Adam Foote (COL) took an early hooking penalty, but Peter Forsberg (COL) opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal on a feed from Derek Morris to give the Avalanche a 1-0 for the second straight game. Vincent Damphousse (SJ) immediately responded with a one-timer of his own on a pass from Teemu Selanne (SJ) to tie the game at 1-1. Mike Rathje (SJ) gave the Sharks their first lead of the series on a one-time feed from Alyn McCauley. Sharks' Captain Patrick Marleau (SJ) then scored on a breakaway on the ensuing faceoff to extend the Sharks' lead to 3-1.
Dmitry Yuskevich (COL) took a hooking penalty and Alexander Korolyuk (SJ) scored immediately as the penalty expired to give the Sharks a 4-1 lead. Bryan Marchment (COL) took a holding penalty with 6 minutes left in the 1st Period, and Brad Stuart (SJ) fed Teemu Selanne (SJ) at the side of the net for a powerplay goal and 5-1 Sharks lead. David Aebischer (COL) then robbed Dan McGillis on a backhand one-timer attempt, but Brad Stuart (SJ) backhanded a shot past him a few minutes later to extend the Sharks' lead to 6-1. Patrick Marleau (SJ) scored his second goal of the game a few seconds later on a backhand shot to chase Aebischer and give the Sharks a 7-1 lead heading into the 2nd Period. The Sharks outshot the Avalanche 20-2 in the 1st Period and converted on 2/3 powerplays.
Philippe Sauve (COL) managed to keep the Sharks off the scoresheet early in the 2nd Period with a flurry of saves, and Paul Kariya (COL) intercepted a pass and skated in on a breakaway against Evgeni Nabokov. While his first shot was stopped, Kariya retrieved his own rebound and snuck it past Nabokov to pull the Avs to within 7-2 of San Jose. Neither team scored for the remainder of the period.
Lynn Loyn started the 3rd Period scoring with a breakaway goal to extend the Sharks' lead to 8-2. The Sharks then took a penalty when Dan McGillis (SJ) was called for roughing. The Avalanche peppered Evgeni Nabokov with shots, but he denied all of them, maintaining the Sharks' lead. Alexxander Korolyuk (SJ) then scored on a backhanded goal, and Vincent Damphousse (SJ) also broke in for a backhand goal of his own to extend the Sharks ' lead to 10-2. Niko Dimitrakos then fed Alyn McCauley for a one-time goal that gave the Sharks an 11-2 lead and final. The Sharks outshot the Avalanche 37-20 in the contest.
3) Peter Forsberg (COL) Registered 1 Goal, 0 Assists and -3
2) Alexander Korolyuk (SJ) Registered 2 Goals, 1 Assist and +3
1) Patrick Marleau (SJ) Registered 2 Goals, 0 Assists and -3
Colorado Avalanche 2
San Jose Sharks 11
The Sharks registered their highest goal total against Colorado all year with 11 and tie the series at 1-1. Game 3 will take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado and is scheduled to be broadcast on Saturday, June 6th at 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time: