Three Stars: 1. Pavelski (Game tying goal late in 3rd, G + A, 8 shots) 2. Nichol (Goal, +1, 8 hits) 3. Setoguchi (2 Goals including game winner, 7 shots)
Sharks wind up outshooting Colorado 52-22, including 6-4 in overtime. After laboring for the first two periods, Nabokov found his game in the third and in the extra session, saving his best for last.
San Jose continued their strong work in the face-off circle, taking 58% of the draws for the night and won the big ones late in the game. Also, the Sharks end up outhitting the Avs 38-29, including eight by Nichol and six from Murray.
Boyle was far away the ice time leader for the night (30:59) and took an amazing 34 shifts for the game.
Most goals for the Sharks in a playoff game since 2002 and it's the eighth overtime playoff win in franchise history.
The Sharks continue to excel on special team, getting the game winner on the power play and go two for seven with the man advantage, firing 23 shots on their seven power plays. The penalty kill was perfect, denying the Avs on all four of their power plays including a five-on-three; plus held Colorado to just four shots total.
Interesting to note that the Sharks scored in the final minute in each of the three periods of regulation.
5:22 SHARKS WIN!!!! Setoguchi tips a Clowe shot through Anderson five-hole for his second of the night capping a terrific night for the San Jose former first round pick. Clowe let it go from the top of the right circle and Setoguchi was alone in front. It's the first time the Sharks have been ahead all night and all that matters is they found a way to get it done. SJ PP GOAL: Setoguchi 2(2) A: Clowe (1), Boyle 2(2) at 5:22
4:28 Foote called for Interference with Ortmeyer and it gives the Sharks a power play here in OT.
2:45 Sharks bench felt there should have a been a call against the Avs in the neutral zone, but there was not one and it led to a Colorado rush that was denied by Nabokov.
2:20 Mitchell with a strong forecheck leads to a Colorado turnover in the neutral zone and Nichol leads a rush, his wrist shot from the top of the left circle is gloved by Anderson.
1:21 Sharks are really going for it and playing to win at the start of overtime; the defense is active and looking to pinch and they have the Avs on their heels.
0:00 Teams have returned to the ice for overtime and the benches will have to deal with long changes in the first overtime period. Thornton's line will start against Stastny's line.
20:00 We are headed to overtime tied at five, fitting for the way this game has gone tonight. Sharks outshot the Avs 17-8 in the third and are now more than doubling the Colorado shot total for the night, 46-18.
19:28 TIE GAME!!!! Pavelski puts home a rebound from down low left off a shot from Heatley. Anderson slid out of position to get in front of Heatley's shot from the slot, which left an open net for a guy who has become Mr. Clutch for San Jose. The extra attacker pays divedends and we are all even at five. WOW! Take a deep breath everyone. SJ GOAL: Pavelski (1) A: Heatley (1), Thornton 2(2) at 19:28
18:30 Nabokov heads to the bench for an extra attacker with the puck in the Colorado zone.
17:33 Yip is out of the box and Colorado has killed off the power play, Sharks are now one for six on the power play.
15:33 Bad penalty for Colorado as Yip is called for slashing Setoguchi in the Sharks zone, giving the Sharks a crucial late power play. Not a smart play by the rookie.
Official scoring change on the first goal of the night, Cumiskey gets credit for an unassisted goal now.
14:32 Vlasic is denied pinching in from the left point on a one-timer with the pass coming from Clowe in the left corner. Setoguchi is really playing well, he is a force all over the ice and keeping pucks alive in the offensive zone.
13:28 Only 6:32 left and the Sharks are down a goal, time for someone to be a hero and tie this thing up again.
11:51 Blake is out and the Sharks have killed both penalties. Outstanding penalty kill work by San Jose, hopefully it will lead to the Sharks getting the momentum back.
10:28 Setoguchi comes out of the box and turns it into a five-on-four advantage for Colorado; one pentalty killed.
9:51 Colorado gets a five-on-three as Blake is whistled for interferring with Galiardi.
8:28 After a brilliant rush by Setoguchi who picked up a loose puck in the high slot and drove the net with the result of the puck going in, the referees wave off the goal and call Setoguchi for Goaltender Interference resulting in a Colorado power play.
7:45 O'Reilly heads back out and the Avs have successfully killed off the Sharks power play, San Jose is now one for five tonight with the extra man. Shots are now 36-14 Sharks.
7:34 After a lengthy delay for a video review, Marc Joannette tells the crowd there was no Sharks goal on Thornton's rebound attempt from the crease; still 5-4 Colorado.
7:18 Galiardi hobbles off the ice to the bench for the Avs after Blake buries a slapahot into his right foot on the power play.
5:45 O'Reilly is called for tripping Couture in the neutral zone leading to another Sharks power play.
5:34 Colorado goes back in front once again (5-4) and it's Stewart who has really had a strong series to this point. Stewart beats Nabokov with a wrist shot from the right dot that sneaks under Nabby's right blocker and arm. COL GOAL: Stewart 2(3) A: Stastny (3), Wilson (1) at 5:34
3:30 We have been informed that Porter for the Avs has left the game with an upper body injury and his return is doubtful.
2:00 Nichol and Foote are out of the penalty box and we return to five-on-five.
0:00 Thornton's line will start the third for the Sharks, against Duchene's line as we play four-on four to start.
Sharks outshot Colorado 10-4 in the second and have a lopsided 29-10 advantage for the night. On top of the 29 shots fired on net by the Sharks, the Avs have blocked another 17 shots, paced by Cumiskey's four. Boyle continues to lead all skaters in ice time (16:23) and Quincey leads the Avs (14:46).
20:00 Matching minors out of a big scrum near Nabokov to end the period; Nichol and Foote are given two minutes each for roughing.
20:00 We've reached the end of the second tied at four in what has been a sensationally entertaining night of hockey. I am getting paid to work and be here, but without a doubt this is a game I would pay to watch any day.
19:45 As the great Jon Bon Jovi sings, "One Wild Night" that is what we have here in San Jose for Game Two. The Sharks energy line provides just that and knots the game up at four. Nichol with a fiesty forecheck forces a Colorado turnover from Liles in the Avs zone that leads to his first career playoff goal. Liles tried to clear, but the buck bounces off the glass off to Anderson's right, and goes right to Ortmeyer in the high slot. Ortmeyer fires a turn around shot which Anderson stops with his right pad, but Nichol jams it home under the Colorado net minder. SJ GOAL: Nichol (1) A: Ortmeyer (1) at 19:45
17:30 Colorado takes advantage of another fortuitous bounce and reclaims the lead. Yip flips home his own rebound from the left edge of the crease for the Avs fourth goal. Dechene fed it from the left boards and Yip drove the net along the goal line. Colorado has four goals on only ten shots. COL GOAL: Yip (1) A: Duchene 2(3) at 17:30
16:08 Despite controlling play for the majority of the night to this point, the Sharks have yet to take a lead and have not had a lead yet in this series. Sharks are dominating the shots, outshooting Colorado 27-8.
15:35 Blake is set free and the Sharks keep the Avs off the board with an effective penalty kill. Solid work up front by Malhotra, Thornton and Heatley to kill it off.
13:35 Blake is called for San Jose's second minor penalty of the night for kneeing Duchene along the left wing boards in the Sharks zone putting the Avs on their second power play.
12:49 Stastny comes out of the box as the Avs do a solid job on the penalty kill; the Sharks are one out of four tonight on the man advantage.
10:49 Stastny is called for cross-checking Demers in the Sharks zone giving the Sharks their fourth power play of the night.
7:10 Sharks waste no time off the draw and tie the game at three. After Pavelski wins the draw, Setoguchi jams home a rebound from the left edge of the crease to take advantage of the gassed Avalanche. SJ GOAL: Setoguchi (1) A: Clowe (1), Pavelski (1) at 7:10
7:03 After Colorado ices the puck, Coach Joe Sacco uses his time out to rest his tired skaters after the Sharks controlled the puck in the Avs zone for about :30.
4:08 Sharks are caught in a bad change and :25 after San Jose ties the game, the Avs go back in front as Colorado capitalizes on an odd-man rush, converting a two-on-one. Duchene slides the puck across from the left wing toward the slot and Hejduk scores, firing a wrist shot passed Nabokov high glove side to give Colorado a 3-2 lead. COL GOAL: Hejduk (1) A: Duchene (2), Yip (1) at 4:08
3:43 The Captain comes through for the Sharks to tie the game at two. Marleau feeds Thornton behind the net who slides it to the top of the right circle for a one-time blast by Blake that finds the back of the net. Blake is flying around like a 25-year-old instead of the 40-year-old veteran he is. SJ GOAL: Blake (1) A: Thornton (1), Marleau (1) at 3:43
0:24 Avs catch the Sharks D pinching in and capitalize as Stewart takes a head man feed up the middle of the ice from the goaltender Anderson and races up the left side for a breakaway. Stewart fires a wrist shot that trickles behind Nabokov and gives the Avs a 2-1 lead. COL GOAL: Stewart (2) A: Anderson (1)at 0:24
0:00 Thornton's line will start the second for the Sharks against the Avs top line of Stastny, Stewart and Galiardi. Initially it appeard Pavelski's line would start the period, but utilizing the last change at home, McLellan makes a late switch to the top line.
20:00 At the end of one period, we are tied at one. If was not for the outstanding play of Anderson in net for the Avs, this game would four or five to one right now. The Sharks were generating chance after chance and absolutely dominated the final ten minutes of the opening period. San Jose ends up outshoooting Colorado 19-6 in the first, including firing 12 of the last 13 recorded on net. Sharks end up outhitting the Avs 13-10 in the first period, while Colorado blocks ten shots to San Jose's four, as Cumiskey blocked three for the Avs. Boyle led all skaters in ice time (8:46) and Marleau led all forwards (7:48); Cumiskey led the Avs in ice time (7:41).
19:18 Malhotra roofs a rebound from down low right as the Sharks finally get one passed Anderson and tie the game. The Sharks were buzzing around the Colorado net are finally rewarded for all their hustle and outstanding play. SJ PP GOAL: Malhotra (1) A: Boyle (1) (Malhotra's second career playoff goal)
17:25 Shaks are really controlling the play right now, it's as if the ice is tilted. Avs are called for Too Many Men as Stewart will serve Colorado's third minor penalty.
16:31 Murray lines up Yip and crunches him to the ice along the left side boards in the Avs zone drawing a huge ovation from the HP Pavilion sell-out crowd.
14:01 Setoguchi drives out from the left half wall and tries to go 5-hole on Anderson with a wrist shot, but the Avs net minder closes the pads and squeezes the puck for a draw in the Avs zone. Sharks are outshooting Colorado 12-5, including taking the last five.
13:01 Foote exits the sin bin and the Avs have killed off both Sharks power plays. Sharks managed two shots on that power play.
12:39 Took about a minute for the Sharks to get a good set up in the Avs zone, but then got two pretty good chances as Marleau was really active.
11:00 Foote takes a pentalty for the Avs, minor for interference putting the Sharks on their second power play. Let's hope the Sharks can put the right foot forward on this man advantage and the pun was intended.
10:18 Shots are 6-4 Sharks, while draws are even at six.
9:07 Cumiskey races out of the box as the Avs have killed off the Sharks power play. Heatley had the best chance on the man advantage on a one-timer from the slot, taking a feed from Thornton. Anderson off to a strong start in goal for the Avs.
7:17 Sharks begin their first power play with Thornton's line on the ice.
7:07 Sharks draw a penalty from Cumiskey for holding Mitchell ending the Colorado power play. Nabokov made two big saves on the kill, including one from point blank range on Stastny.
5:17 Pavelski is called for interfenrence giving the Avs an early power play, fans don't like the call from Chris Lee.
5:00 Sharks are physical and finishing their checks and its Nichol's line that provides a spark.
1:10 Cumiskey gets credit for the game's first goal, but it's a bad bounce for the Sharks that finds the net. Cumiskey's shot gets blocked by Blake, then Blake tries to clear and it ricochetes off the face of Vlasic and trickles in by Nabokov. COL GOAL: Cumiskey (1) A: unassisted at 1:10
0:45 Setoguchi drives in from left corner and tries to get a shot off, but the net gets knocked off the pegs.
0:00 Stastny's line will start for the Avs, whole Todd McLellan will counter with Pavelski's line to open up Game 2. Lookig for a fast start and a good energy shift to begin, just like they did in Game 1.
7:36pm The teams have skated onto the ice and we are moments from the start of Game 2. Everyone is standing and waving their white pom-poms. It is playoff loud in San Jose.
7:32pm The anticipation is building as the fans continue to file into HP Pavilion. The stands are just about full and for the most part everyone is decked out in teal, black and white.