With 12:01 left to go in the third period, Ryane Clowe
put hope back into HP Pavilion when he tied the game with his first goal of the postseason.
While battling along the end boards, the Sharks 27-year-old left wing stole the puck from John-Michael Liles and fired a turnaround shot from outside the circle. With Joe Pavelski
screening Craig Anderson, Clowe’s wrist shot beat the Avalanche goaltender and gave the Sharks their only goal of the game.
“The last time we played them in this building we scored three goals like that; shooting from the half wall and the corner,” said Clowe who had three shots on goal against Anderson. “Those shots aren’t always going to go in, but one thing they do is create an opportunity for you to get the puck back on offense.”
The last time San Jose hosted Colorado was March 28 when the Sharks defeated the Avalanche 4-3. Devin Setoguchi led the Sharks with two goals – including the game winner – alongside tallies from Jed Ortmeyer and Dan Boyle
. They were all dirty goals; scored off rebounds, redirects and second chances. The kind of goals you’re rewarded for after a battle in the paint.
Clowe’s goal definitely fit into that category. With Pavelski in Anderson’s eyesight, Clowe’s shot caught the Avalanche goalie off guard. Anderson had no chance to locate the puck before it sailed between his left skate and the post.
“Clowie did a good job hanging on to the puck,” said Pavelski. “He got a little time and just turned and threw it. I just let it go through.”
Setoguchi – who led the Sharks with six shots on goal – and Marc-Edouard Vlasic
were credited with the assists.