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game recap

Sharks 4, Avalanche 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Sharks 4, Avalanche 1
San Jose Sharks 4, Colorado Avalanche 1
Three Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
1st
G: 3Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:43
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
2nd
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 3Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 22:23
Matt Duchene
3rd
Matt Duchene
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:01

DENVER (AP) - Patrick Marleau kept San Jose rolling and Colorado stumbling at home.

Marleau had his first hat trick in two years, Thomas Greiss stopped 36 shots and the Sharks beat the Avalanche 4-1 on Sunday night.

Joe Pavelski also scored and Joe Thornton and Mark-Edouard Vlasic had three assists each for the Sharks, who swept their two-day, two-game road trip.

Marleau played a large part in those wins, totaling five points in the two games.

"He gets a lot of points every year but it's the little things he does that don't show up on the scoresheet," said Vlasic, who got the first assist on all of Marleau's goals. "He gets rewarded tonight with three goals. It's nice to see."

Marleau scored the first two San Jose goals and added an empty-netter with 43 seconds left to notch the fourth hat trick of his career. He nearly got the third goal with six minutes left but couldn't get a clean shot on net.

"I got slashed right at the same time I was shooting," Marleau said.

Matt Duchene had a goal and Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 14 saves for Colorado, which fell to 3-7 on home ice.

"They played a very simple game tonight," Giguere said. "They didn't force anything. They waited on their chances on the power play. They let their goalie make the first save and they were there for the rebounds."

The Sharks controlled the play to start the second period and finally broke through when Marleau redirected a shot by Vlasic with 12:20 left to make it 2-1.

"We've been practicing it," Marleau said of the tip play. "He's doing good at knowing the right time to get it on net and when to shoot it off the side of the net."

Colorado pressed for the equalizer, outshooting the Sharks 9-1 over the next nine minutes, but San Jose struck again. Pavelski one-timed Thornton's pass from behind the net to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead with 3:13 left in the second. It was Pavelski's 11th goal of the season.

The Avalanche turned up their offense in the third, outshooting the Sharks 13-3 in the frame but failing to solve Greiss.

"Goalie played well," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "Not a lot of garbage laying around. That's why we feel good about Thomas because he can pitch those games."

The Avalanche had a 37-18 shot advantage in the game.

"We played a decent game, had all kinds of shots, we're just not scoring goals," Avalanche captain Milan Hejduk said. "We had 10 minutes in the second period when they outplayed us. We gave them too many power plays."

The Sharks had six power-play chances to Colorado's one.

"We take some unnecessary penalties. It takes away the momentum from you," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. "You're taking away your best players' opportunities on the ice. You can't give that type of team that many power plays."

The Sharks were on their sixth power play when the Avalanche pulled Giguere with a little more than a minute left for an extra attacker. Marleau scored into the empty net to finish the hat trick. He has nine goals this season.

Colorado took a 1-0 lead on Matt Duchene's team-leading ninth goal of the season with 12:35 left in the first. Duchene took a pass from Ryan Wilson and roofed a shot from the slot.

"Willie came in from the point and I hit him, he made an unbelievable pass back to me," Duchene said. "I think he faked out everybody in the rink with that pass. It was a great play."

Marleau tied it with 7:44 left in the first period when he poked in a Vlasic rebound one second after the Avalanche killed off Kyle Quincey's tripping minor.

Notes: Vlasic recorded his second three-assist game in four days. He also had three against Detroit on Thursday. ... Avalanche D Shane O'Brien played in his 400th NHL game Sunday. ... Giguere entered Sunday second in goals-against average (1.68) and sixth in save percentage (.934). ... San Jose improved to 7-2 on the road.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:25
COL
Matt Duchene (9) ASST: Ryan Wilson (11), Gabriel Landeskog (5)
1 - 0 COL
12:16
SJS
Patrick Marleau (7) ASST: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (7), Joe Thornton (13)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:35
SJS
Patrick Marleau (8) ASST: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (8), Ryane Clowe (9)
2 - 1 SJS
16:47
SJS
Joe Pavelski (11) ASST: Joe Thornton (14), Logan Couture (7)
3 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
19:17
SJS
PPG - EN - Patrick Marleau (9) ASST: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (9), Joe Thornton (15)
4 - 1 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
10:15
COL
Kyle Quincey  Tripping against  Joe Pavelski
19:14
COL
Gabriel Landeskog  Interference on goalkeeper against  Thomas Greiss
2nd Period
01:50
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:38
SJS
Dan Boyle  Interference against  Milan Hejduk
19:25
COL
Chuck Kobasew  Interference against  Torrey Mitchell
3rd Period
12:10
COL
Brandon Yip  Hi-sticking against  Jamie McGinn
17:30
COL
Erik Johnson  Interference against  Jamie McGinn
17:30
COL
Shane O'Brien  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Thomas Greiss
SA: 37TOI: 59:45
Saves: 36EV: 30 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .973SH: 3 - 3
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
4-3-0
SA: 17TOI: 59:33
Saves: 14EV: 10 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .824SH: 1 - 1