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Havlat's Hattie
Hertl returns and Havlat leads Sharks
4/11/14 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks wrapped up the second to the last day of the season by treating the home crowd to an entertaining 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night at SAP Center. The home crowd was energized by the return of Czech rookie Tomas Hertl, who has missed the last 45 games after suffering a knee injury in Los Angeles. The crowd left buzzing after the Sharks other Czech, Martin Havlat, recorded his first hat-trick in 9 years to pace San Jose.

* Hertl's return was a bit of a surprise, as no formal time table on a return had been announced by the Sharks. Hertl had the game Friday night and Saturday night's regular season finale in Phoenix on Saturday night to get back into the swing of things. He was held off the score sheet, but his presence was felt from the opening faceoff.

* Havlat turned into the scoring machine that everyone envisioned after his acquisition from the Minnesota Wild for Dany Heatley, at least for one game. The often injured forward turned a close 2-1 game into a 5-1 laugher with three goals in the 3rd period.

* Havlat was credited with his 10th goal of the season 5:26 into the 3rd period after Log Couture weaved through traffic from the right side before uncorking a shot from the slot. Havlat deflected Couture's shot while parked in front of the right post.

* Bracken Kearns helped setup Havlat's 2nd of the evening by pushing a puck up through the neutral zone, creating a breakaway chance. Havlat raced on Jean-Sebastien Giguere, bouncing a shot off the goaltender. The rebound bounced right back to Havlat for the put back chance that found twine.

* With a three-goal deficit and 6 minutes to play, Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy pulled Giguere for an extra attacker, which did nothing more than simplify Havlat's quest for his natural hat trick. Couture did the heavy lifting, vaulting himself to glove a deflected puck in the Sharks zone before feeding Havlat up the left wing. Havlat simply whipped the puck into the empty net for his first trifecta as a Shark.

* Giguere was in net for Colorado as a replacement for rookie goaltender Reto Berra, who was yanked by Roy after surrendering two goals on 5 shots to start the game.

* Dan Boyle opened the game's scoring 3 minutes into the contest by whipping a shot from the right wing that clanked off the left post and into the Colorado net. San Jose had worked the puck into the Avalanche zone before Joe Thornton whipped a pass that deflected off the end boards, winding around to Boyle on the right side.

* Patrick Marleau gave San Jose a 2-0 lead 7 minutes after Boyle's goal by winding up for a big slap shot from the slot. Havlat setup Marleau with a drop pass at the blueline as Marleau raced up the middle of the ice. There was little Berra could do on the blast, but Roy was not very inspired by his netminder's play.

* The Avalanche cut the Sharks lead to 2-1 late in the 2nd period when Patrick Bordeleau deposited a deflection past Alex Stalock for his 6th of the season. Maxime Talbot tried putting a puck on net, but Matt Irwin slid in front of the shot, changing the trajectory of the shot. Bordeleau was floating on the far side, and easily pumped home the redirect.

* Jason Demers laid out Tyson Barrie with an open-ice hit in the Sharks zone that buckled the Avalanche defenseman. Barrie stumbled to the bench and took a pair of shifts after getting leveled, but he did not return from the locker room to start the 3rd period.

* Joe Pavelski was named Sharks Player of the Year before the game. Hertl and Mattt Nieto were named Co-Rookies of the Year. Pavelski added an award for Fan Favorite, displacing Marleau who had been the perennial winner of the award.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
COL 0 1 0 1
SJ 2 0 3 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Boyle 12 (Thornton, Burns), 3:01. 2, SJ, Marleau 33 (Havlat, Couture), 10:11
2nd period - 3, COL, Bordeleau 6 (Talbot, O'Reilly), 15:18.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Havlat 10 (Couture, Marleau), 5:26. 5, SJ, Havlat 11 (Kearns, Desjardins), 13:40. 6, SJ, Havlat 12 (Couture), 15:04, (en).
Penalties
1st period - Pavelski, SJ (tripping), 6:13; Johnson, COL (holding), 19:29.
2nd period - Parenteau, COL (high sticking), 15:35.
3rd period - Bordeleau, COL (10 min misconduct), 18:49; Hertl, SJ (boarding), 18:49.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
COL - Berra 5 3
COL - Giguere 24 22
COL - empty net 1 0
SJ - Stalock 33 32
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
COL 11 11 11 33
SJ 7 11 12 30
Power Play Conversion
COL 0 of 2
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Havlat
Alex Stalock
Logan Couture
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Martell, Sutherland. Linesmen: Sharrers, Murray.
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