SAN JOSE -- Tomas Hertl scored his second goal of the game at 6:26 of the third period, and the San Jose Sharks defeated the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Saturday.
Hertl gave San Jose the lead off a scramble in the crease, scoring on a rebound after a shot by Marc-Edouard Vlasic hit off the glove of Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer.
"I think right away from the start, all 60 minutes we played hockey," Hertl said. "[Goalie Martin Jones] was again amazing. He made some great saves again and we take over this game. But we have to be ready because we know in Colorado, they will come hard."
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The Sharks lead the best-of-7 series and would advance to the Western Conference Final with a win in Game 6 at Colorado on Monday (10 p.m. ET: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Grubauer made 37 saves, and Tyson Jost scored for the Avalanche.
"We didn't win so it wasn't good enough," Grubauer said. "I gave one up, two up and I think two lucky ones, but they pushed way harder than they did in our building. So a different team in their own barn, but I think we played a good game for the most part."
Video: COL@SJS, Gm5: Hertl tips shot past Grubauer for PPG
Kevin Labanc appeared to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 7:04 of the first period but the referees informed the Situation Room that prior to the puck entering Colorado's net, a minor penalty had been assessed to Timo Meier for high-sticking.
"I thought they had a good start," Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. "We knew they were going to come hard here in their own building, but I thought we weathered the storm OK. First period, I think we finished with [six] shots (on goal) but we missed the net with 14 of them. It could have been a different period if we just had capitalized on some of the scoring chances or hit the net at least, give them a chance."
Jost scored at 17:01 of the second period to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead. After Jones, who made 21 saves, stopped J.T. Compher's shot, Brent Burns' clearing attempt went off the leg of Jost into the net for his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal (16 games).
Hertl tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal with 20 seconds remaining in the second, redirecting a shot by Logan Couture. San Jose had been 1-for-12 with the man-advantage in the series before the goal.
"I thought [Hertl] was a horse tonight," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "I thought him and Logan Couture were fantastic for us, and you need those two guys up the middle of the ice when you're playing a team like this. I thought they were both great from the face-off circle, all 200 feet of the ice, penalty killing ... and their minutes reflected that (Hertl, 24:01; Couture, 24:42)."
Colorado was 0-for-3 on the power play and took five minor penalties, allowing the power-play goal by Hertl.
"They worked. They outworked us, so they won the game," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "The power play, their penalty kill kind of slowed us down a little. We started to find our legs, but I felt they were more competitive than us tonight."
Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, who has missed the past five games since sustaining an undisclosed injury against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of the first round, was at SAP Center and waived to the crowd in the third period. DeBoer did not rule him out for Game 6.
"I didn't know it was going to happen, but it gives you a chill type moment, that type of ovation," DeBoer said. "I think our coaching staff would give him the same ovation when we find out he's back."
Video: COL@SJS, Gm5: Jones makes pair of saves to deny Avs
They said it
"That was as good as we've looked on the power play in this series and kind of just felt that one was going to find its way in there. We moved the puck well. [Erik Karlsson] made a good play to me, and [Hertl] tipped it. Nice to get that one." -- Sharks forward Logan Couture
"We faced three elimination games against Vegas (in the first round). We didn't go away easily, and I don't anticipate [Colorado is] going to either. This feels good. We put ourselves in a good spot with a chance to do that (advance), but we'll put on the work boots and put in a lot of work in order to do that in Denver." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer
"We would have liked to go home leading 3-2, obviously, but the reality of the matter is, we're not so we have to win a hockey game at home." -- Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog
Need to know
Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon had his eight-game point streak end (six goals, seven assists). ... Hertl has scored 11 of his 12 playoff points (seven goals, four assists) in six home games. He has one goal in five road playoff games. ... The 39 shots allowed by Colorado was its most this postseason. Grubauer's 37 saves were the most he's made in an NHL playoff game. ... When a best-of-7 series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 is 207-57 (.784), including 2-2 in the 2019 playoffs.
Game 6 of Western Conference Second Round at Pepsi Center on Monday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Video: Hertl scores twice to lead Sharks to Game 5 win