Series (Game 1 of 1)

Colorado leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, January 24th

Avalanche 5

(28-11-2, 66 pts)

Penguins 3

(11-31-3, 30 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 24, 2004

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
COL 1 3 15
PIT 1 0 23

P. Forsberg (Avalanche - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

S. Konowalchuk (Avalanche - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

T. Surovy (Penguins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Colorado (27-11-8-2) at Pittsburgh (11-30-5-3) 7:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche try to finish an unbeaten four-game road trip in a place where they have had much success on Saturday when they visit Mellon Arena to face the lowly Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Avalanche are unbeaten in their last nine road games against the Penguins (8-0-1) dating to February 21, 1995. They are without a loss in their last seven overall meetings with Pittsburgh (6-0-1) since the start of the 1999-2000 season.

Colorado had a four-game road winning streak snapped with a 1-1 tie against the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday.

Brad Larsen scored in the second period for the Avalanche, who have the best power play in the league but went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

Goaltender David Aebischer made 20 saves and Colorado managed only 21 shots, falling to 6-1-1 in its last eight games.

The Avalanche are 2-0-1 on the trek and are unbeaten in their last five road games (4-0-1). They have earned a point in 10 straight road games (6-0-3-1) since losing at Anaheim on December 19.

Pittsburgh has dropped five consecutive games after a 6-5 road loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

Milan Kraft, Drake Berehowsky, Tom Kostopoulos, Brian Holzinger and Dick Tarnstrom scored for the Penguins, who tied their highest scoring game of the season.

Pittsburgh rookie goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury allowed six goals on 23 shots before being replaced for Pittsburgh, which has allowed an NHL-leading 178 goals and is last in the NHL with just 30 points.

The Penguins have lost six consecutive games at Mellon Arena, where they are 7-13-3-0 for the worst home record in the NHL.