Series (Game 6 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

Avalanche 9

(35-17-5, 87 pts)

Canucks 2

(36-21-4, 84 pts)

10:00 PM ET, March 8, 2004

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 T
COL 5 1 39
VAN 0 2 02

M. Hejduk (Avalanche - RW): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

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

B. May (Canucks - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

Colorado (34-17-12-5) at Vancouver (36-20-8-4) 10:00 pm EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks can move into first place in the Northwest Division when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.

Colorado, which has won an NHL-record nine straight division titles, is one point ahead of Vancouver and four points behind Detroit for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Last season, the Canucks lost the division title by one point as they fell short on the final day of the regular season.

The teams are meeting for the final time this season and the Canucks lead series, 2-1-2.

On Wednesday, Vancouver rallied for a 5-5 tie at Colorado as both captains had big games. Markus Naslund had a goal and two assists for the Canucks and Joe Sakic recorded a hat trick for Colorado.

Vancouver overcame three two-goal deficits Wednesday and Naslund's linemate, Todd Bertuzzi, called it a "character comeback."

The Canucks have won their last three home games and concluded a three-game road trip with Saturday's 4-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets as Naslund had a goal and an assist and Johan Hedberg made 32 saves.

Colorado will play six of its next seven on the road where it is 17-4-7-4. The Avalanche finished a four-game homestand with a 7-1 loss to Calgary on Sunday and are 2-6-2-1 in their last 11 games.

Milan Hejduk scored his 32nd goal Sunday, but rookie goaltender Philippe Sauve allowed seven unanswered tallies.