Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny is out for the rest of the Detroit series. ((Tom Olmscheid/Associated Press))

If the Colorado Avalanche are to write themselves into the NHL record books, they'll have to do it without Paul Stastny.

Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday that Stastny, the club's leading scorer in the regular season with 71 points, is out for the rest of the series and probably beyond that with a knee injury suffered in the first period of Game 3 on Tuesday, which Detroit won 4-3.

The Avalanche lost the first three contests of their Western Conference semifinal to the Red Wings, which doesn't bode well for Colorado because only two teams in the history of the NHL have erased 3-0 deficits to win a playoff series: the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders.

Aside from Statsny, the Avalanche have other injury problems to deal with.

Left-winger Ryan Smyth (foot) is doubtful and Peter Forsberg (groin) is questionable for Game 4 on Thursday.

Forsberg, who didn't attend practice Wednesday, missed the opening two games of the series before returning for Game 3.

"Hopefully, everything will be all right for him," Quenneville said of Forsberg.

The odds are against a Colorado comeback, but Avalanche captain Joe Sakic isn't ready to concede the series just yet.

"It takes four games to win a series, not three," Sakic said. "Our goal right now is just to win one game."