GAME 1 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINALS 4/14/10
The Avalanche end up with a slight edge in shots for the night, 30-26, and have to be thrilled starting of this Western Conference Quarter-Final series the way they did. Colorado will take 1-0 series lead into HP Pavilion Friday night for a 7:30pm start for Game Two. Be sure to check in with us here on the blog for the shot by shot accout of the entire Sharks playoff run.3rd PERIOD
20:00 Avs hang on and steal game one 2-1 thanks to the late Stewart goal. Tough break for the Sharks who played a solid third period but unfortunately fall on a fluky goal.
19:10 Stewart throws the puck toward the net from the right corner, bouncing off the left skate of Blake and in the net giving the Avs a 2-1 lead. Galiardi was battling Blake for position at the top of the crease in front of Nabokov. This took place moments after Galiardi appeared to crash into Nabokov knocking the Sharks goaltender down and losing his stick momentarily.
COL Goal: Stewart (1) A: Stastny (2), Galiardi (1) at 19:10 (Stewart's first career playoff goal)
15:20 The rough night for Galiardi continues as Murray delivers a nice check knocking Galiardi's helmet and stick free.
13:25 Almost shades of Marc Bergevin as the Avs nearly put one in their own net off a dump in from Huskins.
11:10 Sharks picking up the intensity and hitting as Marleau delivers a big check to Galiardi in the defensive zone.
9:50 The goal has really fired up the Sharks, they are flying around since knotting up the game.
7:59 Clowe out hustles everyone to a loose puck dumped into the right wing corner by Setoguchi, curls up the wall to the hash marks and fires a turn-around wrist shot that beats Anderson and ties the game at one. The puck slipped under the Colorado net minder who was screened on the play by Pavelski.
SJ Goal: Clowe (1) A: Setoguchi (1), Vlasic (1) at 7:59
5:35 Terrific glove save by Nabokov, denying a sneaky Hejduk bolting up the right wing side.
4:49 Galiardi out of the box as the Sharks are kept off the scoreboard despite some pretty good chances on the man advantage.
2:49 Sharks get a power play after Boyle is held by Galiardi behind the Sharks net.
0:20 Good chance immediately for the top line, but Anderson remains perfect on the night. Marleau trying for a tip in front is tied up by former Shark Scott Hannan.
The Sharks start the third period with Thornton's line to try and get the offense going.
Good news is there is still another period to go and the Sharks have been an outstanding third period team all season outscoring their opponents 89-62 in the third this season. Hopefully the strong penalty kill at the end of the second will give San Jose some momentum heading into the third. Sharks still with a good sized edge on draws winning 58% of the face-offs tonight with Thornton still leading the way winning nine of his 13.
20:00 Second period ends with the Avs leading Game One 1-0; Colorado played an outstanding period, out shooting the top seed in the west 12-3.
19:07 Setoguchi comes out of the box after a solid penalty kill by the Sharks. Terrific work by Nichol, Malhotra and Thornton on the kill.
17:07 After Colorado cycles the puck for about 45 seconds on a delayed penalty, Malhotra finally touches up for the Sharks. Setuguchi will head in for hooking Yip putting the Avs on their second man advantage.
15:22 The fans begin to make a lot of noise with the first appearance of "Stefan the Lucky Dancing Bear" on the HP Pavilion video board during a stoppage.
15:22 Colorado has really picked up their play over the last eight minutes or so and now is out shooting the Sharks 17-15 for the game.
12:38 Avs get a power play goal from Liles, who rips a slaphot by a screened Nabokov to give Colorado the first score. Nabokov could not get a look as Stewart and Boyle were locked up in front of the Sharks net minder.
COL PP GOAL: Liles (1) A: Duchene (1), Stastny (1) at 12:38
11:46 Avs get their first power play as Blake heads to the box after hooking Stastny.
10:55 Defensively the Sharks are playing a very strong game to this point. They have held the Avs to just 13 shots and the majority has come from the outside. Despite only tallying 13 shots themselves, the Sharks chances have been better and have been more aggressive in the attacking zone.
9:00 Avs finally get credit for their first shot of the second period.
8:30 Sharks best chance of the period to this point, Blake with a blast from the right point gets deflected just over the crossbar by Pavelski.
7:08 Avs have yet to tally a shot in the second period. Matching minors in the neutral zone, Yip for the Avs (Interference) and Marleau for the Sharks (Holding); so we'll skate four on four.
6:36 Sharks continue to dominate the face-off circle, winning 14 of the 22 draws thus far; led by Thornton winning six of his eight.
5:30 Mitchell with a big hit on Tucker in the Avs zone brings a huge ovation from the sell-out crowd. Sharks are really bringing the smart, physical play tonight.
2:57 No shots have been recorded since the start of the second as the feeling out process between the teams continues. Galiardi has returned to his normal spot on the Avs top line.1st PERIOD
Boyle led the Sharks in ice time during the first (7:26), while Quincey led the Avs posting the same time. Sharks end up winning 11 of the 19 first period draws.
End of first period with the Sharks and Avs scoreless. Sharks with a slight edge in shots 12-11, while the hits are even at 15.
20:00 Galiardi did not take another shift after the collision at center ice, Hejduk moved onto the Stastny line for the Avs top line's final first period shift.
16:50 Galiardi appears to be shaken up for Avs, slowly gets off ice leaving gloves and stick behind. It appeared he took a stick in the face from Clowe who collided with Pavelski in the neutral zone.
13:37 Colorado two on one with Stastny and Tucker ends up with nothing for the Avs as Tucker can't reach a pass down low left. Nice job by Murray getting back to apply pressure and force the errant attempt.
12:45 Our first bit of pushing and shoving between Clowe and Yip, nothing comes from it.
11:50 Heatley fires a slapshot from the top of the right circle just wide of the low corner stick-side. Shortly after, Pavelski is denied from the high slot by Anderson, two really good chances and consecutive shifts for the Sharks.
10:11 Surprising the ice time leader at this point is Heatley with 4:10.
9:00 Teams have settled in and it's turning into an up tempo, entertaining game. Physical play on both sides as teams are finishing their checks with solid goal tending. Shots are now 7-6 Sharks as the Avs have registered six of the last seven on net.
5:30 Sharks continue their exceptional track record on draws, have won nine of the first ten face-offs.
2:45 Stewart out of the box leads to a Colorado rush and Nabokov makes a key save and covers up the Avs best chance to this early point.
2:20 Sharks with six shots already and Anderson has had to make some tough saves. Sharks really circling the Avs net.
1:10 Already two good chances on power play, Sharks look really focused and ready.
0:28 Stewart called for hooking giving the Sharks an early power play, great start! Stewart hooked Murray.PRE-GAME
Pavelski's line starts for the Sharks, look for a quick burst of energy.
7:36pm With bay area natives Metallica "Seek and Destroy" blaring through HP Pavilion, the Sharks led by Nabokov skate through the shark-head and take the ice wearing the home teal; the Avs led by Anderson are in the white.
7:33pm The atmosphere inside HP Pavilion is absolutely electric, everyone on their feet screaming and waving playoff towels. All season long the talk from the players has been about getting it done in the playoffs and they need to be ready for the second season. By all appearances they are ready, and they are not alone; judging by the enthusiasm inside The Tank, the fans are ready too.
Stastny's line will start for the AvsStarting Goalies:
COL: Craig Anderson back-up: Peter Budaj
SJ: Evgeni Nabokov back-up: Thomas GreissLines:ColoradoTJ Galiardi
-Paul Stastny-Chris Stewart
Brandon Yip-Matt Duchene-Milan Hejduk
Cody McLeod-Kevin Porter-Ryan O’Reilly
Darcy Tucker-Stephane Yelle-Matt Hendricks
Kyle Cumiskey-Adam Foote
Kyle Quincey-John Michael Liles
Ryan Wilson-Scott Hannan
Scratches: David Koci, Ryan Stoa, Marek Svatos, Chris Durno, Peter Mueller, David Jones, Brett Clark, Ruslan SaleiSan JosePatrick Marleau
-Joe Thornton-Dany HeatleyRyane Clowe
-Joe Pavelski-Devin Setoguchi
Manny Malhotra-Logan Couture-Torrey Mitchell
Jamie McGinn-Scott Nichol-Jason DemersDan Boyle
Rob Blake-Marc Edouard Vlasic
Niclas Wallin-Kent Huskins
Scratches: Jay Leach, Jed Ortmeyer, Brad Staubitz, Henrik Karlsson
Referees: Tim Peel, Dan O’Rourke
Linesman: Mike Cvik, Jonny Murray
Video Judge: Mike Shanley