San Jose finished things off on the defensive end to get Antti Niemi
the shutout in a perfect pairing with Devin Setoguchi's hat trick. The final was Sharks 4 and Colorado 0.
Devin Setoguchi went in on a breakaway and buried the puck giving him his first NHL hat trick. It was the second Sharks hat trick of the season. The fans began chanting Seto-guchi for the Alberta product.
The fans still in the building made a legitimate attempt at the wave.
Colorado just rang one off the post, but it caromed into the netting.
A David Jones penalty put Jason Demers
into the boards. Demers skated himself to the bench and the Sharks had the power play.
Pretty quiet in the third as there were only 6 combined shots eight minutes in.
The third got underway with San Jose almost getting a gift goal. A puck went off the stick of an Avs defender and Peter Budaj had to make a save.
40 minutes down and the Sharks still led 3-0.
The Sharks were sniped with a bit of bad luck. A striped shirt blew the whistle while the puck was still loose in the crease and Logan Couture
banged it home. An early whistle is not reviewable and the lead remained at three.
Devin Setoguchi was sent to the box for roughing and Colorado had their third man advantage.
just shut down Ryan Stoa on a mini-breakaway. He made the save as he stuck out his right leg pad all of its length.
The chances weren't as frequent early on as the first period for either club.
The official word on Scott Nichol is that he was questionable to return after leaving with an injury in the first stanza. San Jose killed of the Colorado advantage.
Kent Huskins was sent to the box for holding and Colorado went on their second power play.
had the first good opportunity of the second, but was turned away by Peter Budaj.
Maybe the best first period at home this season. San Jose not only led 3-0, but outshot Colorado 17-8.
It is now 3-0 as the power play is two for two. This time the goal was courtesy of Ryane Clowe
. The intent was to return a pass to Logan Couture
, but an Avs defender deflected it right back to him and he put it in the back of the net.
was pressuring on the forecheck and forced Colorado to clear the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty.
Devin Setoguchi ensured the Sharks would capitalize on their advantage when he banged in a rebound. Ian White's shot caused the tally and he picked up his first assist as a Shark.
Kyle Wellwood drove the net and drew a power play for the Sharks.
Ian White was put on the video screen and when the crowd gave him a nice ovation he provided a polite wave back.
Colorado was just given their first power play, but during the advantage, Scott Nichol appeared to be hurt and had to go to the lockerroom.
Sick is the best way to describe the goal scored by Devin Setoguchi as a perfect pass by Jason Demers
sprung him loose. Setoguchi was even with the defense, but had to fight off two people at once to create the space and then when he was free he had very little time with the net quickly approaching. Yet he managed to go backhand and upstairs for the 1-0 lead.
Early fisticuffs when Scott Nichol was involved in a little roughing with Mark Oliver and Colorado's Cody McLeod came in as a third man. Jamal Mayers ensured the odds were evened up quickly and took McLeod to the ice after delivering a couple of punches.
Ian White took his first shift as a Shark and was paired with Niclas Wallin.
Underway with Thornton, Setoguchi and Marleau up front and Murray and Boyle on the backend. Niemi was opposite Budaj.
Ian White arrived around 5 p.m and was set to step into the lineup. Jason Demers
has been recalled for the contest along with Justin Braun
, but Braun was a coach's decision.
White will wear number 9.