This was the fourth meeting of the season between the Sharks (65-1-0) and the Colorado Avalanche (30-30-6). San Jose had won all 3 previous contests.
Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks (Game 16)
In their first meeting of the season, the Sharks hosted the Colorado Avalanche at HP Pavilion in San Jose. The Sharks dominated the 1st period, outshooting the Avalanche 16-4, and received goals from Kyle McLaren (PP), Alexander Korolyuk and Alyn McCauley. Vincent Damphousse and Marco Sturm added goals in the 2nd period to give the Sharks a 5-0 lead. Mike Ricci, Alexander Korolyuk and Marco Sturm added goals in the 3rd period, as well as two goals by Sharks' captain Patrick Marleau, to give the Sharks a 10-0 victory, tying their largest margin of victory of the season until that point (they had previously defeated Philadelphia 11-1).
Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks (Game 26)
For their second meeting of the season, again at HP Pavilion, the Sharks opened the scoring late in the 1st period on a powerplay goal from Marco Sturm. Colorado answered in the 2nd period with a powerplay goal of their own by Paul Kariya to tie the game at 1-1. Alyn McCauley gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead midway through the 3rd period, but Peter Forsberg scored another Colorado powerplay goal to tie the game at 2-2. With under two minutes to go in the game, Scott Thornton scored on a one-time feed from Brad Stuart to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead and eventual victory. The Avalanche outshot the Sharks 26-13 in the game.
San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche (Game 46)
The Avalanche hosted the Sharks in the Pepsi Center in Colorado for their third matchup of the season. Peter Forsberg opened the scoring for Colorado on a powerplay goal, but Scott Thornton for San Jose scored a powerplay goal of his own to even the contest at 1-1. Thornton added another goal late in the 1st to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead, then opened the scoring in the 2nd period with another powerplay goal for a natural hat trick. Patrick Marleau scored to give San Jose a 4-1 lead, but Joe Sakic converted on the powerplay for Colorado to pull to within 4-2 of San Jose. Scott Thornton then scored his season-high fourth goal of the game (PP), and Dan McGillis added another powerplay goal to extend the Sharks' lead to 6-2 going into the 3rd period. Alex Tanguay scored off of the opening faceoff to pull the Avalanche to within 6-3, but Mark Smith for San Jose answered a few minutes later to again extend the lead. Adam Oates scored the final goal of the contest for Colorado, who fell 7-4 to the Sharks despite outshooting San Jose 33-31. San Jose and Colorado scored a season-high seven powerplay goals in the contest, with San Jose going 5/7 (a team high) on the powerplay and Colorado going 2/3.
Tonight's Game: San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche (Game 67)
Tonight's game at the Pepsi Center in Colorado saw Teemu Selanne open the scoring with a powerplay goal for San Jose. Mike Rathje then scored a shorthanded goal for San Jose and Lynn Loyns added a last-minute tally to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead heading into the 2nd period. Marco Sturm scored early into the 2nd period, Patrick Marleau scored back-to-back powerplay goals, and Adam Graves registered his first shorthanded goal of the season to give the Sharks a 7-0 lead before Rob Blake scored for Colorado to end the 2nd period 7-1. Alexander Korolyuk started the 3rd period scoring for San Jose with a powerplay goal and Jonathan Cheecho extended the Sharks' lead to 9-1 before Patrick Marleau completed his hat trick for San Jose. Joe Sakic responded with a goal for Colorado, who fell to the Sharks 10-2. Colorado became the first team to outshoot San Jose for the three consecutive meetings, having outshot the Sharks in this game 33-28.
The Sharks will next travel to Dallas to take on the Stars, whom the Sharks are 3-0 against this season.