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Peter Forsberg’s return cannot stop Avs’ skid, Columbus beats Colorado 3-1

Peter Forsberg, Kris Russell

Colorado Avalanche’s Peter Forsberg, right, of Sweden, carries the puck across the blue line as Columbus Blue Jackets’ Kris Russell defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


Peter Forsberg played in his first game in three years, but the emotional and on-ice lift wasn’t enough to return the Colorado Avalanche to the “win” column. The Avs continue to search for answers as the Columbus Blue Jackets handed them their sixth consecutive loss, 3-1.

Columbus 3, Colorado 1

Forsberg actually looked pretty decent, despite posting a -2 rating in 17:38 of ice time. Adrian Dater writes that Forsberg “looked a lot like the old player that used to dominate the league” but his teammates almost seemed unprepared by his tape-to-tape passes.

The Avalanche have slipped from one of the most exciting teams in the league as they used to create and allow tons of scoring chances, but now they’re just snake-bitten. They’ve only scored three goals in their last four games and have only one win their last nine contests.

While Colorado’s playoff hopes fade, the Blue Jackets are really heating up. Columbus earned wins in four of their last five games, only losing to the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Wednesday. Rick Nash scored a goal and added an assist in the game, leaving the Blue Jackets four points behind the Calgary Flames for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.