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05-19-2013, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
I wouldn't say better by any means. Forsberg, like Sakic, was a playoff beast. However, he did much of his damage the years the Avs lost. Sakic did much of his damage the years the Avs won the Cup. Sakic was by far the most important Av in 1996. In 2001 Forsberg missed the last two rounds and Sakic had a Smythe worthy run.
Off-topic (isn't everything in this thread?), but it always rubs me the wrong way when you say this, Phil. The Avalanche didn't win the Stanley Cup when Forsberg was doing his "damage" from 1999-2002 because Sakic consistently came up short against Dallas and Detroit.

Forsberg vs. Dallas/Detroit: 32 GP, 14 G, 21 A, 35 PTS, +11
Sakic vs. Dallas/Detroit: 32 GP, 6 G, 11 A, 17 PTS, -8

Sakic can hang his hat on 1996, 1997, and 2001, but let's not lose sight of the fact that Sakic's lesser production against the two elite rival teams is the difference between the Avalanche advancing to the Stanley Cup or losing in the Western Conference playoffs in the years when Forsberg was the man.

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