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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Colorado

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Logan Couture, Dan Boyle and Mike Moore all scored but still the San Jose Sharks fell 4-3 in overtime to the Colorado Avalanche. Moore scored his first career goal and San Jose still earns a point in the standing. Jamie McGinn had his goal disallowed in the middle of the third period right before Colorado scored three unanswered goals -- San Jose would have been up 4-1 instead of being up 3-2 after Chris Stewart's goal. The Sharks will have to quickly forget about this loss to the Avs as they will fly out to Dallas tonight and take on the Dallas Stars in less than 24 hours.


Kevin Porter has only Kent Huskins to beat, then shows Antero Niittymaki his backhand and then beats the Finnish goalie five hole to give the Avs the come from behind 4-3 win in overtime.

Logan Couture and Dan Boyle get a few chances on the Avs goalie who makes the tough save.


Regulation is over as both team rest up a little bit before heading into overtime.

The speedy Torrey Mitchell streaks into the Colorado zone and gets a great last minute chance on Peter Budaj who barely makes the save.

Avs win the faceoff but Antero Niittymaki makes a tough save and hangs onto the puck to help out his teammates and allow the Sharks to change lines.

Sharks get an icing called against them after Colorado aggressively attacks the net and has San Jose scrambling around Antero Niittymaki. Head Coach Todd McLellan is forced to burn his timeout to rest his tired skaters.

Paul Stastny ties the game up with a shot that beat Antero Niittymaki top shelf on the short side. The Colorado crowd is getting really into it now. Chris Stewart and David Jones get the assists.

The game's getting physical in the third, both teams are throwing their bodies around out there on the ice.

Chris Stewart's quick shot beats Antero Niittymaki to score his 11th goal of the season. John-Michael Liles earns the assist. The defenseman has assists on both Avs goal. What should've been a Sharks 4-1 lead is now a 3-2 lead following the disallowed goal and Stewart's goal.

Joe Thornton gets cut off by the Peter Budaj's net as the Avs defenseman tries to shake the Sharks captain off his tail.

Antero Niittymaki makes a routine save to keep the Sharks up by two goals.

The call isn't overturned. The offical scorers and ref say that Jamie McGinn touch the puck above the crossbar. San Jose's lead still stands 3-1.

Jamie McGinn and Sharks appear to score a goal but the call on the ice is no goal because of a high stick, according to the ref. The "goal" is under review.

Antero Niittymaki makes the sprawl out save as Colorado is bring the pressure to try and swing the momentum back their way. It's only the Avs second shot this period and thier 14 of the game

Dan Boyle takes a shot on Peter Budaj who makes the save.


San Jose extends their lead to 3-1 after two periods. The Sharks have 28 shots compared to 12 shots on goal from Colorado. Joe Pavelski, Dan Boyle and Logan Couture are tied for shots with four each. Boyle leads all skater with 19:23 of ice time.

Colorado calls for a timeout late in the second period following an icing.

Colorado got a good chance on goal on a two-on-two, but San Jose's defense foils the attempt.

Scott Nichol recieves a long stretch pass and shoots a long wrister but Peter Budaj makes the routine save.

Sharks got the puck deep in the Avs zone and Joe Thornton tries to center it from behind the net but Colorado's netminder makes the save and his defensman cleans up the rebound.

As the penalty expires, Mike Moore shots a rifle of a shot from the point that bounces of a Colorado player's leg and pass Peter Budaj's five-hole thanks to all that traffice. Dany Heatley and Joe Thornton earn the assist. The Sharks now lead 3-1 on Moore's first career goal.

Derek Joslin's shot pings off the cross bar and Kevin Shattenkirk clears the puck over the glass and will go to the penalty box for delay of game penalty.

San Jose successfully kill off the penalty as Logan Couture steps back onto the ice.

Colorado goes on the powerplay after an interference call against Logan Couture.

Captain Joe Thornton centers the pass from the side but everyone thought he was passing it to the streaking Dany Heatley but it was Dan Boyle who pinches in after being left unmarked on the right side and net the goals. Clowe earns the other assist. Sharks are now up 2-1.

Sharks win the opening draw of the second period. They have won 18 of 31.


After 20 minutes of action, the Sharks and Avalanche are tie 1-1. Logan Couture ties the team leaders in goals score early in the first and rookie Kevin Shattenkirk nets his first career goal late in the period in his seventh career game. San Jose got 12 shots on Peter Budaj thanks to four consecutive powerplays.

Kevin Shattenkirk ties the game up 1-1 for the Avs on the powerplay. That is the former first round pick's first career goal. Milan Hejduk and John-Michael Liles get the assist.

Dan Boyle gets tagged with a two-minute hooking penalty and the remainder of San Jose's brief powerplay is over. Four-on-four action for the time being before the Avs get an abbreivated powerplay.

Sharks have another chance on the powerplay as Kevin Porter goes off for hooking

The puck flys over onto the team's bench. San Jose does not convert on the powerplay as the penalty expires.

Colorado successfully kills off the four-minute penalty but then Paul Stastny takes a slashing penalty and the Avs have to go right back on the penalty kill.

Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic gets a shot off from the point but the Avs goalie makes the save amidst all that traffice.

Patrick Marleau is denied by Peter Budaj from in close.

Double minor penalty to Brandon Yip who high sticks Jamie McGinn. A lot of blood from McGinn's mouth and nose as he is attended to by Sharks trainers. The fourth best powerplay in the NHL will hit the ice for a full four minutes.

Avs spending a lot of time in the Sharks' zone but Derek Joslin does his best to not allow Colorado any room to maneuver. Joslin's defensive partner, Kent Huskins, cleanly clears the puck from the front of the net.

The puck goes off into crowd. No penalties though.

Logan Couture nets his seventh goal of the season to open the game. Peter Budaj makes the initial save on Ryane Clowe's wrister, but the puck sqeaks past the netminder and Couture was there to knock the puck into the empty net. Joe Pavelski earns the secondary assist.


The San Jose Sharks hit the road for back-to-back games starting tonight with the Colorado Avalanche tonight at the Pepsi Center.

Antero Niittymaki, with his 7-1-2 record and 1.91 goals-against average, will be in net facing off against Peter Budaj.

San Jose recalled Mike Moore earlier today due to injuries to Douglas Murray and Niclas Wallin. Moore and fellow defenseman Derek Joslin, who made his season debut against the Los Angeles Kings Monday, are expected to be in the lineup tonight. The Avs have their own injury problems and will be without the services of seven regulars.
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