Series (Game 2 of 8)

Series tied 4-4

Game 1: Saturday, October 22nd
Game 2: Thursday, October 27th
Game 3: Saturday, October 29th
Game 4: Thursday, November 10th
Game 5: Sunday, November 27th
Game 6: Wednesday, November 30th
Game 7: Saturday, January 28th
Game 8: Saturday, April 15th

Canucks 2

(8-2-1, 17 pts)

Avalanche 6

(5-4-1, 11 pts)

9:00 PM ET, October 27, 2005

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
VAN 1 0 12
COL 3 3 06

I. Laperriere (Avalanche - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Aebischer (Avalanche - G): Saves: 40, Save Pct.: .952

P. Turgeon (Avalanche - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

Bertuzzi faces Avs for first time since Moore attack

DENVER ( news services) -- A 19-month wait ends Thursday for Colorado Avalanche fans who have wanted to show their anger and displeasure at Todd Bertuzzi.

Bertuzzi makes his first appearance in Denver since his attack on Colorado's Steve Moore when the Vancouver Canucks face the Avalanche.

"I will be vocal. I will be heard," Avalanche season ticket-holder Bruce Peterson said. "Avalanche fans have taken it pretty personal."

Bertuzzi became infamous with his blindside hit on Moore, slamming him to the ice and breaking his neck when the teams met in Vancouver on March 8, 2004. Moore has not been able to play since.

The incident led to a suspension for the remainder of that season, a one-year sentence of probation and 80 hours of community service for Bertuzzi after he pleaded guilty to an assault charge.

Meanwhile, a civil suit Moore filed against Bertuzzi in Denver court was recently thrown out, with the judge saying the case should be heard in Canada.

As for the players and coaches, they've downplayed the history and claim they only want to get on with hockey. There was no sign of bad blood last Saturday when the Canucks posted a 6-4 victory over the Avalanche at Vancouver in their first meeting of the season.

"I could have played a couple more periods" was Bertuzzi's response when asked if he was glad the first game was over.

He'll get his chance for more in Denver, where he's sure to be greeted coldly. Avalanche fans used to save their worst for the Detroit Red Wings. Bertuzzi and the Canucks have supplanted the Red Wings, though, as the team and player Avs fans most love to hate.

"I've been coming to hockey games since there were minor-league games here. I never saw anything like that," said Mike Scanrett, who was sitting at the game in Vancouver when Bertuzzi landed his cheap shot. "I was sitting in the 14th row, right in front of the incident. I was angry then and I'm just as angry now knowing he's coming to town."

It figures to be a long week for Bertuzzi. In a rare scheduling move, the NHL called for Vancouver to play two straight games in Denver, meaning the Canucks and Bertuzzi will be in town for the better part of four days.

"I think incidents like this take the sport backwards," said Roger Keese of Denver. "Bertuzzi is a thug and he should be treated like one. He was allowed to come back too soon."

He says he'll boo Bertuzzi every time he steps on the ice.

It figures he won't be alone.

"I thought they brought him back too soon," said Troy Smith of Arvada. "What were they thinking? I'll boo him if the people around me boo him."

Vancouver has won its last six games, including Tuesday's 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild, and is off to its best 10-game start in franchise history.

Markus Naslund scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and has recorded points in his last six games for the Canucks, who have 28 goals during their winning streak.

The Avalanche have two victories in their last three games, both against the Edmonton Oilers. Patrice Brisebois and Steve Konowalchuk both scored for Colorado in the final minute of Tuesday's 5-3 triumph.