Series (Game 4 of 6)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Thursday, December 11th
Game 2: Monday, December 29th
Game 3: Friday, January 2nd
Game 4: Monday, February 16th
Game 5: Wednesday, March 3rd
Game 6: Monday, March 8th

Canucks 1

(32-18-3, 74 pts)

Avalanche 0

(32-12-4, 78 pts)

9:00 PM ET, February 16, 2004

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
VAN 0 0 11
COL 0 0 00

D. Cloutier (Canucks - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: 1.000

D. Aebischer (Avalanche - G): Saves: 20, Save Pct.: .952

D. Sedin (Canucks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Vancouver (31-18-7-3) at Colorado (32-11-10-4) 9:00 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- According to captain Markus Naslund, the Vancouver Canucks have a "must-win" game on Monday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche in a Northwest Division contest at the Pepsi Center.

"It's a must-win for us, a tough must-win," the All-Star left wing said. "We know we have to win. They are one of the best teams in the league right now. We have to be up for that game."

The Canucks, who trail the first-place Avalanche by six points, have lost five of their last six games following a five-game winning streak.

On Saturday, Vancouver suffered its third straight defeat, falling to Anaheim at home, 2-1.

Artem Chubarov scored the lone goal for the Canucks, who are opening a three-game road trip. Vancouver went 0-for-4 on the power play and is 1-for-16 on man advantages in its last three contests.

"That is definitely an important game to get up for," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said about facing Colorado. "It's a desperate time for us if we want to stay in the race for the division. Our players should be focused for the game vs. Colorado, especially the way they are playing right now."

The Avalanche have won their last two games and are unbeaten in their last three.

On Saturday, Colorado beat bitter rival Detroit on the road, 5-2, after scoring the final four goals of the game.

Peter Forsberg collected one goal and two assists and Alex Tanguay and Joe Sakic each had one goal and one assist for the Avalanche, who received 28 saves from David Aebischer. The Avalanche moved four points ahead of the Red Wings for first place in the Western Conference.

The teams are 1-1-1 against each other this season, with Vancouver winning here on December 29, 3-2.