Reigning Representatives, 2nd-seeded ’95-’96 Avalanche Start Repeat Quest by Defeating 7th-seeded ’03-’04 Avalanche in Six Games

(Photo via Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

The ’95-’96 Avalanche had a fairly balanced offense in this series, but Valeri Kamensky stood out. (Photo via Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

This series featured three games that went into overtime and the first occurred in Game 1. Joe Sakic gave the 7th-seeded ’03-’04 Avalanche a 3-1 lead late in the second period, but by the 8:36 mark of the third, the 2nd-seeded ’95-’96 Avalanche had the game tied. Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh then won it almost four minutes into overtime for the ’95-’96 Avalanche. Then, Ozolinsh and Valeri Kamensky posted multi-point games in Game 2 as the ’95-’96 Avalanche won 4-3 to take a 2-0 series lead. Milan Hejduk scored twice and just four seconds apart in the first minute of Game 3 to help lead the ’03-’04 Avalanche to a 3-1 lead at the start of the second period. However, the ’95-’96 Avalanche would score four unanswered goals to win 5-3 behind three-point games from Kamensky (1G, 2A), Sakic (3A) and Claude Lemieux (2G, 1A).

Game’s 4 and 5 both went to overtime and both ended 3-2 in favor of the ’03-’04 Avalanche. Steve Konowalchuk scored the OT winner in Game 4 on the PP and then defenseman Derek Morris won Game 5 for the ’03-’04 Avs. It is worth noting the ’03-’04 Avalanche held leads in the third periods of both of those two games. Then, a PP goal from Hejduk six and a half minutes into the second period of Game 6 gave the ’03-’04 Avalanche a 2-1 lead. The ’95-’96 Avalanche would tied it five and a half minutes later, Ozolinsh, and then would take a 3-2 lead seven minutes after that, Kamensky. Defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre scored an empty-netter in the final minute of the third to help seal the win and the series for the ’95-’96 Avalanche.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’03-’04 Avalanche 2 1 0 0 3
’95-’96 Avalanche 1 1 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’95-’96 COL – 4   ’03-’04 COL – 3   (OT)   (1-0   ’95-’96 COL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Martin Rucinsky (’95-’96 COL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: RW – Claude Lemieux (’95-’96 COL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   7 S

3rd Star: C – Joe Sakic (’95-’96 COL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   7 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’03-’04 Avalanche 0 2 1 3
’95-’96 Avalanche 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’95-’96 COL – 4   ’03-’04 COL – 3   (2-0   ’95-’96 COL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Valeri Kamensky (’95-’96 COL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   4 S

2nd Star: LW – Paul Kariya (’03-’04 COL) – 1 G   1 A   3 P   +3   1 S

3rd Star: C – Peter Forsberg (’03-’04 COL) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +3   0 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’95-’96 Avalanche 1 2 2 5
’03-’04 Avalanche 3 0 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’95-’96 COL – 5   ’03-’04 COL – 3   (3-0   ’95-’96 COL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Claude Lemieux (’95-’96 COL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   7 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: RW – Milan Hejduk (’03-’04 COL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   Even   10 S

3rd Star: LW – Valeri Kamensky (’95-’96 COL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   7 S   2 PIM

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’95-’96 Avalanche 1 0 1 0 2
’03-’04 Avalanche 2 0 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’03-’04 COL – 3   ’95-’96 COL – 2   (OT)   (3-1   ’95-’96 COL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – David Aebischer (’03-’04 COL) – W   2.00 GAA   .960 SV% (48 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Valeri Kamensky (’95-’96 COL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   4 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: RW – Claude Lemieux (’95-’96 COL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   6 S   4 PIM

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’03-’04 Avalanche 2 0 0 1 3
’95-’96 Avalanche 0 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’03-’04 COL – 3   ’95-’96 COL – 2   (OT)   (3-2   ’95-’96 COL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – David Arbischer (’03-’04 COL) – W   2.00 GAA   .960 SV% (48 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Joe Sakic (’03-’04 COL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   4 S

3rd Star: G – Patrick Roy (’95-’96 COL) – OTL   3.00 GAA   .932 SV% (41 SV’s)

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’95-’96 Avalanche 1 2 1 4
’03-’04 Avalanche 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’95-’96 COL – 4   ’03-’04 COL – 2   (4-2   ’95-’96 COL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Sandis Ozolinsh (’95-’96 COL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   2 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: C – Peter Forsberg (’95-’96 COL) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +3   7 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: G – David Aebischer (’03-’04 COL) – L   3.00 GAA   .927 SV% (38 SV’s)

Up next in the 3-6 matchup are the ’96-’97 Avs and the ’98-’99 Avs!

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