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Sharks rally past Avalanche, 2-1, in SO

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Tonight's Final Score: San Jose Sharks 2, Colorado Avalanche 1 (F/SO)


SO:
Round 3: Joe Pavelski could not get the shot attempt by Elliott. With one shootout attempt remaining, David Jones' wrister missed to the right of the net. Sharks win their seventh straight game, 2-1, and take two points in dramatic fashion on home ice. Gritty home win over a motivated Avalanche squad. Colorado earns a point in the OT loss.
Final Shootout Tally: Sharks 1, Avs 0.

Round 2: Logan Couture was stopped on the Sharks' next attempt. He tried a change of pace, but Elliott was patient and made a nice pad save to deny San Jose's star rookie. On the Avs' next opportunity, Matt Duschene hit the right post. Sharks will have a chance to win it.
Shootout Tally: Sharks 1, Avs 0

Round 1: Ryane Clowe kicked off the shootout in style for the Sharks, by beating Elliott left for the opening goal. On the ensuing sequence, Milan Hejduk was stopped by Antti Niemi.
Shootout Tally: Sharks 1, Avs 0.

OT:
5:00
Overtime concludes in the Bay Area. Sharks and Avalanche are headed to a decisive shootout to cap off a great night of hockey.

1:35
Transition opportunity for the Avalanche, but a stellar save by Niemi to keep San Jose's hopes alive.

1:15
Ian White had a great chance in front of the net, but more stellar play in net from Elliott. Great save to prevent a potential game-winner for the Sharks. Elliott was recently acquired from the Ottawa Senators. He has provided a spark for Colorado in the crease tonight.

0:00
Quick turnaround. Overtime is underway in San Jose.

3RD:
20:00
Thornton's late equalizer sends the game into overtime, tied 1-1. Joe's clutch tally helped the Sharks add to their Pacific Division-leading point total, which now stands at 79. Sharks look for more in the extra session.

17:02
Setoguchi had a number of great attempts at the doorstep, but was denied by Elliott. The puck was swung back outside to Jason Demers, who ripped a shot from the right wing. Joe Thornton took it from there with a tremendous tip-in to tie the game at 1-1.

15:37
Shot attempt by Douglas Murray from just inside the blue line is just wide of the net but Logan Couture keeps the possession alive for San Jose.

14:54
After reeling off a number of shots in Elliott's vicinity, offsides is called on San Jose. Stoppage of play with just over five minutes to go in this key home game for the Sharks.

12:58
Colorado controls the puck as clock in the third period continues to dwindle. Sharks still

1:18
Erik Johnson opens the scoring by beating Niemi for an early PPG for the Avalanche in the third period. Sharks have almost a full period to bounce back.

2ND
20:00
Again the Sharks pressured late, but could not break the ice.  The contest is scoreless and San Jose leads on the shot chart 19-11.

14:55
Paul Stastny got two minutes for roughing and the Sharks went on their third power play.

13:33
Antti Niemi just made an incredible stop from in close on Kevin Porter and kept Colorado off the board.

7:50
Kyle Wellwood set up Torrey Mitchell on a two-on-one, but the shot was turned aside.

6:06
Devin Setoguchi just exploded past the defense with an open shot.  The puck went through Brian Elliott, but trickled a little wide.

1:30
Colorado and San Jose switched sides and began the second.

1ST
20:00
The Sharks pressured until the last second, but could not find the opening period tally as things finished scoreless.  San Jose outshot Colorado 9-5.

18:48
Chaotic play as a Sharks shot ended up caroming off the post and back to Brian Elliott.  He found a handle on the shot to prevent the tally.

16:15
Not a ton of shots, but San Jose completely dominated zone play for the last several minutes.  It earned them a power play at the 16:24 mark.

9:23
Logan Couture goes to the box for holding the stick and the Avs went on the power play.

6:43
Jason Demers cranked one up from down low and it ended up being blocked and hidden in a defender's uniform.  The puck was quickly found after the whistle blew.

2:59
Strong effort by Thornton-Couture-Setoguchi provided the Sharks first scoring chance.

00:37
Antti Niemi was introduced as the club's player of the month for February.  He started opposite Brian Elliott.  Up front it was Joe Thornton, Devin Setoguchi and Logan Couture, while on the blueline it was Niclas Wallin and Ian White.

PREGAME
In their last contest in San Jose, Devin Setoguchi posted a hat trick and Antti Niemi registered a shutout in the Sharks victory.

Dan Boyle and Ben Eager are out (both day to day) as well as Antero Niittymaki, Kent Huskins and Scott Nichol.

Brandon Mashinter is in the lineup after being called up for the contest.
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