Series (Game 1 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

Avalanche 4

(9-5-0, 19 pts)

Sharks 3

(3-6-1, 13 pts)

10:30 PM ET, November 11, 2003

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
COL 0 2 24
SJ 1 1 13

D. Morris (Avalanche - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 3

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

P. Marleau (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Morris has four points in win over Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Teemu Selanne ignored constant boos to score the go-ahead goal in his return to San Jose, and Derek Morris had a career-high four points in the Colorado Avalanche's 4-3 win over the Sharks on Tuesday night.

Morris had a goal and three assists and Joe Sakic also scored as the Avalanche beat San Jose for the seventh straight time. Milan Hejduk scored his 11th goal of the season, second-most in the NHL, to keep Colorado unbeaten in five games.

Selanne wasn't welcomed back in his first regular-season game in San Jose since rejecting his contract option with the Sharks to sign with Colorado for less money.

The Finnish Flash spent parts of three seasons with the Sharks, leading them in scoring twice while playing every game in the last two seasons -- but his former fans booed him every time he touched the puck.

Sakic put Colorado ahead early in the third period with his fourth goal of the season on a graceful play behind the Sharks' defense, but Patrick Marleau tied it for San Jose moments later with a rebound goal.

Just six seconds into a Colorado power play midway through the third, Selanne deflected Rob Blake's shot past Evgeni Nabokov for his third goal.

Wayne Primeau and Marco Sturm scored for the Sharks, who returned from a mediocre seven-game road trip to begin a stretch with six of seven games at the Shark Tank -- where they're still winless in six games this season.

Nabokov made 27 saves for San Jose, which failed to earn a point for the first time in six games.

David Aebischer stopped 26 shots and survived the Sharks' extra-skater flurry in the final seconds of his eighth victory for the Avalanche.

Peter Forsberg, the defending NHL scoring champion and MVP, was a last-minute scratch from Colorado's star-laden lineup. After skating with his teammates before the game, he was sidelined because of a groin injury that also kept him out of three games earlier in the month.

The Avalanche went up 2-1 on a power play late in the second period, catching Nabokov out of position. Hejduk received a pass from Morris and scored easily from the slot for his third goal in three games.

The Sharks tied it moments later when Sturm tucked home Vincent Damphousse's deflected shot.

Game notes

The Avalanche also played without LW Paul Kariya, out with a sprained wrist since Oct. 21, and D Adam Foote, out for a week with a hamstring injury. ... Hejduk has eight goals in 10 games and has scored a point in 10 of 11. ... Sharks LW Scott Thornton played his 700th NHL game. ... Colorado LW Steve Konowalchuk turned 31.

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