Series (Game 5 of 6)

Colorado leads 3-2

Game 1: Tuesday, October 28th
Game 2: Thursday, November 27th
Game 3: Saturday, December 13th
Game 4: Wednesday, December 31st
Game 5: Tuesday, February 24th
Game 6: Sunday, March 7th

Flames 2

(31-23-3, 70 pts)

Avalanche 0

(33-15-4, 80 pts)

9:00 PM ET, February 24, 2004

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
CGY 0 0 22
COL 0 0 00

M. Gelinas (Flames - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

D. Aebischer (Avalanche - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: .958

M. Kiprusoff (Flames - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: 1.000

Calgary (30-23-5-3) at Colorado (33-14-10-4) 9:00 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche hope to have center Peter Forsberg back in the lineup Tuesday night when they host the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center.

Forsberg has missed the last three games with a groin injury and has been limited to just 32 contests this season. One of the best two-way players in the NHL, Forsberg has 17 goals and 31 assists this season.

The Avalanche also may get back defensemen Rob Blake and Adam Foote. Blake, the 1998 Norris Trophy winner, has missed the last seven games with a hariline fracture in his left leg. Foote has missed the last two contests with a groin injury.

Colorado halted a season-high three-game losing streak with Sunday's 3-1 road win over the Minnesota Wild. The Avalanche managed just 14 shots on goal, but one of them, a centering pass by Joe Sakic hit the left skate of Wild defenseman Brad Bombardir and caromed past goaltender Dwayne Roloson for a 2-1 lead with 3:18 to play in the second period.

It was the 533rd career goal for Sakic, tying him with Frank Mahovlich for 23rd on the all-time list. Milan Hejduk scored in the first period Sunday, giving him 10 goals and 25 assists in his last 25 games. Paul Kariya tallied in the third for just his second goal in 18 games.

The Flames are hoping to halt a season-high three-game losing streak.

On Sunday, Calgary failed to get a shot on goal during a five-minute power play in the second period and was defeated, 3-1, by the New Jersey Devils. Rookie Chuck Kobasew scored a power-play goal in the second and Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves in falling to 14-5-2. Former Avalanche center Steve Reinprecht set up the goal for his 100th career assist.

The Avalanche are 3-0-1 vs. the Flames this season.