks after trailing 2-1 heading into the second period. Luongo was pulled halfway through but the Avs didn't let up for one second.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Peter Forsberg (Three assists to raise his totals to 6 points in 6 games)
2. Milan Hejduk (Two big goals including the game-winner)
3. Paul Stastny (Centering what might be the new hot line in hockey, three points)
The Avs play the Edmonton Oilers TONIGHT at 9 PM EST. This is a game the Oilers must win to keep their hopes for the 8th spot alive.
On the Bubble
I'm skipping it for this post to prepare for an expanded On the Bubble in a post later tonight. It will include schedules for all of the teams, predictions, and best/worst case scenarios.
Here are highlights from a very exciting game for Colorado fans.