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game recap

Avalanche 6, Sharks 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

Alex Aragon - Staff Writer

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Avalanche 6, Sharks 2
San Jose Sharks 2, Colorado Avalanche 6


DENVER
– Thanks in part to a career-high, five-point effort by Colorado forward Paul Stasny, the San Jose Sharks (1-1-1, 3 pts) fell to the Colorado Avalanche (2-1-0, 4 pts) on Sunday night, 6-2, at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

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Stasny, a former teammate of Matt Carle’s at the University of Denver, scored the eventual game-winning goal and added four assists in the Avalanche victory. Ryane Clowe scored both goals for the Sharks who played their third game in four nights to open the season.

Colorado jumped out to an early lead behind power play goals by Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk. Sakic’s goal at 15:18 came when Jeremy Roenick and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were both whistled for minor penalties on the same play, resulting in a 5-on-3 for the home team.

Roenick was whistled by the back referee for interfering with Jaroslav Hlinka, while Vlasic was called for slashing Hlinka by the referee deep in the Sharks zone. Hejduk’s goal at 17:53 came just 14 seconds after Joe Thornton was penalized for holding Ben Guite, giving the Avalanche the 2-0 lead after one.

The Sharks responded in the second, cutting the Avalanche lead in half at 7:47 of the middle frame. Joe Pavelski, Steve Bernier and Clowe jumpstarted the Sharks offense with a dominating shift that resulted in a rebound goal by Clowe. Head Coach Ron Wilson shuffled his lines, promoting rookie Torrey Mitchell to the top unit with Thornton and Captain Patrick Marleau, but the Sharks were unable to pull even as the period closed, 2-1, in favor of Colorado.

Steve Bernier follows his shot, but it is stopped by Colorado's Peter Budaj. Oct. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Will Powers)
Back-to-back goals by Stasny and Hejduk at 51 seconds and 2:47 of the third respectively, gave the Avalanche a firm grasp of the game. Colorado piled on another pair of goals just 18 seconds apart making it 6-1 and chasing Evgeni Nabokov from the Sharks net.

Nabokov gave way to Dimitri Patzold who made his first career NHL appearance. Patzold turned aside both shots he faced in 11:47 of work.

 
WON’T BACK DOWN
Douglas Murray extended his League-lead in penalty minutes (22), adding five to his total after a bout with Colorado’s Ian Laperriere. Murray challenged Laperriere after taking exception to a hit from the Colorado winger in the early stages of the third. The fight was Murray’s second of the season.

Craig Rivet earned an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the game after rushing to the aid of Milan Michalek. The Sharks winger got involved with Colorado defenseman Jeff Finger in front of the Avalanche cage. Rivet jumped in to make sure Finger did not take any liberties with Michalek, earning the extra minor in the exchange.

 
NOTES
Several Sharks players and the coaching staff attended the Colorado Rockies series-clinching victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field on Saturday night… Alternate Captain Mike Grier had a conundrum today. His father Bobby is the Associate Director of Pro Scouting for the Houston Texans. Grier’s brother Chris is the Director of College Scouting for the Miami Dolphins. The two teams played today in a spirited affair that was decided on a last-second Texans field goal... Former Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan, who signed with Colorado as a free agent this past offseason, met with several Sharks staffers and media prior to the game.

LINEUP
Marleau – Thornton – Cheechoo
Michalek – Mitchell – Roenick
Clowe – Pavelski – Bernier
Rissmiller – Goc – Grier

Vlasic – Murray
Carle – Rivet
McLaren – Ehrhoff

Nabokov – Patzold

NEXT GAME
The Sharks conclude their season opening four-game road trip on Wednesday night in Chicago against the Blackhawks. Game time is set for 5:30 PM (Pacific) and the game will be broadcast on FSN Bay Area, KFOX 98.5 FM, Sharks Radio Network Affiliates and SJSHARKS.com.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:18
COL
PPG - Joe Sakic (1) ASST: Paul Stastny (1), John-Michael Liles (1)
1 - 0 COL
17:53
COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (1) ASST: Joe Sakic (1), Paul Stastny (2)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
07:47
SJS
Ryane Clowe (1) ASST: Joe Pavelski (1), Christian Ehrhoff (2)
2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
00:51
COL
Paul Stastny (4) ASST: Milan Hejduk (1), Jordan Leopold (1)
3 - 1 COL
02:47
COL
Milan Hejduk (2) ASST: Ryan Smyth (1), Paul Stastny (3)
4 - 1 COL
07:48
COL
Marek Svatos (1) ASST: Jeff Finger (1), Tyler Arnason (2)
5 - 1 COL
08:06
COL
Ryan Smyth (1) ASST: Paul Stastny (4)
6 - 1 COL
17:53
SJS
PPG - Ryane Clowe (2) ASST: Steve Bernier (1), Matthew Carle (1)
6 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:12
COL
Milan Hejduk  Hi stick - double minor against  Milan Michalek
07:15
SJS
Joe Pavelski  Slashing against  Jaroslav Hlinka
14:55
SJS
Jeremy Roenick  Interference against  Jaroslav Hlinka
14:55
SJS
Marc-Edouard Vlasic  Hooking against  Jaroslav Hlinka
17:39
SJS
Joe Thornton  Holding against  Ben Guite
2nd Period
01:56
SJS
Marc-Edouard Vlasic  Cross checking against  Ryan Smyth
02:29
COL
John-Michael Liles  Interference against  Kyle McLaren
04:21
SJS
Jeremy Roenick  Too many men/ice - bench
11:14
COL
Jordan Leopold  Slashing against  Ryane Clowe
3rd Period
04:08
SJS
Douglas Murray  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
04:08
COL
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Douglas Murray
09:03
COL
Wyatt Smith  Hi-sticking against  Joe Pavelski
11:04
COL
Ryan Smyth  Hooking against  Torrey Mitchell
13:48
SJS
Craig Rivet  Unsportsmanlike conduct
13:48
SJS
Milan Michalek  Roughing against  Jeff Finger
13:48
COL
Jeff Finger  Roughing against  Milan Michalek
16:05
COL
Marek Svatos  Hooking against  Douglas Murray
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 23TOI: 48:06
Saves: 17EV: 14 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .739SH: 1 - 1
Dimitri Patzold
SA: 2TOI: 11:47
Saves: 2EV: 1 - 1
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .923SH: 4 - 4