On Sunday, Sakic recorded the the 14th hat trick in All-Star
history and was named Most Valuable Player despite the Western
Conference dropping a 6-4 decision to the East. A 12-time
All-Star, Sakic is second on the Avalanche with 57 points.
Left wing Alex Tanguay and defenseman Rob Blake also played in
the All-Star Game for Colorado, but neither scored. Tanguay
leads the NHL with 42 assists and is third in the league with 61
Colorado has lost two of its last three contests following a
six-game unbeaten streak, but still leads the Detroit Red Wings
and Vancouver Canucks for the top spot in the Northwest Division.
Last season, the Avalanche set an NHL record by winning its
ninth straight division title.
Colorado's last two losses have been in overtime. The Avalanche
have not been defeated in regulation since a 2-1 setback to the
San Jose Sharks on January 17. Tanguay and Teemu Selanne tallied
18 seconds apart in the first period for the Avalanche in
Thursday's 3-2 setback to the Red Wings. Colorado had two men
in the penalty box, when Brett Hull fired a shot past the stick
side of goaltender David Aebischer 57 seconds into the extra
The Islanders had notched consecutive wins before opening their
current four-game road trip with Thursday's 2-1 defeat to the
Montreal Canadiens. Justin Papineau scored a power-play goal
and Garth Snow made 37 saves for New York.
Snow, who spent his first two NHL seasons with the Quebec
Nordiques, is 1-5-2 in his last eight decisions.
Defenseman Adrian Aucoin, New York's sole All-Star, opened the
scoring for the East on Sunday. In Saturday's skills
competition, Aucoin had a slap shot clocked at 102.2 miles per
hour, to tie Montreal's Sheldon Souray for the fastest shot.
The Avalanche have won seven of their last eight home meetings
with the Islanders.