Series (Game 1 of 1)

Ottawa leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, March 18th

Avalanche 0

(38-19-5, 93 pts)

Senators 2

(39-21-5, 92 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 18, 2004

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
COL 0 0 00
OTT 2 0 02

P. Lalime (Senators - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: 1.000

W. Redden (Senators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

D. Aebischer (Avalanche - G): Saves: 33, Save Pct.: .943

Colorado (38-18-12-5) at Ottawa (38-21-9-5) 7:30 pm EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- After a disappointing road trip, the Ottawa Senators host the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night at the Corel Centre.

Ottawa is tied with Toronto for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Senators have a game a hand with Toronto but one fewer win.

Ottawa trails Boston by just three points in the Northeast Division after going 2-3-0 on a five-game trip. The Senators posted wins in Vancouver and Washington but were outscored, 12-5, in losses to Minnesota, Edmonton and Calgary.

Ottawa concluded the trek with Tuesday's 5-2 loss at Minnesota. Marian Hossa scored his 33rd goal and Bryan Smolinski also tallied for the Senators, who fell behind, 3-0.

"We wanted to salvage an average trip for us. We got behind the eight-ball early and couldn't come back," Ottawa center Mike Fisher said. "As a team, we're just not clicking together."

The Senators have just three home games left, including Thursday, and are 22-7-5-4 here. They have gained a point in each of their last 21 home games (16-0-3-2).

Colorado is second in the Western Conference, three points behind Detroit. The Avalanche have a five-point edge over the Vancouver Canucks atop the Northwest Division.

On Tuesday, Colorado had a four-game winning streak stopped with a 4-2 loss at Montreal. Steve Konowalchuk had two assists as Chris Gratton and defenseman Rob Blake tallied.

But the Avalanche gave up two power-play goals and failed to gain a point for just the third time in their last 32 road games.

Colorado is 19-9-4 all time vs. the Senators. But the Avalanche are 0-4-1 in their last five visits to Ottawa.