Series (Game 1 of 4)

Colorado leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, December 6th
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Game 2: Tuesday, January 6th
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Game 3: Saturday, February 28th
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Game 4: Friday, April 2nd
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Blue Jackets 1

(8-14-1, 20 pts)

Avalanche 5

(15-7-1, 34 pts)

9:00 PM ET, December 6, 2003

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
CBJ 0 1 01
COL 3 0 25

J. Sakic (Avalanche - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 3

D. Morris (Avalanche - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

P. Sauve (Avalanche - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .972

Columbus (8-13-3-1) at Colorado (14-7-3-1) 9:00 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche try to remain unbeaten all time against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday when the teams meet at the Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche are unbeaten in 12 games against the Blue Jackets (11-0-1) since the series between the teams began in 2000. They have won all six games against Columbus at the Pepsi Center, outscoring their Western Conference rival, 27-9.

Colorado is unbeaten in its last four games (2-0-2-0) after skating to a 2-2 tie against the San Jose Sharks on the road on Thursday.

Rob Blake scored and John-Michael Liles tallied the game-tying goal midway through the third period for the Avalanche, who have just two regulation losses in their last 15 games (9-2-3-1).

Colorado played without defenseman Adam Foote, who missed the game due to the flu.

The Avalanche are trying to match their longest unbeaten streak of the season - a five-game run (4-0-1) from November 2-11.

Columbus completed a three-game homestand with a 4-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Nikolai Zherdev scored his first NHL goal after the first-round draft pick flew out of Russia on Sunday. He also assisted on Rick Nash's goal in the final minute as the Blue Jackets lost for the third time in four games.