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Sharks show perseverance in Game 2 win
Series tied after wild 6-5 win in overtime
4/16/10 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks Western Conference Quarter-Final match-up with the Colorado Avalanche got a little interesting on Friday night. Colorado led five different times throughout Game 2 at HP Pavilion, but the Sharks scratched back each time, sending the game to overtime with a goal with just 31.3 seconds left in regulation. Devin Setoguchi would give San Jose their only lead of the night 5:22 into overtime to send the series to Denver tied.

Setoguchi deflected a Ryane Clowe pass with his back to the Colorado goal, after Colorado defenseman Adam Foote was sent off for interfering with Joe Pavelski in front of the Colorado net. The Sharks were buzzing Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson with the man advantage, when Dan Boyle sent a shot in that kicked to the top of the right circle for Clowe.

Overtime goals in the playoffs are always dramatic, but Setoguchi’s goal took a back seat to the goal that sent the game to overtime. Trailing 5-4 with a minute to play in regulation, the Sharks pulled goaltender Evgeni Nabokov for the extra attacker. Dany Heatley put a shot on net from the high slot that Anderson was able to defend, but the rebound kicked out to Pavelski on the left side. The Sharks forward immediately sent the puck back at the Colorado net, burying a shot for his 1st goal of the series.

Pavelski, Setoguchi and Clowe would combine for 3 goals and 3 assists on the night prompting a question of Sharks head coach Todd McLellan if his 2nd line is still the 2nd line?

McLellan’s response was short and sweet.

“Yup,” quipped McLellan. “You just don’t know what their names are.”

San Jose ’s dramatic ending was made more so because of the setbacks they were forced to overcome on a night that was filled with challenges for the Sharks. The deflection that ended Game 1 was brutally unlucky, but the Sharks topped it by scoring on themselves with a wicked deflection just 70 seconds into the game on Friday night.

Sharks defenseman Rob Blake tried to sweep a puck in front of his own net away from Colorado forward Milan Hejduk. Blake lifted the puck across the slot, hitting defensive partner Marc-EdouardVlasic in the face, redirecting it past Evgeni Nabokov for the 1-0 Colorado lead.

“I thought it was real evident that everyone came out to play tonight,” McLellan said. “We had a little extra in the tank that we didn’t have the other night. We overcame. It is not going to change in Game 3 or Game 4, we are going to have to overcome. ” An interference penalty to Joe Pavelski put the Avalanche on the power play at 5:17. Colorado almost converted when a shot on net was stopped by Nabokov, but the puck dropped flat in the crease. Nabokov was forced to reach back and cover the puck as several sticks filled the crease trying to jam it home.

San Jose had their fair share of chances on the power play, drawing three infractions in the period. A too many men call on Colorado with 2:35 remaining in the period would finally do the trick for San Jose . Manny Malhotra got the sharks on the board by lifting a shot over Anderson from the right side of the Avalanche goal for his 1st tally of the playoffs.

Heatley had missed on a golden opportunity just moments before, drawing Anderson to commit, which forced to the Colorado netminder to reach for a save and fall face down in the crease. Heatley had Anderson dead to rights, but his 12 foot shot clanked off the crossbar.

San Jose would outshoot Colorado 19-6 in the opening period, which would be magnified by the bad goals San Jose was about to give up. Fueled by bad bounces and questionable calls, the Sharks would surrender lead after lead.

The Avalanche opened the 2nd period with a Chris Stewart goal on a fortuitous deflection after the Sharks tried winding the puck around the end boards. The puck caught referee Chris Lee after skidding behind the Colorado net. The puck would deflect to Anderson who spotted Stewart breaking up ice. The netminder would hit him with a pass just outside his own blueline, springing the speedy forward. Stewart skated up ice uncontested and snapped his 2nd goal of the playoffs past Nabokov just 24 seconds into the period.

Rob Blake would tie the game at 3:43 on a blast from the right point. Blake took a feed from Joe Thornton and beat Anderson inside the right post.

The tie would be short lived after Hejduk and Matt Duchene teamed for a Hejduk’s 1st goal of the game 25 seconds later. Duchene carried the puck up left side after entering the zone on what appeared to be an offsides play. He then found a wide-open Hejduk cutting down the slot. Nabokov tried sliding across the crease, but the shot sailed past his left shoulder for a 3-2 Avalanche lead.

Setoguchi knotted things up three minutes later with his 3rd career playoff goal. Clowe started the sequence trying a wrap-around attempt from right to left. Anderson pushed the shot attempt to the outside of the left post where Setoguchi lifted a shot over the fallen goaltender.

Brandon Yip put the Avalanche back on top with 2:30 remaining before the 2nd intermission by jamming a loose puck past Nabokov from the left side. Duchene pushed a shot that hit Yip in the shin pad, but landed at his skates for the point blank shot.

With time winding down in the period, the Sharks capitalized on a clearing attempt that landed on Jed Ortmeyer’s stick in the high slot. Making his Sharks playoff debut, the Sharks forward pivoted around the puck before sending in a shot. Anderson made the save, but the Avalanche failed to pick up Scott Nichol, who slipped past two Colorado defenders and stabbed at the rebound sliding it pas Anderson for the 4th tie of the game.

The Sharks continued to suffer from weak goaltending when Stewart put a 30-foot shot past Nabokov at 5:34 of the 3rd period. Stewart took a cross ice pass from Paul Stastny at the right dot and snapped his 3rd goal of the series past Nabokov, who allowed 5 goals on 22 shots.

A Ryan O’Reilly tripping penalty on Logan Couture put the Sharks on their 5th power play of the night. Joe Thornton jammed at a shot in tight on the ensuing power play and raised his arms to celebrate, but a lengthy review was inconclusive, negating any score.

The Avalanche got a little help from referee Marc Joannette after Devin Setoguchi appeared to knot the game up at 8:28. Setoguchi drove to the net and flipped a shot past Anderson , then dove over the netminder in order to avoid making contact. Joannette ruled that Setoguchi interfered with Anderson , negating the goal and sending the Sharks forward to the box.

Blake would take an interference penalty 1:23 later to give the Avalanche a brief 5-on-3. The Sharks would kill off both penalties, but it consumed precious seconds.

Yip was sent off for slashing at 15:33, to put the Sharks on the power play for the 6th time, but San Jose would squander the opportunity. Even though the Sharks didn’t score on the chance, they would finish the night 2-for-7 on the man-advantage, including Setoguchi’s game winner.

San Jose was in a position to win it in the overtime period after Nabokov saved his bast saves for eh extra session.

“I thought our guys did a very good job of playing through the early goals against and then in overtime he made some great saves,” McLellan added. “It is hard for Nabby because we have four goals against on maybe only 10 or 12 shots against. The first one goes off of someone’s shoulder or face, the second one goes off the referee to the goalie for a breakaway goal, the third one is borderline offside and four and five probably should have been stopped. It is a hard game for him to play in, but he did a real admirable job in overtime of sticking with it when we needed him in overtime.

Game Notes:

Centerman Kevin Porter left the game at the 2nd intermission with an upper body injury. San Jose put 52 shots on Anderson and had another 32 blocked.


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1 2 3 OT T
COL 1 3 1 0 5
SJ 1 3 1 1 6
1st period - 1, COL , Cumisky 1 (unassisted), 1:10. 2, SJ, Malhotra 1 (Boyle), 19:18, (pp).
2nd period - 3, COL , Stewart 2 ( Anderson ), 0:24. 4, SJ, Blake 1 (Thornton, Marleau), 3:43. 5, COL , Hejduk 2 (Duchene, Yip), 4:08. 6, SJ, Setoguchi 1 (Clowe, Pavelski), 7:10. 7, COL , Yip 1 (Duchene), 17:30. 8, SJ, Nichol 1 (Ortmeyer), 19:25.
3rd period - 9, COL , Stewart 3 (Stastny, Wilson), 5:34. 10, Pavelski 1 (Heatley, Thornton), 19:28.
Overtime - 11, SJ, Setoguchi 2 (Clowe, Boyle), 5:22, (pp).
1st period - Pavelski, SJ (interference), 5:17; Cumisky , COL (holding), 7:07; Foote , COL (interference), 11:00; Bench, COL (too many men), 17:25.
2nd period - Stastny , COL (cross checking), 10:49; Blake, SJ (kneeing), 13:35; Foote , COL (roughing), 20:00; Nichol, SJ (roughing), 20:00.
3rd period - O’Reilly, COL (tripping), 5:45; Setoguchi, SJ (goaltender interference), 8:28; Blake, SJ (interference), 9:51; Yip, COL (slashing), 15:33.
Overtime - Foote , COL (interference), 4:28.
Shots Saves
COL - Anderson 52 46
SJ - Nabokov 22 17
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
COL 6 4 8 4 22
SJ 19 10 17 6 52
Power Play Conversion
COL 0 of 4
SJ 2 of 7
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Scott Nichol
Devin Setoguchi
Referees: Joannette, Lee. Linesmen: Cvik, Murray.
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