Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 2/10

Game 1: Tuesday, February 10th

Islanders 1

(26-21-2, 60 pts)

Avalanche 1

(30-11-4, 74 pts)

9:30 PM ET, February 10, 2004

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 OT T
NYI 0 1 0 01
COL 0 1 0 01

R. DiPietro (Islanders - G): Saves: 36, Save Pct.: .973

P. Sauve (Avalanche - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .972

P. Kariya (Avalanche - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

NY Islanders (26-21-5-2) at Colorado (30-11-9-4) 9:30 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) - Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche try to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time in nearly two months when they host the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

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 points.

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 session.

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.