Streaking Colorado beat San Jose 4-1 Tuesday night but the victory might have been costly.
All-Star defenseman Rob Blake and goalie Patrick Roy exited with injuries and did not return.
Blake sprained his right knee early in the second period in a midice collision with San Jose's Bill Lindsay. Blake, acquired Feb. 21 from Los Angeles, was to be re-evaluated today.
Roy departed early in the final period with tendinitis in his knee and the Avs ahead 3-1. The team announced that Roy might return, but he didn't. David Aebischer finished, stopping all nine shots he faced.
Roy had 15 saves, and San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov had 28.
Colorado, 10-1-0-2 in its past 13, extended its lead to eight points over Detroit (107-99) in the race for the NHL's best record and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Defensemen Ray Bourque, Jon Klemm and Greg de Vries scored for the Avalanche.
Joe Sakic, the league's second-leading scorer, had three points, including an empty-net goal in the final minute.
In the first period, the Sharks took a 1-0 lead on Owen Nolan's 23rd goal at 7:39. Nolan, with his back to the goal, swatted at the puck and redirected it past Roy.
PANTHERS 3, CANADIENS 3: Jim Campbell had a goal and two assists as host Montreal overcame Pavel Bure's league-leading 55th goal.
Campbell set up Craig Darby's tying goal with 8:47 left as the Canadiens erased a two-goal deficit. Campbell scored his ninth of the season 1:30 into the third, 30 seconds after Olli Jokinen put Florida up 3-1. Bure extended his goal-scoring streak to five games with eight seconds left in the second.
"It's always fun to score goals, but it would be more fun to win," Bure said.
BLUE JACKETS: Right wing Matt Davidson and left wing Martin Spanhel were reassigned to Syracuse of the American Hockey League.
BRUINS: The AHL suspended Providence goalie John Grahame for two games for accidentally hitting an 8-year-old boy in the stands with his broken stick. The boy was not harmed. Grahame was also fined an undisclosed sum.
RED WINGS: Defenseman Chris Chelios (broken left thumb) will be out indefinitely and right wing Darren McCarty (sprained right ankle) will miss 2-3 weeks. Both were injured over the weekend.
McSORLEY TO EUROPE: The International Ice Hockey Federation cleared Marty McSorley to play in Europe, just not this season. He signed with the London Knights, but the British Superleague decided it was too late for him to play this season. His brother, Chris, coaches the Knights. McSorley's one-year suspension, for hitting Vancouver's Donald Brashear with his stick, ended in February but no NHL team signed him.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Canadian Hockey Association plans to invite Eric Lindros to play if he demonstrates a commitment. The CHA plans to contact Gord Kirke, Lindros' lawyer, this week concerning the tournament, April 28-May 13 in Hanover, Germany.