A career milestone was reached by long-time Shark Patrick Marleau who scored his 400th career goal, and most importantly, all with San Jose. The way he has gone in his career it is possible he might even reach 500, altough it would all be a bit nice though if he could add a cup to all those goals. Hats off to Patty for reaching the milestone.
For the Sharks it was a great job of fighting back into a game where they were down 2-0 and get a point out of. Unfortunately, it will still be a little disappointing to as they were 0.4 seconds away from getting a chance to win the game in the shootout.
In the first period the Colorado Avalanche struck first 6:47 into the game when Matt Duchene scored on the power play. Linemate P.A. Parenteau gets credit for the great pass across the box to give Duchene the puck. For the Sharks it was a case of not clearing the puck when they had the opportunity and it quickly came back to bite them.
As far as the rest of the period went, the Avalanche seemed to be very active on the forecheck and that gave San Jose’s defensemen a lot of trouble.
In the second period the Sharks earned their first power play of the game about five minutes in. It turned out to be a good one, even though they did not score, with a total of seven shots on net during the two minutes. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov was Colorado’s best penalty killer making a few great saves to keep the 1-0 Colorado lead.
Immediately after that eventful kill the Avalanche then widened their lead when Ryan O’ Reilly scored on a tip in from a pass that came from boards. That put them ahead 2-0.
Later on, with 39 seconds left in the period the Sharks score a huge goal and got on the board when Patrick Marleau deflected a shot from Ryan Braun passed the screened Varlamov. Credit Pavelski for doing the dirty work in front on the screen. The Avalanche too the 2-1 lead into the dressing rooms after 40 minutes of play.
Colorado came out strong at the beginning of the third period pretty much forcing San Jose to play in their own end for the first few minutes of play although nothing really came out of it.
San Jose was given a golden opportunity with about 11 minutes left in the game with their fifth power play chance of the game. Unfortunately they were unable to capitalize on the chance.
However, later on, with three and a half minutes left in the game Logan Couture fires a rocket by Varlamov off a one timer on a pass from Thornton. Thornton did a great job intercepting a pass on the boards and then finding the open Couture. That goal ended up sending this game into yet another overtime for the Sharks.
In the overtime period things opened up in a major way with both teams getting golden scoring chances and speed being the name of the game in order to obtain them.
Then, with time ticking down Matt Duchene scores his second goal of the game as San Jose was scrambling around in front of their own net. The goal ended up coming with 0.4 seconds left in overtime and was confirmed after a video review. The Avalanche won 3-2 in overtime.
My 3 Stars
1. Matt Duchene (2 goals)
2. P.A. Parenteau (2 assists)
3. Logan Couture (game tying goal)