Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Colorado leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, January 14th

Avalanche 4

(26-17-3, 55 pts)

Flyers 3

(28-10-7, 63 pts)

2:00 PM ET, January 14, 2006

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 OT T
COL 1 1 1 14
PHI 0 1 2 03

P. Forsberg (Flyers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

J. Sakic (Avalanche - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

S. Gagne (Flyers - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

Colorado (25-17-3) at Philadelphia (28-10-6) 2:00 pm EST

Colorado (25-17-3) at Philadelphia (28-10-6) 2:00 pm EST

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- When Simon Gagne and the Philadelphia Flyers embarked on their franchise-record 11-game road trip over three weeks ago, they trailed the New York Rangers by a point in the Atlantic Division.

Now tied with the Carolina Hurricanes for the highest point total in the NHL, the Flyers return home Saturday to host the red-hot Colorado Avalanche.

Despite dropping a 6-3 decision at Detroit on Thursday, Philadelphia finished the road trip with an 8-2-1 mark and lead second-place New York by five points in the division standings.

Gagne tallied twice in the contest and registered seven goals and six assists on the road trip.

Saturday's contest should be a special one for Flyers center Peter Forsberg, who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Avalanche franchise before signing with Philadelphia on August 3.

Drafted sixth overall by the Flyers in 1991, Forsberg was part of the seven-player package sent to the Quebec Nordiques on June 30, 1992 for mega-prospect Eric Lindros.

Forsberg went on to become the best player in the deal, winning the Calder Trophy in 1995, the Art Ross and Hart Trophies in 2003 and Stanley Cup titles with the Avalanche in 1996 and 2001.

Colorado enters Saturday's game riding a season-high six-game winning streak, the franchise's longest run since a six-game streak from January 30-February 11, 2003.

The Avalanche wrapped up a perfect 3-0 homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

Rookie sensation Marek Svatos netted his team-leading 26th goal and David Aebischer stopped 25 shots to win his fifth straight decision.

Aebischer has been phenomenal of late, posting a .958 save percentage over his personal five-game winning streak.