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Sharks expecting more from Avalanche in Game 2

San Jose focused on adding to lead after winning second-round opener

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks are expecting the Colorado Avalanche to be even more determined when they play Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

The Sharks lead the best-of-7 series after winning Game 1 5-2 on Friday.

"We have to expect their best game," Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon said. "They came out hard, we know we've got another level that we have to get to and can get to. I think the first 5-10 minutes (of Game 1), the teams are kind of feeling each other out, different systems, different team makeups, so I think every game is going to get tougher and tougher as the series goes on. It's desperation time for both teams."


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The Avalanche hadn't played in a week prior to the game Friday but didn't seem lethargic. Colorado led 1-0 and 2-1 and outshot San Jose 16-9 by that point early in the second period.

"We know they're not going to be satisfied with their game yesterday and they're going to come out with a few new things and a little more push probably, and we know what we have to do in here to match that," Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson said.

San Jose hopes to once again contain the Colorado forward line of Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. They had two assists and nine shots on goal and were minus-8 in Game 1 after they scored 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) and were plus-7 in five games against the Calgary Flames in the first round.

"We know how important the second one is," Landeskog said. "Hopefully we can steal a game from here and then go home with our home crowd."

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The Sharks are 9-2 in a Stanley Cup Playoff series when they win the first two games, winning their past three such series.

"I think you're going to see a different game," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. "Obviously they don't want to go down 2-0, we don't want to lose home-ice advantage. I think every game in the series, everything starts to get ramped up a little bit more."

The Sharks scored three goals in 8:55 in the second period but weren't happy with how they played for most of the game.

"We know that we have to be better than Game 1," Karlsson said. "That's all that we can do. Take care of our business in here and try to figure that stuff out, and we're going to have to deal with whatever they throw at us."

Colorado lost Game 1 at the Calgary Flames before winning the next four to advance.

"I liked a lot of the things we did yesterday, I liked a lot of our players, I just didn't love a lot of our guys," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "I think we all have another step that we can take in order to get back to where we were last series and where we're going to need to be in this series in order to win."

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