Peter Forsberg and Sandis Ozolinsh scored two goals apiece as the Colorado Avalanche dominated the first rematch of last season's Western Conference final, beating the Red Wings, 4-1, Wednesday night in Detroit.
Colorado, which defeated the Red Wings, four games to two, in the conference final, before going on to sweep Florida and win the Stanley Cup, has won five consecutive games and is unbeaten in its last 11, tying a franchise record.
Goalie Patrick Roy was hardly challenged by a weak Detroit offense, as he made 21 saves for his league-leading 12th victory.
Edmonton's Curtis Joseph picked up his second shutout in a week--his league-leading third of the season--and also assisted on the game-winning, short-handed goal as the Oilers defeated Ottawa, 4-0, at Kanata, Canada. . . . The Florida Panthers, who have lost only twice this season, scored three goals in the first period at Montreal on the way to a 5-3 victory over the Canadiens. . . . Philadelphia's Pat Falloon scored the tie-breaking goal, on the power play, at 5:51 of the third period, and the visiting Flyers hung on to defeat the New York Rangers, 2-1, behind Ron Hextall's goaltending. . . . The Islanders' Bryan McCabe scored 45 seconds into overtime to give New York a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Uniondale, N.Y. . . . Calgary's Theoren Fleury scored with 9:21 remaining as the visiting Flames rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the Dallas Stars, 3-3.