Clock time expires and the Sharks and Niittymaki earn the 4-2 win. The San Jose Sharks will next play Saturday at Edmonton at 7 p.m.
A huge scrumage follows the whistle. In the end, Colorado's Steward, who assisted on the Avs' first goal, leaves the game with a 10-minute misconduct.
scores his second goal of the season on an empty netter all the way from the center line. There's some argument from the Colorado bench as to whether the puck had hit the linesman prior to the goal. Sharks up 4-2. Murray and Boyle get the assist.
Niittymaki makes the save admidst all the bodies as the Avs are playing desperate to tie the game up. The rebound redirects behind the net as the Finnish goalie tries to find it amongst all the traffic.
shoots from the blueline after the Sharks control the puck following the faceoff, but as the puck made it's way to Anderson, Dany Heatley was called for a goalie interference penalty. Four-on-four action for the next minute and a half.
Colorado's Duchene takes his third penalty of the game, this time for a high stick.
Icing called against the Sharks and Head Coach Todd McLellan calls a timeout to rest his players.
Niittymaki makes a save on a bang-bang play from Colorado from behind the net.
Pavelski steals the puck and goes in alone on Colorado netminder. Pav's wrister went wide as the penalties expires.
Clowe and McLeod both earn two-minute roughing penalties. On the ensuing faceoff, Wallin gets tacked with a cross check. Avs have a four-on-three powerplay.
Hejduk scores on an open net after Niittymaki makes the initial save. The puck squeaked behind Niittymaki and Hejduk knocks it to cut down the Sharks lead 3-2.
San Jose is tagged with their first penalty of the game when a interference penalty is called against Dan Boyle
Scott Nichol and Jamal Mayers takes a two-on-one rush. After the puck goes safely into the screen, Nichol was slashed and knocked down onto the ice. No calls from the officials.
Seto with speed again goes in on Anderson with one defender but was foiled.
Devin Setoguchi rushes up the neutral zone but Pavelski was whistled for offsides.
Four Colorado penalties assisted in two Sharks powerplay goals during the second stanza. San Jose put up 14 shots in the second period, compared to six from the Avs. Dan Boyle
leads all skates in icetime with 17:21.
Wallin shot from the blue line passes Anderson but the bright red post had other plans and the puck bounces safely into the corner.
Sharks try to get in another goal before the second period wraps up but Anderson was up for the save.
A two-on-one low in the defensive zone, but Niittymaki quickly makes the save.
Jamie McGinn attemps to stuff the puck pass Anderson near the post but was denied. A mini scuffle between the two teams erupts but the refs were quick to break it up.
Niittymaki goes out and challenges Duchene and makes the save as the Sharks clear the zone.
Sharks get tacked with another icing call. Avs win the ensuing faceoff.
Powerplay expires and the Sharks got plenty of chances at Anderson.
A hooking penalty called against Duchene. Pavs, Heatley and Marleau on the ice again to start the powerplay. Well, if it ain't broke...
does it again. Pavs, who made his mark against Colorado in the first round of the playoffs last season, cleans up the puck from in the crease and knocks it home. Sharks now lead 3-1. Once again, Heatley and Marleau each get an assist. Sharks still remains on the powerplay.
Heatley and Thornton work together to try and knock in the rebound. As luck would have it Colorado clears the puck over the glass and gets tack with a delay of game penalty. A Sharks five-on-three situation ensues.
Sharks draw another penalty.
A Sharks turnover low in the zone resulted in a nifty glove save from Niittymaki.
Adam Foote sustained a head injury in the first period and is missing from the Avs bench. The veteran most likely will not return to the game.
The Sharks work quickly on the powerplay and the Big Pavelski scores to give San Jose the 2-1 lead. Heatley and Marleau both earn the assist.
Sharks go on the powerplay after a tripping penalty sends Colorado's Duchene to the sin bin.
Scoring change during the intermission. John McCarthy is awarded with an assist on Nichol's goal. It is his first career point.
Colorado and San Jose head into the lockerroom tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of action. Colorado narrowly leads the shots on goal 15-13. However, the Sharks are doing solidly in the faceoff circle, winning won 11 of 18 faceoffs.
After review, Scott Nichol is awarded his first goal of the season in his 501th career game to tie up the game 1-1 late in the first. Jamal Mayers also earns his first assist of the young season. Marc-Edouard Vlasic
gets the secondary assist.
Colorado controling the puck
The Avs looking to extend their lead as they setup play inside the Sharks defensive zone after winning the faceoff after the Sharks ice the puck.
Niittymaki goes behind the net to help settle the puck for his defensman however, Avs' Stewart intercepts the pass and shoots it at the open net but missed. Cumiskey collects the rebound and shoots from the point, pass all the bodies and legs, to give the Avs the first goal of the night. Colorado leads 1-0.
Boyle and Mayers each get a long range shot in but Anderson makes the routine saves.
Niittymaki covers up the puck to force the faceoff. Colorado got off more than a few shots on goal in the last minute and a half. Sharks lead the shots on goal 9-6 currently.
A Sharks rush gives John McCarthy a good look at the net but Avs' Craig Anderson makes the save.
Colorado's Paul Stastny gets a chance from close range but Niittymaki makes the save. Just the Avs' fourth shot this period.
Avs finally clear the puck after strong play from the McGinn, Pavelski and Mitchell line.
Kent Huskins touches the puck for an icing call. Ensuing faceoff in the Sharks' offensive zone.
with a shot from the point that deflects into the screen.
Jamal Mayers hits the ice to officially makes his Team Teal debut.
Ref drops the puck. Game's underway.
Antero Niittymaki makes his second start of the season tonight. He was tagged with the 3-2 overtime loss in his only other start Oct. 9 against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Sweden.
Jamal Mayers also is expected to play against the Avs. It will be his first game since Sept. 28 when he got hurt in a preseason game against the Vancouver Canucks.