Patrick Roy was pulled after giving up five goals on 20 shots as the Florida Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Pavel Bure recorded a hat trick and it looked like it was just going to be that kind of night for the Colorado Avalanche. Down by five in the final five minutes of the second period, it seemed like hope was lost. Then Peter Forsberg decided to be the force that Avalanche fans enjoyed watching for years.
Forsberg got the Avalanche on board just before the end of the second period. A 5-1 deficit still looked pretty insurmountable, but Forsberg assisted on a Claude Lemiuex just 17 seconds into the third to make it a 5-2 game. Forsberg scored again at 7:15 of the third period to cut the lead to 5-3. With five minutes to go, the Panthers still held a 5-3 lead. And that’s when “Foppa” took his game to another level. He set up Adam Deadmarsh for a power play goal and then, after Chris Drury tied things at 15:41, set up Milan Hejduk for the game-winning goal at 17:40. Forsberg capped off his magical night by finishing off the hat trick with just over a minute remaining. Three goals and three assists in the final 22 minutes for Peter “The Great”
After the game, Panthers head coach Terry Murray said, “Forsberg basically took it in his own hands to go out and get the job done. He was a force out there.”