Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Detroit leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, February 5th
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Game 2: Saturday, February 14th
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Game 3: Thursday, March 25th
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Game 4: Saturday, March 27th
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Red Wings 3

(31-15-2, 72 pts)

Avalanche 2

(30-11-4, 73 pts)

8:00 PM ET, February 5, 2004

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 OT T
DET 1 1 0 13
COL 2 0 0 02

B. Hull (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

T. Selanne (Avalanche - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

A. Foote (Avalanche - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Detroit (30-15-8-2) at Colorado (30-11-9-3) 8:00 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- Two of the NHL's most bitter rivals meet for the first time this season on Thursday when the league-leading Colorado Avalanche host the Central Division-leading Detroit Red Wings at the Pepsi Center.

The intense rivalry dates to the 1996 Western Conference finals, when Colorado's Claude Lemieux sent Detroit's Kris Draper flying face-first into the boards. Colorado won in six games and went on to capture the Stanley Cup.

In a regular-season matchup at Detroit on March 26, 1997, Detroit's Darren McCarty exacted revenge upon Lemieux three seconds the opening faceoff and Red Wings goaltender Mike Vernon and Colorado's Patrick Roy also got into a fight at center ice. The Red Wings won the game in overtime and then beat the Avalanche in the conference finals en route to the Cup.

The Avalanche bounced the Red Wings from the conference semifinals in 1999 and 2000, and Detroit beat Colorado in the conference finals in 2002 before winning another Cup.

This season, Colorado has a league-best 72 points and Detroit is one of three teams with 70.

The Avalanche are 13-1-2-2 since December 31 and are coming off a 3-1 win over Carolina on Tuesday in which Colorado had no shots on goal in the third period.

David Aebischer made 36 saves and Milan Hejduk, Steve Konowalchuk and rookie Steve Moore scored in the triumph.

Detroit is 2-0-2 in its last four games after beating Nashville on the road on Tuesday, 4-1.

Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan and Kirk Maltby scored asin the first 6:17 of the second period to cause the Predators to pull Tomas Vokoun.