Recently back from a concussion, Eric Lindros is starting to look more like himself. Peter Forsberg has also returned from injury with a vengeance, although it took him a little longer to find his scoring touch.
Both superstars made their presences felt Thursday night as Lindros led the Philadelphia Flyers over the Florida Panthers 7-3 and Forsberg keyed Colorado's 4-1 victory over San Jose."It looks like Eric is getting his timing back," said Philadelphia coach Roger Neilson after Lindros scored two power-play goals in only his second game since missing 18 with a concussion. "At times, he was dominating. The power play was working tonight, and Eric had a lot to do with it."
Forsberg, meanwhile, had two goals and two assists to help the Avalanche snap a seven-game winless streak (0-6-1) and clinch their fourth straight division title.
Forsberg, in his third game back since missing seven with a pulled groin, scored his first goals since March 7. Along with the seven games missed because of injury, he had gone goal-less in eight others.
"We certainly needed that," Forsberg said. "We played much better. It's a step in the right direction, but we're not there yet."
FLYERS 7, PANTHERS 3: Lindros' 29th and 30th goals - also his first since March 7 - helped the Flyers ruin Florida's final game at Miami Arena.
John LeClair scored his 51st goal and added four assists for the Flyers, the No. 3 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Panthers, winding up their fifth season, will move to a new facility 35 miles north of Miami in western Fort Lauderdale next year.
"It's fun to score, but I felt better skating and handling the puck," Lindros said. "I'm getting there."
AVALANCHE 4, SHARKS 1: The Avalanche became the first NHL team to win four straight division titles since the Edmonton Oilers in the mid-1980s. The Avalanche's first title in the streak came when they were the Quebec Nordiques.
Forsberg, who once was traded for Lindros, increased his season point total to 90 to trail only Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr (100).
PENGUINS 4, HURRICANES 1: Pittsburgh scored three power-play goals in a span of 2:52 without NHL scoring leader Jaromir Jagr to beat Carolina.
CANADIENS 2, SENATORS 0: Brian Savage scored in the second period and Benoit Brunet added an empty-net goal in the final minute as visiting Montreal beat Ottawa to clinch at least seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Andy Moog stopped 23 shots and earned his third shutout of the season and 28th of his career.
BLACKHAWKS 1, DEVILS 1: Sergei Brylin scored his second goal of the season in the third period and the Devils, resting several of their top players, tied Chicago in the Blackhawks' home finale.
Chicago's James Black scored his 10th goal at 14 minutes of the first period.
COYOTES 3, STARS 2: Gerald Diduck scored two third-period goals, including the game-winner with 6:30 remaining, as host Phoenix beat Dallas to secure sixth place in the West.
BLUES 7, KINGS 3: Darren Turcotte and Craig Conroy each scored twice as the visiting Blues beat the Kings.
ISLANDERS 4, LIGHTNING 0: Wade Flaherty continued his goaltending mastery over Tampa Bay by stopping 25 shots as the Islanders shut out the Lightning for the third straight time.
The former Grizzly goalie allowed just one goal in four starts against the Lightning.