FINAL: Avalanche-1, Sharks-0 (OT) Colorado leads series 2-1 Game 4 Tuesday 7pm Pacific Time at Pepsi Center
Hopefully the Sharks will put it behind them and bounce back in Game 4 and re-claim the home ice advantage. Final shot total for the night is 51-17 Sharks and San Jose has outshot the Avs 103-39 combined over the last two games.
0:51 Painful ending to a game where the Sharks deserved better. Boyle in his own zone, tried to send the puck around behind his own net with a backhand from Nabokov's right and elude a forechecking O'Reilly, ends up in the back of the net and the Sharks lose on an own goal. Avs steal it 1-0 and now lead the series 2-1. Boyle wanted to throw it behind but it appeared to deflect off the stick of O'Reilly and it went through the pads of Nabokov, who was crouched along the near post, give Colorado the win. COL GOAL: O'Reilly (1) A: Unassisted at 0:51
0:00 Keep in mind we have the long changes this overtime period as the benches are on the other side of center. Pavelski's line will again start the overtime against O'Reilly. Avs are still down two forwards (Hejduk and Stoa).
Setoguchi and Pavelski were the heroes in Game 2, who will rise up and be the man tonight? In my best Keith Jones impersonation, I'm taking Ryane Clowe. Drew is taking Malhotra and Randy has Blake.
20:00 For the second straight game we are headed to overtime, but this time we are scoreless. Sharks outshot the Avs 21-4 in the third, over the last two periods the shots are 42-7 and for the game it's 50-16. Setoguchi and Malhotra each fired four shots in the third, while Clowe took three. Setoguchi has eight for the night, while Clowe and Malhotra each have seven.
Boyle continues lead all skaters in ice time (28:26) and Hannan still leads Colorado (27:15).
18:39 Galiardi out of the box as Anderson continues to stand on his head.
17:00 Since the end of the first, shots are 39-4 Sharks.
16:39 Galiardi with a costly penalty, hitting Setoguchi after Devin touched up on an icing behind the Sharks net. Sixth Sharks power play for the night.
15:20 Sharks continue to generate strong chances with the same results. Boyle and Setoguchi are having a good power play.
14:13 Same theme with the Sharks buzzing around the Avs zone, but somehow Anderson keeps the puck out of the net. Shots are now 42-13 Sharks for the night, but we are still scoreless. Sharks will go on a power play as Quincey cross-checks Couture in the right corner of the Colorado zone, fifth power play for San Jose
10:10 Nabokov nice pad save on what was a really a Liles pass for McLeod on a two on one for the Avs with Huskins back. Liles took a stretch pass along the right side at the Sharks blueline and tried to find McLeod in front, but instead Nabokov kicked out his right pad.
8:28 Avs still without a shot here in the third to the Sharks nine and San Jose continues to swarm Anderson.
5:17 Shots are 6-0 Sharks, so San Jose continues their domination in shots. Since the start of the second it's 27-3 in shots.
4:00 Just received word that Stoa's return is doubtful with a lower body injury. Along with Hejduk, that's two Avs that have been injured and are doubtful to return. Stoa in his first action of the series, is in for the injured Porter.
2:02 A couple decent chances for the Sharks to start the third by Nichol and McGinn.
0:00 Pavelski's line will start the third, so they have been on the ice to start every period, as will Duchene for Colorado. A little bit of a tweak as Mitchell started on the right as Setoguchi has moved to Thornton's line.
20:00 The period ends and we are still scoreless despite the Sharks absolutely dominating the second period. Both goalies were fantastic and came up big when they were needed. Even though Nabokov was not tested that often in the period, he still made two huge saves; while his counterpart Anderson was under seige time and time again.
Sharks wind up outshooting the Avs 21-3 for the period and have a 29-12 edge for the game. Marleau and Clowe each took four shots in the period, while Blake and Nichol each fired three; those four skaters combined for 14 of the Sharks 21 in the second. Draws are surprisingly almost even with San Jose barely ahead 20-19.
Boyle is the ice time leader for both sides (18:38) on 23 shifts, while former Shark Scott Hannan now leads the Avs (18:16).
19:46 Marleau just hit the outside of the right post down low right after circling behind the net from the left corner.
19:00 Anderson is kicking out a lot of rebounds, but they are going to the right places for Colorado. All seem to be away from on charging Sharks and not many second chances of initial saves.
18:18 Foote comes out of the box after the Avs killed off another power play, Sharks are now zero for four on the man advantage. Outshooting Avs 19-3 in the second period.
16:18 Power play time again for the Sharks as Foote's foot will put him in the sin bin for two minutes after tripping Clowe who was trying to race out of the Sharks zone up the left side. Before the last Avs flurry, the Sharks had taken 19 of the previous 21 shots.
14:00 Nabby just did it again, just denied Galiardi on a breakaway as the Colorado winger tried to slide it on by stick side.
13:41 Tonight is the exact opposite of Game 2, the goaltending on both sides has been sensational. After buzzing around Anderson for a good minute and a half with out putting one in, Nabokov just made a brilliant save on Hendricks.
11:00 After taking eight of the first 11 shots on the night, the Sharks have taken 17 of the last 19.
10:38 Clowe with an outstanding shift as the Sharks continue to pepper Anderson, but the Colorado net minder remains perfect for the night. Not only with his physical presence, Clowe is all over the place. There was a mad scramble in the Avs crease, but somehow they kept the puck out of the net.
9:57 Sharks are getting more pucks to the net here in the second, outshooting Colorado 8-1 thus far in the period.
8:55 Marleau denied on the right edge of the crease by Anderson on what may have been Patty's best chance of the series.
8:00 Aftrer a big scrum, Sharks end up with a power play and Joe Sacco is going nuts on the Colorado bench. McGinn gets two for unsportsmanlike conduct as did Liles for Colorado, while Stoa gets a two for roughing to give San Jose their third power play.
7:55 Nabokov stones a good chance from Stoa as the Avs get their first shot on net in the second fueled by a three on two with Blake and Vlasic back.
6:34 Another decent scoring chance for the Sharks as Setoguchi led a three on two with Blake and Clowe, but Anderson made a sprawling save.
5:50 Sharks cycled the puck in the Colorado zone for nearly two full minutes and were buzzing around Anderson. Nichol had the best chance, a one-time blast from the top of the right circle just coming off the bench. San Jose was able to get two full line cycles while they had the Avs pinned back. You can feel the momentum shifting to the team wearing white.
4:01 Sharks are outshooting the Avs 3-0 to start the second period as they appear to be in a much better rhythym offensively.
1:25 Malhotra back with Thornton and Marleau. Solid start to the second period.
0:00 Pavelski's line will start the second for the Sharks against Duchene's line for the Avs.
20:00 We are scoreless after one period at the Pepsi Center. After being on their heels a bit at the start, the Sharks got better and better as the period went on. Colorado with a slight edge in shots 9-8, while the Sharks had the slight edge in draws 11-10.
Boyle led the Sharks in ice time (8:21), while Quincey for the Avs led all skaters (8:33). McLellan continues to tinker with the lines as Clowe took the final shift of the first period with Marleau and Thornton.
17:23 Stewart comes out of the box and San Jose is zero for two on the man advantage despite a couple really good chances on the power play.
16:12 Malhotra denied from the top of the crease with a backhand by Anderson after Couture made a play behind the net to get him the puck; this was after Couture took a big hit from Galiardi to make the play.
15:23 Setoguchi denied on an odd man rush racing up the right side with his wrist shot gloved by Anderson. However, the Avs are caught for too many men on the ice which will give the Sharks their second power play; Stewart will serve it for Colorado.
14:43 Update from the Avs, Hejduk is out with an upper body injury and his return is doubtful. Could be a big blow for Colorado not having Hejduk, he has always been a thorn in the Sharks side.
14:20 McLellan has made an adjustment on the fly and moved Mitchell up to the top line with Marleau and Thornton.
13:52 Sharks are starting to generate some chances as Thornton rushed the puck into the Colorado zone and fired a wrist shot from the high slot that was gloved by Anderson.
12:45 Ortmeyer just missed high on a one-time off a feed from Nichol. Liles turned it over deep in the Avs zone right to Nichol on the forecheck.
11:57 The Avs have brought more grit and toughness tonight. After the Sharks asserted their physical dominance in Game 2, Colorado is doing a good job at matching it tonight. The Avs are outhitting the Sharks 5-4 and McLeod has three of them.
9:40 Sharks are being outshot 6-2.
9:09 Nabokov holds the puck for a face-off in the Sharks zone. Nabby really looks on top of his game tonight, has made two huge saves already. He robbed Stastny from point blank range toward the end of the Avs power play; and he just denied McLeod who was trying to jam in a rebound from the left edge of the crease.
8:00 Demers comes out of the box as the Sharks are two for two on the penalty kill.
6:00 Demers heads back to the box after being called for holding the stick of Hannan toward the end of the Sharks power play. Avs go on their second power play.
5:25 Clowe tips one just wide off a blast from Blake at the right point, the Sharks best chance of the man advantage.
3:59 Tucker taketh and givith away. After drawing the penalty against Demers, Tucker is called for elbowing Thornton giving the Sharks their first power play. The power play was very good in Game 2, let's see if it continues.
2:06 Hejduk appears to be shaken up after colliding with Stastny at the Sharks blue line entering the zone on the man advantage. Whistle to stop play as the Colorado athletic trainer is summoned to look at the Avs veteran winger. Hejduk heads straight into the room to get checked out.
1:43 Demers is called for unsportsmanlike conduct for coming to McGinn's aide in a shoving match with Tucker giving the Avs an early power play. Didn't appear to be a strong call.
1:10 First bit of pushing and shoving after a late offside whistle against the Sharks.
0:05 As expected, the crowd is booing Blake every time he touches the puck.
0:00 Pavelski's line will start again for the Sharks with Blake and Vlasic on defense. The line that has been the best for San Jose to this point in the series will set the tone early. Duchene's line will open it up for the Avs with Colorado captain Adam Foote and Cumiskey on defense.
6:15pm Here is what it appeas the lines and scratces will be with Dany Heatley not playing tonight. Avs changed their third and fourth lines a bit with Kevin Porter out with an upper body injury and Ryan Stoa making his first appearance of the series.
Scratches: Kevin Porter, David Koci, Marek Svatos, Chris Durno, Peter Mueller, David Jones, Brett Clark, Ruslan Salei
Referees: Wes McCauley, Stephen Walkom
Linesman: Brad Lazarowich, Tim Nowak
Video Judge: Gary Pedigo
Supervisor: Kay Whitmore
6 PM Pacific Time The players are out for the pregame warmups and there is one piece of news, Dany Heatley won't play in the game and is listed as day-to-day with an unspecified injury. From the press box it looks like Dwight Helminen will jump into the lineup.