Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 1/22

Game 1: Thursday, January 22nd
Avalanche1Final
OT
Jets1

Avalanche 1

(27-11-2, 64 pts)

Jets 1

(21-21-2, 49 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 22, 2004

Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

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COL 0 1 0 01
WPG 1 0 0 01

F. Kaberle (Jets - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

P. Nurminen (Jets - G): Saves: 20, Save Pct.: .952

D. Aebischer (Avalanche - G): Saves: 20, Save Pct.: .952

Colorado (27-11-7-2) at Atlanta (21-21-4-2) 7:30 pm EST

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Bob Hartley faces his former team for the second time on Thursday when the Atlanta Thrashers host the Colorado Avalanche.

Hartley posted a 193-118-48 regular-season record with Colorado from 1998-2002. He took over for Marc Crawford and led the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup in 2001 before getting fired in December 2002.

Hartley was named Atlanta's coach on January 14, 2003 and was 19-15-5 last season. One of those victories was a 4-3 win at Colorado on February 27 when Marc Savard scored 72 seconds into overtime.

Atlanta has won two in a row following a season-high nine-game winless skid. The Thrashers ended a three-game home losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, when Ilya Kovalchuk collected two assists and Pasi Nurminen made 22 saves.

Colorado is 2-0-0 on a four-game road trip and has been without Peter Forsberg for the last three games. Forsberg is day-to-day with a groin injury.

The Avalanche improved to 10-1-0-1 in their last 12 games by rallying for a 6-5 win at Florida on Wednesday. After Philippe Sauve allowed three goals in the first period, Milan Hejduk, Joe Sakic, Alex Tanguay and Andrei Nikolishin scored in the second.

Tanguay notched his fourth career hat trick and scored the game-winner with 5:41 remaining. He has seven goals and eight assists during an eight-game points streak.

The Avalanche are 4-2-0-1 all time vs. Atlanta.

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