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Burns saves Sharks with late goal
SJ picks up two points in Denver with nail biter win
11/1/15 - By Mike Lee -

Back to back games are tough enough, but when those games are matinee affairs on the road, the Sharks had their work cut out for them. Forget the fact that the back end game came against the struggling Colorado Avalanche. San Jose had to dig deep to pull off a win in Denver on Sunday against an Avalanche team that had lost 7 of their first 10 games this season. The Sharks picked an opportune time to suppress the Avalanche, scoring a go-ahead goal with 65 seconds left in regulation to take a 4-3 decision over the host club.

Giving up early leads has been a staple for the Sharks of late, and Jerome Iginla added to their woes by punching home his 4th goal of the season 5:17 into the game. Tomas Hertl setup things for the Avalanche by taking a tripping penalty after chopping down Nathan MacKinnon at the Colorado blueline. Iginla was the benefactor of a deflected pass that landed on his stick as he raced in on net from the right side. The veteran forward napped a shot that beat Martin Jones through the 5-hole for the early 1-0 Avalanche lead.

Joel Ward continued to be the Sharks workhorse on offense, scoring his 7th goal of the season less than 2 minutes later. Patrick Marleau picked MacKinnon's pocket along the left wing boards as the Avalanche tried to move the puck out of their own end. Ward pounced on Marleau's feed at the bottom of the left circle before pumping a shot on net. Goaltender Semyon Varlomov made the save, but Ward gathered the rebound and slipped it around Varlamov on the right side for the tally.

Penalties plagued the Sharks later in the period, then Matt Nieto took a hooking penalty midway through the 2nd period to setup the 4th power play of the afternoon for the Avalanche.

The Sharks turned the tables on Colorado by keeping the puck pinned in the offensive zone, then Brent Burns uncorked a shot from the right point that beat Varlamov to give the Sharks a brief 2-1 lead.

Call it too much jubilation or not enough focus, but regardless, the Avalance answered 21 seconds later when Francois Beauchemin punched home a cross-ice feed from Gabriel Landeskog at 12:24. Landeskog looked as if he was going to uncork a shot from outside the right post, but saw Beauchemin pinching in from his defensive position on the left side. The pass went through the slot for the bang-bang shot that Sharks goaltender Martin Jones had no chance of stopping.

The 3rd period turned into a cat and mouse game as the two teams went into prevent mode. The Sharks were held to 2 shots on goal through the first 16 minutes of the period.

Brent Burns finally broke the tie with 1:39 left in regulation by snapping a shot from the right dot that slipped past Varlamov. Marleau setup the goal by racing up the left side before putting on the breaks and finding a cutting Burns with a pass through the slot. Burns gathered the pass and uncorked his shot as he raced up the right side. Tomas Hertl screened the Colorado goaltender by parking himself at the top of the crease.

Joe Pavelski appeared to cap the game with an empty net goal at 18:40, but the Avalanche scored 15 seconds later.

Martin Jones let a puck slip under his left pad after the puck kicked out of a scrum as the Avalanche converged on the Sharks net. Tyson Barrie dumped the puck in on net from outside the blueline, but the puck hit Jones in the chest, kicking back out to the slot. Cody McLeod was credited with the goal after swiping at the rebound.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 2 4
COL 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, COL, Iginla (Berrie, Soderberg), 5:17, (pp). 2, SJ, Ward 7 (Marleau), 7:00.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Burns 2 (Goodrow, Vlasic), 12:03, (sh). 4, COL, Beauchemin 3 (Landeskog, Duchene), 12:24, (pp).
3rd period - 5, SJ, Burns 3 (Marleau, Hertl), 18:21. 6, SJ, Pavelski 6 (unassisted), 18:49, (en). 7, COL, McLeod 1 (Barrie, Holden), 18:55.
1st period - Hertl, SJ (tripping), 3:43; Brown, SJ (fighting major), 9:52; McLeod, COL (fighting major), 9:52; Martin, SJ (high sticking), 10:57; Soderberg, COL (interference), 11:48; Tierney, SJ (slashing), 12:28.
2nd period - Nieto, SJ (hooking), 11:02; Varlamov, COL (tripping), 17:15.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 26 23
COL - Varlamov 31 28
COL - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 12 13 7 32
COL 10 7 9 26
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 1
COL 2 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Francois Beauchemin
Patrick Marleau
Referees: Skilliter, Walsh. Linesmen: Lazarowich, Cvik.
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