Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 1/28

Game 1: Wednesday, January 28th
Blues1Final
OT
Jets1

Blues 1

(25-16-1, 58 pts)

Jets 1

(21-23-2, 50 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 28, 2004

Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

1 2 3 OT T
STL 0 0 1 01
WPG 0 0 1 01

J. Cowan (Jets - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

C. Pronger (Blues - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

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

St Louis (25-16-6-1) at Atlanta (21-23-5-2) 7:30 pm EST

ATLANTA (ESPN.com news services) -- It should be the most emotional game of Dany Heatley's young career Wednesday night when the Atlanta Thrashers host the St. Louis Blues.

Heatley will make his season debut after suffering torn ligaments in his right knee and a broken jaw in a Sept. 29 car accident. Teammate Dan Snyder was a passenger in Heatley's Ferrari and died of massive brain injuries six days later at the age of 25.

It's only been four months since that awful night -- enough time, amazingly, for his right knee to mend from surgery, but hardly long enough to get over the pain of losing the friend everyone called "Snydes."

That could take a lifetime.

"I just keep remembering the guy," Heatley said Wednesday, a few hours before his first game back. "He was a great guy, a great teammate. I think about him every day."

Heatley was activated Wednesday by the Thrashers. The Thrashers also activated forward Serge Aubin and placed center Randy Robitaille on injured reserve with a knee injury.

"It means a lot for Dany and obviously it means a lot of us," Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said about Heatley's return.

The 6-3 right wing has been skating since Dec. 23 and last week took part in various shooting and skating drills. Heatley faces criminal charges, but Snyder's family has asked prosecutors to drop the charges.

Heatley, who turned 23 on Jan. 21, set team records with 41 goals and 89 points last season. He was the MVP at the 2003 All-Star Game and has two goals and one assist in two career games against St. Louis.

The Thrashers have suffered consecutive losses following a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1). On Sunday, Jeff Cowan and All-Star Ilya Kovalchuk tallied in a 3-2 road loss to the New Jersey Devils. It was the first career short-handed goal for Kovalchuk, who leads the team with 26 goals and 30 assists.

The Blues are trying to end a season-high three-game losing streak after being swept in a home-and-home series by the Dallas Stars. Pavol Demitra and Scott Mellanby scored power-play goals for the Blues in Saturday's 3-2 home loss.

St. Louis has won five of six all-time meetings with Atlanta.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.

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