2nd-seeded ’95-’96 Avalanche Defeat 4th-seeded ’02-’03 Avalanche in Six Games; Clinch Second UNP Berth

One of the cooler wordmarks in the history of the NHL. The Avs used this from the '95-'96 season to the '98-'99 season. (Photo via sportslogos.net)

One of the cooler wordmarks in the history of the NHL. The Avs used this from the ’95-’96 season to the ’98-’99 season. (Photo via sportslogos.net)

Here is the 2016 Colorado Avalanche Qualifying Tournament in its entirety.

The 4th-seeded ’02-’03 Avalanche were making their first appearance in the qualifier final and took Game 1 by a score of 5-3. Foppa, or Peter Forsberg, registered four assists in the win while Milan Hejduk scored two goals and added an assist. The ’02-’03 Avs then took a 2-0 lead into the third period of Game 2, but the 2nd-seeded ’95-’96 Avalanche scored three unanswered goals in the third to come back and win 3-2. Adam Deadmarsh scored two of those three goals, including the game-tying and game-winning goals. The ’95-’96 Avs took a 2-1 series lead when they took Game 3 by a final of 3-2 as Joe Sakic scored a late winner. Forsberg, again, was a leading contributor with a couple more assists in Game 3. The ’95-’96 Avs then scored four times in the first period of Game 4 on their way to a 4-1 win and a 3-1 series lead. Cap’N Sakic scored twice while Valeri Kamensky pitched in with two helpers.

Game 5 turned into a bit of a marathon as the ’02-’03 Avs were trying to stave off elimination. They led 2-1 late in the third period, but a Deadmarsh goal with about a minute and a half remaining in regulation forced overtime for the ’95-’96 Avs. It wasn’t until the 1:36 mark of the second overtime that Sakic finally scored the overtime winner for the ’02-’03 Avs and took this series to a Game 6. Patrick Roy stood on his head for the ’02-’03 Avs in the win stopping 64 of 66 shots against. In Game 6, Andrei Kovalenko scored his second goal of the game a minute and a half into the third period to give the ’95-’96 Avs a 3-1 lead. However, in a span of a minute and a half towards the middle of the third, the ’02-’03 Avs scored twice to fight back and even the game at three. Then, the ’95-’96 Avs retook the lead thanks to a goal from Mike Ricci with just over five minutes remaining. Roy and the ’95-’96 Avs would close the door from there to clinch their second Ultimate NHL Playoff berth with a 4-3 win.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’02-’03 Avalanche 1 2 2 5
’95-’96 Avalanche 0 2 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’02-’03 COL – 5   ’95-’96 COL – 3   (1-0   ’02-’03 COL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Milan Hejduk (’02-’03 COL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   3 S

2nd Star: C – Peter Forsberg (’02-’03 COL) – 0 G   4 A   4 P   2 PIM

3rd Star: LW – Alex Tanguay (’02-’03 COL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S   2 PIM

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’02-’03 Avalanche 1 1 0 2
’95-’96 Avalanche 0 0 3 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’95-’96 COL – 3   ’02-’03 COL – 2   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Adam Deadmarsh (’95-’96 COL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   5 S

2nd Star: G – Patrick Roy (’95-’96 COL) – W   2.00 GAA   .947 SV% (36 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Patrick Roy (’02-’03 COL) – L   3.00 GAA   .929 SV% (39 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’95-’96 Avalanche 1 1 1 3
’02-’03 Avalanche 0 2 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’95-’96 COL – 3   ’02-’03 COL – 2   (2-1   ’95-’96 COL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Joe Sakic (’95-’96 COL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   5 S

2nd Star: G – Patrick Roy (’95-’96 COL) – W   2.00 GAA   .947 SV% (36 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Peter Forsberg (’95-’96 COL) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   7 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’95-’96 Avalanche 4 0 0 4
’02-’03 Avalanche 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’95-’96 COL – 4   ’02-’03 COL – 1   (3-1   ’95-’96 COL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Joe Sakic (’95-’96 COL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   3 S

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

3rd Star: LW – Valeri Kamensky (’95-’96 COL) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   4 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’02-’03 Avalanche 0 1 1 1 3
’95-’96 Avalanche 0 0 2 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’02-’03 COL – 3   ’95-’96 COL – 2   (2OT)   (3-2   ’95-’96 COL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Patrick Roy (’02-’03 COL) – W   2.00 GAA   .970 SV% (64 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Peter Forsberg (’02-’03 COL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: G – Patrick Roy (’95-’96 COL) – OTL   3.00 GAA   .919 SV% (34 SV’s)

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’95-’96 Avalanche 2 0 2 4
’02-’03 Avalanche 1 0 2 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’95-’96 COL – 4   ’02-’03 COL – 3   (4-2   ’95-’96 COL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Andrei Kovalenko (’95-’96 COL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   4 S

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

3rd Star: C – Peter Forsberg (’95-’96 COL) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   6 S

Up next is the 2016 Montreal Maroons Qualifying Tournament!

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