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Forsberg scores OT winner in Swedish Elite League contest

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The Canadian Press
9/26/2009 2:40:32 PM
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STOCKHOLM -- Peter Forsberg scored the overtime winner and set up the other goal Saturday as his hometown team Modo edged Djurgarden 2-1 in the Swedish Elite League.

It was the second goal in as many games this week for the 36-year-old centre, who is embarking on another comeback attempt following multiple foot surgeries with the aim of returning to the NHL.

The former NHL MVP silenced the sellout crowd at 2:51 into overtime, roofing a rebound into the net to secure the win. Josh Green, a native of Camrose, Alta., who has played for seven NHL teams during his career, set up the goal.

"It was fun to score the game-winner on away ice and in overtime," Forsberg said. "I have hardly played any games in the last three years, so it was a long time since I scored a game-winner."

Forsberg, who won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche and was the NHL's MVP in 2003, has only played sporadically over the last two seasons because of an ailing right foot.

The forward made a late-season return to the Avalanche in 2008, but injuries kept him out of nine of 18 regular-season games and three of four games in the second round of the playoffs.

He tried playing for Modo last season, but only managed two games before calling off that comeback attempt. Last month, Forsberg was picked for Sweden's preliminary Olympic roster for the Vancouver Games.

Modo gave Forsberg a one-week tryout contract, which has one game remaining.

"The contract can be extended," Forsberg said. "We'll see how it goes."

Forsberg can play with Modo until the NHL season begins Oct. 2 without jeopardizing a possible comeback in North America.

Djurgarden took the lead after just 2:02 when Andreas Engqvist scored a power-play goal.

Forsberg set up Magnus Haggstrom's tying goal with a perfect pass that went between the legs of a Djurgarden defenceman at 14:08 in the same period.

Peter Forsberg (Photo: Hakan Nordstrom/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Hakan Nordstrom/AFP/Getty Images)
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