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Overtime 1 second too long for SJ
Duchene beats Sharks with .4 seconds left
3/10/13 - By Mike Lee -

There are tough ways to lose, and then there's Sunday night in Colorado. The Sharks took a punch in the gut by losing on an overtime goal for the second time in 24 hours, but this one hurt more because the goal came as time expired in the extra session. Matt Duchene scored with .4 seconds left after San Jose chased their own tails during the last 30 seconds of the contest. It was simply more of the same fruitless play that has netted little since the team opened the season with a 7-game winning streak.

That streak seems like a lifetime ago. San Jose has gone 4-7-6 since that opening two weeks of the season. Their weekend games were certainly not the remedy they had hoped for. They dropped back to back games by surrendering goals in overtime, and in both cases were overmatched in that extra period.

The Avalanche ran roughshod over San Jose during the 4 minute and 59.6 second span, putting 7 shots on goaltender Antti Niemi. San Jose couldn't clear their own zone during the final minute of play, forcing two icing calls alone in the last 20 seconds. The second icing was followed by an ill-timed faceoff loss that allowed the Avalanche to work the puck to the front of the net, where Duchene beat Joe Pavelski to the puck.

It wasn't clear if Duchene's shot crossed the goal line before time had expired, so an officials review was required before the Pepsi Center crowd erupted in approval with their young star's heroics.

The Sharks penalty kill has been a strong suit for San Jose this season, but Adam Burish's ill-advised interference penalty helped the opposition score against the Sharks special teams unit for the second consecutive game. Matt Duchene put a one-time attempt from the left side past Antti Niemi 6:46 into the game after Burish leveled John Mitchell away from the puck to draw the two minute infraction.

San Jose had a run of three straight power play opportunities in the 2nd period, but failed to convert on any of them. Shane O' Brien's interference penalty allowed the Sharks to put 7 shots on goal, but they couldn't solve Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov.

Colorado countered right after O'Brien's penalty expired, when Ryan O'Reilly deflected an Aaron Palushaj feed to the front of the net past Niemi at 6:58 of the period. Michal Handzus had coverage on O'Reilly, but he couldn't tie up the Avalanche forward's stick, allowing the Colorado to push their lead to two goals.

San Jose went almost 4 minutes without a shot to end the period, which is peculiar for a team that needed scoring to have a chance to scratch their way back into the game.

When they finally did get one headed in Varlamov's direction, it counted. With Joe Pavelski parked in front of Varlamov, Justin Braun fired a shot from the right point that Patrick Marleau tipped past the Avalanche goaltender. The goal was Marleau's 400th career goal, all scored in teal. Marleau became the 30th player in NHL history to score that many goals with the same team.

San Jose tied the game with a goal late, after Joe Thornton stripped Chuck Kobesew along the left wing boards, then shoveled a pass to Logan Couture in the slot for the one time chance that beat Varlamov. The goal allowed San Jose to setup visions of sweeping the season series with Colorado. Those were more visions of grandeur once the overtime period started.

The closest San Jose would come to winning in the extra frame was Marleau skating to a loose puck in the Avalanche zone, but he was forced to dish the puck after he was hauled down near the right circle. Referees don't call penalties in overtime for fear of deciding a game, but by doing so, they influence the outcome. The trip on Marleau should have set the Sharks up with a 4-on-3 power play, but that wouldn't happen.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 0 1 1 0 2
COL 1 1 0 1 3
1st period - 1, COL, Duchene 10 (Parenteau, Landeskog), 6:46, (pp).
2nd period - 2, COL, O'Riley 2 (Palushaj, Mitchell), 6:58. 3, SJ, Marleau 13 (Braun, Clowe), 19:20
3rd period - 4, SJ, Couture 10 (Thornton), 16:35.
Overtime - 5, COL, Duchene 11 (Parenteau, Hejda), 4:59.
1st period - Burish, SJ (interference), 5:46; Gomez, SJ (tripping), 17:02.
2nd period - O'Brien, COL (interference), 4:08; Parenteau, COL (tripping), 7:47; Johnson, COL (slashing), 10:46; Marleau, SJ (interference), 12:38.
3rd period - Wingels, SJ (goaltender interference), 6:31; O'Reilly, COL (interference), 7:00; O'Bryne, COL (interference), 9:06.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 42 39
COL - Varlamov 38 36
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 10 16 9 3 38
COL 15 9 11 7 42
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 5
COL 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Matt Duchene
Semyon Varlamov
Antti Niemi
Referees: LaRue, L'Ecuyer. Linesmen: Shewchyk, Nelson.
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