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Postgame Wrap-Up: Missed Opportunity with the Man Advantage

Colorado drops the first game of its second-round series with San Jose

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--The Colorado Avalanche started strong but a missed opportunity with the man advantage could have changed the final outcome.

The Avs weren't able to convert on a four-minute power play in the middle frame and fell 5-2 in Game 1 of their second-round matchup with the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Friday night.

"I think we had a great start. It was just what we wanted to do and we had that four-minute power play and then it just kind of got away from us after that," said Avs defenseman Tyson Barrie. "I think we have to do a better job on an opportunity like that power play to bear down. I think we forced a couple things, mishandled a few pucks. And if that is not the case, maybe we get another one and go up two and it's a different game.

"That was a big turning point for us and give them credit, their goalie played well and they carried the momentum after the halfway point of the second period there."

Video: Tyson Barrie after Game 1 in San Jose

The Avalanche drew a double-minor while holding a 2-1 lead at the 4:56 mark of the second period when San Jose's Brenden Dillon was called for high-sticking J.T. Compher.

During those four minutes, Colorado recorded four shot attempts, but only two of which reached Sharks goaltender Martin Jones.

"It can be a difference maker for you, especially for us at that point. You know we get another one, and it's a two-goal lead," said head coach Jared Bednar. "We didn't get a bunch of really good looks, we had a couple shots, Landy took one to the net low that he got his pad on, but no real quality looks there. They feed off of it a little bit and then they get going. They make a push and we have to push back."

Colorado scored the first tally of the night just 2:10 after puck drop when Gabriel Bourque recorded his first goal of the 2019 postseason. It was also the sixth in his career, three of which have come with the Avalanche after he netted two in last year's first-round series against the Nashville Predators.

Video: COL@SJS, Gm1: Bourque buries rebound for opening goal 

The Sharks tied the contest before the first intermission, but Colin Wilson added his third marker of the playoffs 3:56 into the second period. For Wilson, is his most tallies in a single postseason since 2016 when he had five with Nashville. 

Wilson's goal came on Colorado's first chance of the night with the man advantage. The Avalanche finished the contest 1-for-3 on the power play and has tallied with the extra skater in four straight games, going 6-for-20 (30 percent) over that span.

"I think we did enough good things in this game that we can look at and some things where we shot ourselves in the foot and it ended up costing us the game," said Bednar. "The one goal they get a break on, its shot off of our defenseman's upper chest, face area, and then it hits a skate. The other ones are just quick plays. So there are a lot of things that we can improve on, and we will have to in order to win Game 2."

Video: Avs coach Jared Bednar after the loss in Game 1

The Avalanche is now down 1-0 in the best-of-seven, second-round series. Colorado also dropped its series opener to the Calgary Flames in Round 1, but rallied to win the set in five games.

"I think it is a disappointing result for us, but it is going to be a long series and we have to turn the page," noted Barrie. "We will watch some video and go over some things and learn from our mistakes and be ready to go for Game 2."

LOOKING TOWARD GAME 2: The Avalanche and Sharks will meet again for the second matchup of the series on Sunday at SAP Center.

"It is about having a short memory when you are in the playoffs, and I think that is what we are going to have to do," said Landeskog. "Learn from this one here tonight and see what we can do better, I say it all the time, and then get back to work tomorrow and be better come Sunday.

"I feel good about our team, I feel good about where we are at. Tonight, for whatever reason, it looked like we got caught in the moment a little bit there in the second period and let them take over and couple mistakes, so we will have to be better there."

Video: Gabriel Landeskog following the Avs' Game 1 loss

This series marks the first time that Colorado has advanced to the second round since 2008. 

"We are so excited to be in this position and we don't want to squander it. So we will get prepared and focused and turn around for a big Game 2," added Barrie.

GIRARD, BRASSARD BACK IN: Forward Derick Brassard and defenseman Samuel Girard returned to the lineup after missing the last three games of Colorado's first-round series against Calgary.

Brassard--who missed the contests with an illness--was on a line with Tyson Jost and Gabriel Bourque to begin the game.

Girard--who was out versus the Flames after sustaining an upper-body injury at the end of Game 2--starrted on a defensive pairing with Erik Johnson.

AVALANCHE NOTES: Cale Makar has points in consecutive games (two assists) for the first time in his career.

Tyson Jost notched his first point of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs and his second career postseason assist. 

Wilson has totaled five points so far in the playoffs, tied for third on the team with Tyson Barrie.

Matt Calvert recorded eight hits, a postseason career high.

Mikko Rantanen finished with an assist and now has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the playoffs, ranked third among all skaters and tops among players remaining in the playoff race.

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