Series (Game 2 of 6)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Thursday, December 11th
Game 2: Monday, December 29th
Game 3: Friday, January 2nd
Game 4: Monday, February 16th
Game 5: Wednesday, March 3rd
Game 6: Monday, March 8th

Canucks 3

(20-9-2, 48 pts)

Avalanche 2

(17-10-1, 42 pts)

9:00 PM ET, December 29, 2003

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
VAN 1 0 23
COL 2 0 02

S. Konowalchuk (Avalanche - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

D. Cloutier (Canucks - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .944

M. Keane (Canucks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Vancouver (19-9-6-2) at Colorado (17-9-7-1) 9:00 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- The first-place Vancouver Canucks try to bounce back from a poor performance Monday night as they visit the Colorado Avalanche in a Northwest Division matchup.

The Canucks are three points ahead of the Calgary Flames and four in front of the Avalanche, who have won an NHL-record nine straight division titles.

Vancouver is 5-3-3 in its last 11 games after Saturday's 6-2 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Brad May and Daniel Sedin scored to give a Canucks a 2-1 advantage in the second period, but backup goaltender Alex Auld gave up five unanswered goals.

The top line of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison did not register a point and were a combined minus-6.

Vancouver's top line of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison did not register a point and had a combined minus-6 rating.

No. 1 goalie Dan Cloutier made 31 saves in Friday's 2-0 win at Calgary and has notched two shutouts in his last three outings.

Colorado snapped a six-game winless streak with Saturday's 3-2 overtime victory vs. Philadelphia. The Avalanche snapped their longest skid of the season when Milan Hejduk scored 1:42 into overtime. Defenseman Rob Blake scored the tying goal with 77 seconds left in the third.

The Avalnche also welcomed Peter Forsberg back to the lineup. He had missed 19 games due to a groin injury and in his first action since November 9, he set up Blake's tally and logged over 16 1/2 minutes.

Joe Sakic collected a pair of assists and has 18 points in his last 10 games.

The first meeting of the season was a 1-1 tie in Vancouver on December 11, when Canucks defenseman Ed Jovanovski scored with 13:58 left in the third.