Final OT

Series (Game 5 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 5

(35-19-4, 82 pts)

Avalanche 5

(33-16-5, 83 pts)

9:30 PM ET, March 3, 2004

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 OT T
VAN 2 1 2 05
COL 2 2 1 05

J. Sakic (Avalanche - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 1

M. Naslund (Canucks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

A. Tanguay (Avalanche - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 3

Vancouver (35-19-7-4) at Colorado (33-16-11-5) 9:30 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche look to get their offense in gear and halt a four-game winless streak Wednesday night when they host the Vancouver Canucks in a key Northwest Division contest.

Colorado is 0-2-1-1 in its last four contests, getting shut out in both of the regulation defeats. The Avalanche are 1-5-1-1 in their past eight contests. That stretch began with a 1-0 loss here to Vancouver. Colorado is one point ahead of Vancouver for the lead in the Northwest.

"The whole team is going through a stretch where, except for the Columbus game (Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss), we've had a tough time scoring goals," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "When you go through stretches like that, you look for someone to step forward and take charge. Hopefully one of those guys will do that."

The Avalanche, who have won an NHL-record nine straight division titles, come off Monday's 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Colorado managed just 16 shots on goal, including four in the final 20 minutes.

"I like the challenge that's in front of us," Granato said after Monday's defeat. "Obviously we're playing for our division, first place in the standings. I have no doubt we'll rise to the occasion. We'll go back to practice tomorrow and work on things we can be sharper on, we won't change what we've done to get us to this point."

The Canucks are coming off a perfect three-game homestand and play four of their next five games on the road. Johan Hedberg capped his first shutout in four months by stopping Pavol Demitra on a penalty shot in the final seconds as the Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues, 2-0.

Artem Chubarov scored early in the second period and defenseman Mattias Ohlund added an insurance goal on the power play with 4:05 to go in the third for Vancouver, which is 18-9-2-4 on the road.

"It's going to be a huge game," Ohlund said about Wednesday's match. "We've had a lot of those as of late and I think we're looking forward to that game. We're going into that game with a lot of confidence."

The Canucks lead the season series, 2-1-1, and the teams meet again next Monday in Vancouver.