Final OT

Series (Game 3 of 4)

Nashville leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 25th
Game 2: Monday, November 24th
Game 3: Thursday, January 8th
Game 4: Sunday, April 4th

Avalanche 3

(21-10-2, 51 pts)

Predators 4

(19-16-2, 44 pts)

8:00 PM ET, January 8, 2004

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 OT T
COL 2 0 1 03
NSH 0 2 1 14

J. York (Predators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

C. Mason (Predators - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .912

P. Kariya (Avalanche - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Colorado (21-10-7-1) at Nashville (18-16-4-2) 8:00 pm EST

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- With all their stars back in the lineup, the Colorado Avalanche try to extend their winning streak to five games Thursday night when they open a three-game road trip against the Nashville Predators.

Left wing Paul Kariya played for the first time since November 15 and capped a four-goal second period as the Avalanche routed the Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-0, on Tuesday.

Kariya, who was out with a wrist injury, has four goals and a pair of assists in eight games.

Peter Forsberg had a pair of assists and has eight points since returning from a groin injury on December 27. Fellow center Joe Sakic, who missed his first game of the season on Sunday due to a fractured jaw, scored his 17th goal in the third period.

The Predators are coming off consecutive road losses, but are 3-0-1 in their last four games at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

On Tuesday, Scott Walker scored a shorthanded goal in Nashville's 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Predators were 0-for-7 on the power play.

The teams have split two meetings this season, with each winning on the road.

Milan Hejduk scored two second-period goals and Forsberg added a goal and two assists to lead the Avalanche to a 5-3 win here on October 25. Colorado is 6-2-3 all time in Nashville.