Final

Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Sunday, October 12th
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Game 2: Friday, December 26th
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OT
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Game 3: Thursday, February 12th
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Game 4: Thursday, February 26th
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Avalanche 4

(31-11-4, 76 pts)

Blues 0

(26-22-1, 60 pts)

7:30 PM ET, February 12, 2004

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

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COL 1 2 14
STL 0 0 00

D. Aebischer (Avalanche - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: 1.000

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

A. Tanguay (Avalanche - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Aebischer stops 29 shots

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- David Aebischer is proving to be a worthy replacement for Patrick Roy.

Aebischer stopped 29 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and the Colorado Avalanche extended their point streak to 11 games Thursday night with a 4-0 victory over the slumping St. Louis Blues.

"He's played great all year," Avalanche defenseman Derek Morris said. "Even when he thinks he's played bad, he hasn't. He's been the key to why we win a lot of games.

"He should have been an All-Star. He's proving each night he should have been."

Alex Tanguay and Peter Forsberg each had a goal and an assist for Colorado, 6-0-3-2 in the last 11 games. Steve Konowalchuk and Morris also scored for the Avalanche, tied with Philadelphia for the most points in the NHL with 76.

"It was a team effort tonight," Aebischer said. "We got some power-play goals and our PK (penalty killing) was pretty solid."

The Avalanche have lost just three of 28 road games this season. They have earned at least one point in 23 of their last 24 away from home, including 14 in a row. That's the NHL's best run of success on the road since the 1977-78 Montreal Canadians recorded a point in 24 of 25 road games.

"We battled and played a very solid road game," Colorado coach Tony Granato said.

St. Louis is 1-9-1 in its last 11 games and has been shut out five times this season -- three in the last 10 games. The Blues have won only three of their last 13 home games and lost their last five at home.

"They're playing hard," Granato said. "You could tell we frustrated them. They are still a great team and they're a team that I think will be there at the end.

"They have plenty of time to get their act together."

St. Louis is 3-7-2-0 in its last 12 games against Colorado, and 1-5-1-0 at home in the last seven meetings with the Avalanche.

Colorado took a 1-0 lead on its second shot of the game when Forsberg scored 3:42 into the first period, snapping a three-game scoreless streak.

"We're getting behind early in games and it's tough playing from behind in this league," Blues defenseman Chris Pronger said. "At the same time, we're making mistakes we don't normally make.

"When you're in the gutter struggling to get out, it's pretty tough."

A goal by Joe Sakic, who had two assists, was disallowed at 12:13 during a scramble in front of the net because the referee lost sight of the puck. Colorado had four shots on goal and the Blues had defenseman Bryce Salvador and center Petr Cajanek in the net along with goaltender Chris Osgood.

Colorado scored its second goal at 10:14 of the second period when Morris took a shot and the puck deflected in off the skate of Blues defenseman Christian Backman. The goal ended a 29-game scoreless drought for Morris.

A power-play goal by Tanguay at 14:52 gave Colorado a 3-0 lead. Forsberg started the play when he passed to Milan Hejduk, who took a shot. Tanguay got the rebound and scored easily into an open net for his 20th of the season.

"I'll take those any day," Tanguay said. "We try to get as much traffic in front of the net as possible on the power play. We did and that was a key for us."

A power-play goal by Konowalchuk in the third period gave Colorado a 4-0 lead.

Osgood has not won in St. Louis since Dec. 18, when he was in goal for a 4-2 win over San Jose. Since Jan. 1, Osgood is 2-11-2.

The Blues went 0-for-4 on the power play and are 1-for-33 in their last eight games.

"With the way we've been playing lately, it's hard to find positives," Osgood said.

Game notes


The shutout was the 10th of Aebischer's career. ... St. Louis has scored no more than two goals in 12 of its last 13 games. ... Blues D Eric Weinrich played for the first time since being acquired from Philadelphia. To make room, the Blues put Aris Brimanis on waivers to send him to Worcester of the AHL. ... The Avalanche placed C Andrei Nikolishin on injured reserve (abdominal strain) and recalled forward Cody McCormick, who played against St. Louis, from Hershey of the AHL. Nokolishin was placed on IR retroactive to Jan. 24. ... Colorado improved to 21-1-2-1 when leading after two periods.

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