Series (Game 4 of 4)

Colorado leads 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, November 11th
Game 2: Thursday, December 4th
Game 3: Saturday, January 17th
Game 4: Friday, March 5th

Sharks 1

(33-17-6, 83 pts)

Avalanche 5

(34-16-5, 85 pts)

9:00 PM ET, March 5, 2004

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 01
COL 2 2 15

Top Skaters

San Jose: A. McCauley - 1 A, 2 SOG, +1

Colorado: J. Sakic - 1 G, 2 A, 4 SOG, +3

San Jose (33-16-11-6) at Colorado (33-16-12-5) 9:00 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- A pair of division leaders collide at the Pepsi Center on Friday when the Colorado Avalanche host the San Jose Sharks.

Colorado and San Jose each enter with 83 points. The Avalanche hold a one-point lead over Vancouver in the Northwest Division and the Sharks are six ahead of Dallas in the Pacific Division.

This is the fourth meeting between Colorado and San Jose this season and the first three have been hard-fought contests. Former Shark Teemu Selanne had a triumphant return to San Jose when he snapped a third-period tie in a 4-3 win in the first meeting on November 11.

The second meeting ended in a 2-2 tie on December 4 before the Sharks took advantage of Peter Forsberg's absence for a 2-1 triumph here on January 17.

San Jose capped a 3-0 homestand with a 4-3 victory over Montreal on Wednesday. Vincent Damphousse scored a power-play goal and added a pair of assists.

The Avalanche are winless in their last five games, going 0-2-2-1, including two shutout losses. Joe Sakic had a hat trick in Wednesday's 5-5 tie with San Jose.