Series (Game 3 of 4)

Colorado leads 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, November 11th
Game 2: Thursday, December 4th
Game 3: Saturday, January 17th
Game 4: Friday, March 5th

Sharks 2

(20-11-4, 55 pts)

Avalanche 1

(25-11-2, 59 pts)

8:30 PM ET, January 17, 2004

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 12
COL 1 0 01

V. Toskala (Sharks - G): Saves: 32, Save Pct.: .970

N. Ekman (Sharks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Sakic (Avalanche - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

San Jose (19-11-11-4) at Colorado (25-10-7-2) 8:30 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- Peter Forsberg and the Colorado Avalanche look to extend their unbeaten streak over the San Jose Sharks to nine games Saturday night as the teams meet at the Pepsi Center.

Colorado is 7-0-1 against San Jose since losing two in a row at the Pepsi Center during the 2001-02 season. The Avalanche are 29-11-5 all time against San Jose and 10-4-4 in Colorado.

The teams played twice in San Jose earlier this season. Former Shark Teemu Selanne snapped a tie 7:10 into the third period to lead Colorado to 4-3 win on November 11. On December 4, the Avalanche squandered a two-goal lead in the third period and settled for a 2-2 tie.

Forsberg has not faced the Sharks this season and has collected 10 goals and 25 assists in 30 career games vs. San Jose. He has five goals and 11 assists during an eight-game points streak.

Forsberg, who returned from a groin injury December 27, scored twice as Colorado posted a 4-1 victory over Dallas. The Avalanche are 8-0-0-1 since a 3-2 home loss to Vancouver on December 29 and 9-1-0-1 since Forsberg came back.

While Colorado is tied with Vancouver atop the Northwest Division, the Sharks own a four-point advantage over Los Angeles and Phoenix in the Pacific.

The Sharks were 2-1-0-1 on a four-game homestand and improved to 9-2-1-1 in their last 13 games with Thursday's 3-1 home win over Vancouver.

Jonathan Cheechoo and Alex Korolyuk scored in the first period when the Sharks outshot the Canucks, 17-6. Alyn McCauley added a third-period tally and Evgeni Nabokov made 12 of his 34 saves in the final period.

Nabokov is 7-4-2 since returning from a groin injury on December 11. He was in nets for the November meeting and is 2-9-1 lifetime vs. Colorado.

Nabokov may not be with the team Saturday. He was not with the Sharks when they flew to Colorado Friday as he stayed in San Jose to be present for the birth of his daughter.