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Game 4 Live Blog

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
SHARKS at AVALANCHE


GAME 4 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINALS 4/20/10

FINAL: Sharks-2, Avalanche-1 (OT)
Series tied 2-2
Game 5 at HP Pavilion 7:30pm Thursday April 22nd

Three Stars
1. Pavelski (GW Goal)
2. Anderson (43 saves)
3. Nabokov (33 saves)


OVERTIME

10:24 We are headed back to San Jose with the series tied at two!  Pavelski is the hero picking up a loose puck in the high slot and snaps home a wrister top shelf glove side.  Murray led the rush up the middle of the ice, as he crossed the blueline two Avs jumped to him and Pavelski pounced on the puck and fired it home to give the Sharks the huge overtime win.  Anderson did not have a clean look at the shot as Foote sset a partial screen trying to back up.
SJ GOAL: Pavelski (2)  A: Murray (1), Clowe 2 (4) at 10:24

Sharks end up outshooting the Avs 11-6 in the overtime and 45-34 for the game.  San Jose has taken 148 shots over the last three games.

10:01 Avs catch a huge break after they are called for icing, the refs call the ice crew on to the ice for the dry scrape at the first stoppage after the midway point of the overtime period.

8:42 Scary sequence as the Avs cycled the puck for a good 45 seconds before the Sharks ice the puck.  Boyle with a key defensive play down low, ushering the puck from the slot area toward the corner to Nabby's right.  McLellan uses his time out to rest his tired skaters.

7:42 Shots are 9-4 Sharks in the overtime and chances are 5-1 San Jose.

6:42 Two more great chances are thwarted by Anderson as Malhotra was denied initially and then Couture off a rebound.

5:20 Thornton with a steal in the Colorado zone and his wrist shot was steered aside by Anderson, another quality Sharks chance.

4:56 Nabokov with a huge save denying a three on two as O'Reilly's wrist shot off a drop pass from Hendricks is held on to by Nabby who was looking behind him.

2:59 Avs get their first shot of the extra session from a San Jose turnover, but it's gloved by Nabokov. 

2:39 Sharks are outshooting Colorado 4-0 to start OT and have the Avs on their heels a bit.

1:17 Excellent push by the Sharks to start overtime as Anderson has made two big saves to begin the extra session on Pavelski and Marleau.

0:00 Pavelski's line starts the OT against Duchene's line, as McLellan looks for the San Jose's most productive line in the series to set the tone in the extra session.  Once again, we will have the long changes in this period with the benches on the opposite side of center.

3rd PERIOD

20:00 We are headed to overtime for the third straight game and in every game in the series thus far, we have been tied entering the final minute of regulation.  Sharks outshoot Colorado 10-8 in the third and have a 34-28 edge for the night.  Face-offs are split at 24 for the game, as the Avs had a big edge in draws in the third, winning 12 of the 19.  Boyle far and away leads all skaters in ice time (25:19) on 33 shifts, while the Avs are paced by Foote (22:48).  The Avs have blocked 19 more shots in this game tonight and are outhitting the Sharks 28-20.  Again, it's time for someone to step up and be a hero for the Sharks so we can head back to HP Pavilion with the series tied at two.

18:40 Two huge saves by Nabokov, the toughest was a wrister down low left on Yip who tried to go five-hole.

17:25 Hannan gets away with interference on Malhotra in the Colorado zone as Malhotra was driving the net.  Hannan knocked Malhotra right into Anderson and knocking the Avs goalie down.

15:55 Marleau and Quincey back onto the ice and back to five on five.

14:15 Pavelski with a great chance down low right side, taking a pass from Clowe, but Anderson makes another key stop.

13:55 Matching minors to Marleau and Quincey for roughing after a scrum to the left of Anderson, skating four on four.

13:33 Another strong save from Anderson, this time sliding across from right to left, stopping a one-time blast from Marleau off a feed from Thornton.

10:55 Anderson covers a loose puck in the crease after another good rush from the Sharks; the initial shot was from Heatley, his first of he night.

9:50 Mitchell's wrist shot from the high slot off a drop pass from Marleau is sticked aside by Anderson, good chance for the Sharks.

9:17 Marleau fires a wrist shot from inside the left circle on a three on two, but another save by Anderson.

7:53 Anderson with a glove save off a low wrister from Pavelski with Setoguchi crashing the net trying to screen the Colorado netminder.  Shots are 4-3 Avs in the third period.

4:31Nabby stops a Colorado odd man rush, three on two, and covers the Stewart shot.  Tucker has moved onto Stastny's line for the Avs.

3:00 Foote jumps into the play from the right point offensively with a steal and skates down the slot, but his backhand goes wide of the net stick side.

1:50 Heatley now skating with Nichol and Malhotra.

1:04 Nabokov stones Svatos shot off a loose puck in the slot.  Big save by Nabby on what could have been disasterous after Pavelski gave the puck away in the Sharks zone.

0:00 Thornton's line will start the third, they have started all periods against Stastny's line.  Mitchell has moved up to the top line for Heatley.

2nd PERIOD

20:00 Second period ends and we are tied at one with power play tallies for both sides.  The Sharks picked their play back up over the final half of the period and outshot the Avs 15-14 in the second and are ahead 24-20 for the game.  Setoguchi leads the Sharks with six shots, firing four in the second, while Liles leads Colorado with four shots on net.  Sharks have won 17 of the 29 face-offs with Pavelski leading the way winning seven of his nine.  For the second straight game, the goaltending has been real sharp on both sides after Anderson and Nabokov combined to surrender 11 goals in Game 2.

18:50 Couture with a good chance at the top of the crease, but it's kicked out by the right pad from Anderson; Couture was driving the net down the slot.

17:45 Vlasic has returned and is on the ice, doesn't even miss a shift.  Very good sign for the Sharks.

16:20 McGinn and Yelle are out of the box as we go back to five on five.

16:09 Word from the Sharks room is they expect Vlasic to return.

14:20 Nabokov drops to cover a rebound chance from the slot on Yelle, good push from the Avs; and then some nastiness in front of the crease with some pushing and shoving.  Vlasic took the initial blast from the right point from Foote off his helmet and has gone into the room to get looked at.  Play results in matching roughing minors for McGinn and Yelle, so we'll skate four on four for two minutes.

13:30 Salei's blast from just across the blueline in the high slot surprised everyone, luckily it flew over the net and Nabokov.

12:03 Marleau's backhand from the slot off the draw win from Thornton is gloved by Anderson, another good chance.

11:59 Sharks with four great chances on one shift from the Pavelski line as Setoguchi and Clowe were all over the ice, but Anderson keeps it a 1-1 game.  Colorado forced to ice the puck as the Avs could not clear and Joe Sacco is forced to call a time out with a gassed group on the ice.

9:50 Colorado has picked up their play and are outshooting the Sharks 8-4 in the second and have a slight edge in shots for the night at 14-13.

6:31 Pavelski comes out of the box and the Sharks kill off the penalty.  Really good work by Mitchell on the penalty kill.

4:31 Sharks take another penalty as Pavelski sells out and tries to block a shot while diving to the ice, but trips Svatos and give the Avs their second power play.

3:27 Avs don't waste anytime as Stastny wins the draw back to Liles and his slapshot is redirected in front by Stastny passed Nabokov tying the game at one.  Colorado's second power play goal of the series and Liles has been involved in both.
COL PP GOAL: Stastny (1)  A: Liles (1), Yip (2) at 3:27

3:23 Blake is called for slashing Hendricks while fighting for position in front of the crease in the Sharks zone giving Colorado their first power play.

3:00 Helminen with a good chance right off the bench, a hard wrister from the top of the right circle is turned aside by Anderson. 

1:25 Anderson a blocker save on a wrister from Setoguchi as he and Pavelski were racing up ice with a two on two.

0:00 Thornton's line will start the second against Stastny with the brief man advantage.

1st PERIOD

20:00 First comes to an end with the Sharks ahead 1-0 and will begin the second on a brief power play of two seconds with Foote in the box.  After the Sharks came out with a blistering start, the Avs got something going and the final ten minutes were pretty even.  San Jose outshoots Colorado 9-6, but the Avs took six of the last nine shots to end the period.  Sharks continue their strong work in the face-off circle, winning eight of the 13 first period draws; Thornton won three of his four, while Pavelski is a perfect three for three.  Boyle leads all skaters in ice time (8:09), while Cumiskey leads Colorado (7:39) and hits are even at nine.  All four lines have been solid for the Sharks, while Colorado's best group definitely was the O'Reilly line in the first.  Heatley took nine shifts and played 5:27 in the opening period.

18:03 Sharks get their second power play of the first period as Foote interferes with Vlasic in the left corner of the San Jose zone as the Avs were cycling the puck down low.

14:14 Setoguchi's rocket of a one-time is gloved by Anderson.  Nice feed from Boyle along the right boards as the Sharks are getting more quality chances here, even though the Avs are getting some opportunities too.

12:55 O'Reilly with another chance with the Avs on an odd man rush.  Colorado with a three on two and O'Reilly's wrist shot is denied with the glove of Nabokov.

12:15 Sharks are spending a lot of time in the Avs zone cycling the puck and controlling play.

9:00 Avs finally show some offensive spark and it's O'Reilly's line that gets a good chance.  The one-time from O'Reilly in the slot sails over the net, the Avs first chance of the night.

8:00 Colorado generates their first shot, a slapper from the right point by Foote that Nabokov easily turns aside.

7:25 Sharks are outshooting Colorado 5-0.

5:00 Sharks continue their strong play from the previous two games and are flying all over the ice and are physical.

1:39 Nichol's goal is waved off as the Sharks sparkplug knocked the puck in with his right hand.  He was kocked down on the ice in the crease and clearly hit it with his right glove, so a good call from Ian Walsh.

1:12 Boyle fires a slapshot from the top of the left circle top shelf glove side on Anderson, tremendous start for the Sharks and a little poetic justice for #22.  San Jose gets their third power play goal of the series and Boyle's sixth career Stanley Cup playoff goal.  First time in this series the Sharks have scored the first goal of the game and it's the first time the Sharks have a had a lead during the course of a game in this series.
SJ PP GOAL: Boyle (1)  A: Clowe (3), Pavelski (2) at 1:12

0:35 Thornton took a high stick right off the opening face-off from Stastny putting the Sharks on an immediate power play.

0:00  Thornton's line will start for the Sharks as McLellan looks for the big guns to get going and set the tone; Murray and Boyle will start on the blueline.  Statsny's line will start for the Avs with Quincey and Hannan on defense.

PRE-GAME
 
Starting Goalies:

                        SJ: Evgeni Nabokov    back-up: Thomas Greiss

                        COL: Craig Anderson     back-up: Peter Budaj

 
Lines:
 

San Jose:      Patrick Marleau-Joe Thornton-Dany Heatley

                        Ryane Clowe-Joe Pavelski-Devin Setoguchi

                        Manny Malhotra-Logan Couture-Torrey Mitchell

                        Jamie McGinn-Scott Nichol-Dwight Helminen

 

                        Dan Boyle-Douglas Murray

                        Rob Blake-Marc Edouard Vlasic

                        Jason Demers-Kent Huskins

 

                        Scratches: Jay Leach, Niclas Wallin, Brad Staubitz, Jed Ortmeyer,
                        Henrik Karlsson

 
 
Colorado:      TJ Galiardi-Paul Stastny-Chris Stewart

                        Brandon Yip-Matt Duchene-Marek Svatos

                        Chris Durno-Ryan O’Reilly-Darcy Tucker

                        Cody McLeod-Stephane Yelle-Matt Hendricks

 

                        Kyle Cumiskey-Adam Foote

                        Kyle Quincey-John Michael Liles

                        Ruslan Salei-Scott Hannan

 

                        Scratches: Kevin Porter, David Koci, Milan Hejduk, Ryan Stoa, Peter
                        Mueller, David Jones, Brett Clark, Ryan Wilson

 
 
Officials:

Referees:          Bill McCreary, Ian Walsh                    

Linesman:         Derek Nansen, Shane Heyer

Video Judge:    Kris Schoech   

Supervisor:       Kay Whitmore 


6:45pm  Dany Heatley is out there for warmups in the pregame skate.

 



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