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Painful way to lose
Boyle scores on his own goal in OT
4/18/10 - By Mike Lee -

Losing in overtime is tough. Losing in overtime in the playoffs is tougher. Losing in overtime in the playoffs because you put the puck in your own net is about as bad as it can get, and the Sharks found a way to do it. Dan Boyle will be haunted by his play that ended Game 3 of the Sharks Western Conference Semi-Final match-up with the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on Sunday. Boyle tried wrapping a puck around his own end-boards at the start of overtime, but instead backhanded the puck past Evgeni Nabokov to cap the most painful loss in Sharks history.

San Jose out-shot the Avalanche 51-17, but now face a 2-1 series deficit after the Avalanche stole Sunday’s win on what is arguably the biggest gaff in Sharks history.

Skating near the left corner, Boyle tried heaving the puck as Colorado forward Ryan O’Reilly pressed on the forecheck. O’Reilly was credited with the goal, and Boyle gets to think about what could have been.

The Sharks completely dominated the Avalanche, but Colorado goaltender Craig Anderson stopped everything the Sharks threw at him. This is a goaltender who is making his third career post-season start, and he stopped 50 shots.

The Sharks had more than enough opportunities to take advantage of the Avalanche. San Jose failed to convert on six power play opportunities, including two in the last 6 minutes of regulation.

Failure on the power play could be partially attributed to the absence of Dany Heatley, who was a scratch because of an injury he sustained in Game 2. As is customary in the playoffs, the Sharks were mum on Heatley’s injury, but his 18 regular season power play goals were a glaring omission from the inept special teams put on the ice by San Jose on Sunday.

Both teams traded power plays in the first five minutes of the game. Rookie defenseman Jason Demers was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after veteran Darcy Tucker goaded him into some rough stuff after a whistle. Tucker would make his way to the box two minutes later for elbowing.

Demers would head back to the box for holding the stick right as Tucker’s penalty expired.

Nabokov came up big inside of the nine minute mark with a big kick save on Cody McLeod, after the Avalanche forward took a feed from Ryan O’Reilly on the Sharks doorstep and tried jamming the puck home.

San Jose turned up the heat midway through the 2nd period, cycling the puck in the Colorado zone for an eternity, but they couldn’t get a shot past Anderson . Patrick Marleau whiffed on the Sharks best chance right in front of the Colorado net.

A holding penalty to Ryan Stoa and offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties 8 minutes into the period would put San Jose on the power play for the third time, but San Jose would misfire on the opportunity. Marleau had a slam dunk chance but he missed from 5 feet out.

A strong forecheck gave the Sharks a serious chance at cracking the scoring column, but Anderson would deny San Jose with a series of saves near the 11 minute mark.

Colorado would get out-shot 21-3 in the period, but their second and third shots came within inches of scoring. Nabokov came up big in both instances. First he was knocked to his back and had to reach back across the crease to stop a sure goal from crossing the goal line 15 minutes into the period.

Nabokov would come up huge moments later when TJ Galiardi found himself on a breakaway. The Sharks goaltender stood the Avalanche forward up, brushing the golden scoring chance aside with a kick save on a point-blank shot.

San Jose would put plenty of rubber on Anderson , but the netminder either smothered shots or giving up rebounds that always seemed to land on a Colorado player’s stick.

The Sharks would continue to dominate on the shot counter, but they couldn’t find a way to solve Anderson . Colorado wouldn’t put a shot on net until the 10:15 mark of the period.

Once again Marleau had a point blank shot denied by Anderson after scooping up a rebound in the slot and pumping a shot on goal from 12 feet out.

Kyle Quincey was sent off for cross-checking at 14:13 of the period, giving the Sharks the big man-advantage chance late in the game. The absence of Heatley and his 18 regular season power play goals was a big disadvantage for the Sharks.

Anderson would come up big again, denying the Sharks.

Galiardi would make a mistake with 3:21 remaining in regulation when he checked Devin Setoguchi after an icing whistle. The rookie was sent off for boarding, because the contact is a penalty by rule.

Setoguchi just missed on a rebound chance, but Anderson was in the right place to deny the sweeping shot. San Jose would outshoot Colorado 21-4 in the period.

Game Notes:

Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk was injured in the early minutes of the game when he ran into teammate Paul Stastny as the two tried entering the Sharks zone. Hejduk appeared to injure his jaw, which smashed into Stastny’s shoulder pad when the two collided. He would not return. Stoa was also injured in the 3rd period and did not return.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 0 0 0 0 0
COL 0 0 0 1 1
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - None.
1st Overtime - 1, COL , O’Reilly 1 (unassisted), 0:51.
1st period - Demers, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:43; Tucker, COL (elbowing), 3:59; Demers, SJ (holding the stick), 6:00; bench, COL (too many men), 15:23.
2nd period - McGinn, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:00; Stoa, COL (holding), 8:00; Lilies, COL (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:00; Foote , COL (tripping), 16:18.
3rd period - Quincey, COL (cross checking), 14:13, Galiardi , COL (boarding), 16:39.
1st Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 17 16
COL - Anderson 51 51
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 8 21 21 1 51
COL 9 3 4 1 17
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 6
COL 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Craig Anderson
Ryan O'Reilly
Ryane Clowe
Referees: McCauley, Walkom. Linesmen: Lazarowich, Nowak.
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