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Havlat's hat trick helps Sharks prevent Avalanche from clinching Central Division with 5-1 win

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 12:45 AM / News

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Havlat's hat trick helps Sharks prevent Avalanche from clinching Central Division with 5-1 win

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Marty Havlat scored three goals for the first time in nearly nine years, and the San Jose Sharks prevented Colorado from clinching the Central Division title with a 5-1 victory over the Avalanche on Friday night.

Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau also scored, and Alex Stalock made 32 saves for the Sharks, who had lost four of six to fall short in their race for first place in the Pacific Division.

Patrick Bordeleau scored the lone goal for the Avalanche, who lost for the first time in regulation since March 21 against Boston. Colorado had gone 8-0-1 in its last nine games to move into a tie for first with St. Louis.

The Avalanche can win the division either by beating Anaheim on Sunday night in the regular-season finale or with a regulation loss by St. Louis earlier Sunday against Detroit.

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