Forsberg, 37, retires two games into comeback

DENVER — Normally stoic Peter Forsberg choked up Monday as he announced he was retiring because of a bothersome right foot.

The former league MVP, 37, played two games with the Avalanche, scoring no points in more than 35 minutes of ice time, in his final comeback attempt from an ailment that has plagued him since 2003. He feels "like a little kid that had candy stolen."

"I'm really happy that I got the chance with the Avalanche to come back here and try for the last time and put an end to it," Forsberg said. "Knowing for fact, 100 percent sure, that I'm not going to play anymore. In the back of my mind, it feels good now. I'm ready to retire."

Coyotes edge capitals: The host Coyotes blocked a season-high 20 shots in a 3-2 win over the Capitals, moving atop the Pacific Division. Washington's top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin had one point — an assist by Semin.

Around the league: Zenon Konopka said he and other Islanders see hypocrisy in Penguins owner Mario Lemieux, who blasted the league for being too lenient on New York after Friday's slugfest. "Here are the facts," Konopka said. "Matt Cooke is on his hockey team. The Penguins are in the top one or two with fights (they lead the league with major penalties). It's not like they're a bunch of altar boys sitting on the bench there." … The Maple Leafs traded forward Kris Versteeg, 24, to the Flyers for first-round and third-round picks. Coach Peter Laviolette said Versteeg might be on a line with Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk tonight against the Lightning.

at Coyotes 0 2 1 3
Capitals 0 1 1 2
at Coyotes 0 2 1 3
Capitals 0 1 1 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesMorris, Pho (hooking), :19.

Second Period1, Washington, Johansson 8 (Laich, Semin), 8:46. 2, Phoenix, Hanzal 12 (Whitney, Vrbata), 9:35. 3, Phoenix, Whitney 11 (Vrbata, Doan), 17:43 (pp). PenaltiesBissonnette, Pho (cross-checking), 3:17; Vrbata, Pho (delay of game), 14:13; Hannan, Was (roughing), 17:17; Belanger, Pho (high-sticking), 18:11.

Third Period4, Phoenix, Fiddler 6 (Upshall, Yandle), 4:24. 5, Washington, Bradley 4 (Steckel, Schultz), 5:04. PenaltiesLepisto, Pho (boarding), 2:11; Backstrom, Was, double minor (high-sticking), 17:34. Shots on GoalWashington 5-17-9—31. Phoenix 5-6-7—18. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 0 of 5; Phoenix 1 of 3. GoaliesWashington, Neuvirth 16-8-4 (18 shots-15 saves). Phoenix, Bryzgalov 24-14-6 (31-29). A13,856 (17,135). T2:28. Referees—Brian Pochmara, Don Van Massenhoven. LinesmenJay Sharrers, Bryan Pancich.

at Blues 2 1 0 3
Canucks 1 0 1 2

First Period1, St. Louis, McDonald 10 (Nikitin, Pietrangelo), 5:10 (pp). 2, Vancouver, H.Sedin 13 (Salo, Burrows), 10:15. 3, St. Louis, Steen 16, 12:17. PenaltiesEhrhoff, Van (hooking), 5:01.

Second Period4, St. Louis, Berglund 15 (Pietrangelo, McDonald), 17:29 (pp). PenaltiesBurrows, Van (interference), :29; Bieksa, Van (slashing), 6:17; Backes, StL (roughing), 11:12; Bieksa, Van (delay of game), 16:09; Rome, Van (holding), 18:44.

Third Period5, Vancouver, Hansen 7 (Torres, Ehrhoff), 1:47. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalVancouver 6-8-11—25. St. Louis 11-14-9—34. Power-play opportunitiesVancouver 0 of 1; St. Louis 2 of 5. GoaliesVancouver, Luongo 27-9-7 (34 shots-31 saves). St. Louis, Halak 19-17-6 (25-23). A19,150 (19,150). T2:19.

Forsberg, 37, retires two games into comeback 02/14/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:07am]

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