Forsberg victorious in Colorado return

Swedish superstar Peter Forsberg didn't register a point but he made the most of his return to Colorado by helping the Avalanche post a 2-1 win over Vancouver on Tuesday.

Appearing in his first National Hockey League game with the Avalanche since April 4th, 2004 after signing a contract for the remainder of the season on February 25th, Forsberg logged a massive amount of ice time, making it through his season debut unscathed.

After nursing foot and ankle injuries since the 2006-07 Stanley Cup playoffs, the former MVP winner recorded three shots on goal on 22 shifts that totaled just under 20 minutes of ice time.

Defenceman John-Michael Liles snapped a tie early in the third period with a power-play goal.

Paul Stastny also scored, Andrew Brunette recorded two assists and Jose Theodore made 26 saves for Colorado (35-26-6), which jumped ahead of Vancouver (32-24-10) for seventh place in the Western Conference.

Ryan Shannon tallied and Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots for the Canucks, who fell to 0-2-2 in their last four games.


Swedish ice hockey team faces strong Russia

The Swedes face a tough test in Saturday's ice hockey world championships semi-final against 2012 winners Russia, who are seeking redemption for their Sochi Olympic flop.

Swedish ice hockey team faces strong Russia
Sweden's Gustav Nyquist goes up against Belarus in the qualifying rounds. Photo: TT

The Swedish squad came to Minsk with ten players who had never played in the world championship before. The team struggled throughout the preliminary round before winning a place in the last four by edging out hosts Belarus 3-2.

This hard-fought win seems to have boosted the Swedes' confidence ahead of the dangerous semi-final confrontation with the Russians.

"They have those two superstars of course, but also a great team," Swede Gustav Nyquist, a Detroit Red Wings right winger, said of Russians Alexander Ovechkin and Yevgeny Malkin.

"But we're good too and have shown what we can do. It'll be a tight game. The results in the quarter-finals goes to show that any team of the four remaining can win this."

Russia, the only team with a perfect record at the event, look favourites to win with strong performances in all areas of the ice, including defence. The team has allowed just seven goals in eight matches.