Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Monday, January 19th
Game 2: Monday, March 1st

Lightning 3

(36-17-5, 84 pts)

Avalanche 0

(33-16-5, 82 pts)

8:00 PM ET, March 1, 2004

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
TB 1 0 23
COL 0 0 00

B. Richards (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

V. Lecavalier (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Aebischer (Avalanche - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: .929

Tampa Bay (35-17-7-5) at Colorado (33-15-11-5) 8:00 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche hop to halt a six-game home winless streak Monday night when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Pepsi Center.

Colorado is 0-3-2-1 here since a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on February 3. It is the second straight season the Avalanche have gone at least six straight games without a victory in this building.

The Avalanche have scored just six goals in this slide and have been blanked twice. Colorado is 0-1-1-1 in its last three contests overall after a 5-4 overtime loss at Columbus on Saturday. Alex Tanguay had a goal and three assists and Milan Hejduk forced overtime with a power-play goal.

Captain Joe Sakic also scored, but was denied by Marc Denis on a breakaway in overtime.

Despite its recent struggles, Colorado is one point in front of Vancouver for the lead in the Northwest Division. The Avalanche are three points behind Detroit for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Tampa Bay is third in the East, just two points behind Ottawa and Philadelphia for first place.

The Lightning are 19-2-1-4 in their last 26 games and have gained points in 11 straight games (8-0-1-2) games since a 3-1 loss at Washington on February 3.

On Saturday, the Lightning won their fourth straight game, 4-2, over Washington. Fredrik Modin scored twice in the first period and Cory Stillman and Martin St. Louis tallied in the third.

"That's going to be a good test for us," Modin said about facing Colorado. "Everybody knows what kind of team they are and we are looking forward to playing them."

The teams met in Tampa Bay on January 19 and Colorado posted a 5-4 overtime victory as Hejduk beat Nikolai Khabibulin on a penalty shot.

The Lightning are 1-4-2 at Colorado, with the lone win coming on March 9, 1998.