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Setoguchi tallies hat trick as Sharks blank reeling Avs

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Setoguchi tallies hat trick as Sharks blank reeling Avs
Colorado Avalanche 0, San Jose Sharks 4
Devin Setoguchi and the San Jose Sharks continued their turnaround Saturday night.

Setoguchi recorded his first career hat trick and Ian White recorded a point in his first game with San Jose as the Sharks beat Colorado 4-0 at HP Pavilion, handing the Avalanche their 10th straight loss.

"It was frustrating for him early on because he wasn't as involved in the game as he needed to be," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Setoguchi. "When he started making changes, on his own, good things happened."

Ryane Clowe also scored for the Sharks, who have worked themselves back into the playoff picture by winning their eighth in 10 games and recording points in 13 of 15 to move into the fourth spot in the Western Conference.

"We've played a lot better lately and we're still only two points away from ninth place," Setoguchi said. "It just means we have to keep playing our best hockey night in and night out."

Setoguchi had 13 multi-goal games entering the game and had thoughts of a hat trick in many of them. This time, he got it.

"It always sits in the back of your mind," Setoguchi said. "It feels good to finally get one. The puck was following me around a little bit in the first period. It was more about being in the right place at the right time."

White, the newly acquired defenseman from Carolina playing for his third team this season, assisted on Setoguchi's second goal.

"There is a lot of speed and a lot of skill here," said White, who recorded his 100th career assist. "It makes it easy on me. Everybody was in the right place."

Antii Niemi made 25 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season and 12th of his career. It was also the first home shutout for the Sharks.

"It always looks good when the team is playing so well," Niemi said. "For me, it's more experience, more comfort and being more patient."

Colorado goalie Peter Budaj was under siege all night, stopping 29 of 33 shots.

San Jose scored three times in the first period, two on power plays.

"We need to come together as a team and get out of this rut," Budaj said. "A 3-0 lead is tough to come back from."

The Avalanche is 0-9-1 in their past 10 games, their longest winless streak since relocating to Denver from Quebec for the 1994-95 season.

"It's very tough," Colorado coach Joe Sacco said. "We played well for 40 minutes, but you have to play 60 minutes. The first 20, you can't give a good team like that so many power plays."

Setoguchi scored his first goal 6:29 into the game after taking a pass from Jason Demers and splitting two defenders for an unhindered shot at the net.

Setoguchi scored a power-play goal about eight minutes later, redirecting a rebounded shot from White off the boards with Budaj caught looking the wrong way.

He completed the hat trick with less than 2 minutes remaining to play after winning a battle for the puck along the boards and sprinting, without any interference, straight to the net.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
scoring summary
1st Period
06:29
SJS
Devin Setoguchi (13) ASST: Jason Demers (16), Douglas Murray (7)
1 - 0 SJS
14:54
SJS
PPG - Devin Setoguchi (14) ASST: Logan Couture (14), Ian White (15)
2 - 0 SJS
16:38
SJS
PPG - Ryane Clowe (16) ASST: Logan Couture (15), Joe Thornton (35)
3 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
18:38
SJS
Devin Setoguchi (15) ASST: NONE
4 - 0 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
03:16
SJS
Jamal Mayers  Fighting against  Cody McLeod
03:16
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting against  Jamal Mayers
03:16
SJS
Scott Nichol  Roughing against  Mark Olver
03:16
COL
Mark Olver  Roughing against  Scott Nichol
10:50
SJS
Ben Eager  Slashing against  Ryan O'Byrne
13:40
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Holding against  Kyle Wellwood
15:40
COL
Peter Budaj  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
2nd Period
02:25
SJS
Kent Huskins  Holding against  Ryan O'Reilly
12:19
SJS
Devin Setoguchi  Roughing against  Ryan Wilson
3rd Period
11:36
COL
David Jones  Cross checking against  Jason Demers
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 33TOI: 59:55
Saves: 29EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 2PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .879SH: 0 - 0
Antti Niemi
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1