DETROIT - The Colorado Avalanche were without centre Peter Forsberg in their 4-3 loss Thursday night to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.
Colorado scratched Forsberg from the lineup because of a groin injury. The Avs didn't know he would be out until 2 1/2 hours before the game.
"He pulled his groin in the morning skate," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "We were hoping he would be able to go, but he wasn't about to go through the pre-game warmups."
Forsberg had five points - trailing only teammate Joe Sakic in scoring - against the third-seeded Minnesota Wild in the first round.
The Avs brought the star back by re-signing him on Feb. 25, and he had 14 points in nine games as they rallied for a spot in the playoffs. The former Hart Trophy winner has 171 points in 150 playoff games and helped Colorado win the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001.
"Obviously, you miss Peter's talent because he attracts a lot of attention from the opposition," Quenneville said. "But we're used to him being in and out of the lineup."
The Avs had forward Wojtek Wolski on the ice for less than four minutes before he left the game with an upper-body injury. Quenneville is hopefully Wolski will play in Game 2 Saturday afternoon.