San Jose Sharks down Colorado Avalanche in a shootout, 3-2.


Oct 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller (41) and Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) battle for control of the puck in the second period against at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche were outplayed all night until the third period where they played with fire and intensity – looking to collect two points and a victory. However, the San Jose Sharks held the Avs’ off in a shootout, collecting the 3-2 win.

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Just like the last few games for the Avalanche, they got off on the wrong foot. San Jose collected the first goal of the game on Mirco Mueller shot from the blue line that was redirected in front of the net by Brent Burns, nabbing his fourth goal of the season.

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Avs’ defenseman Tyson Barrie was called for a two-minute minor for hooking Sharks’ Tommy Wingels which led to power-play opportunity for San Jose. Not only did Colorado kill off the penalty, but Alex Tanguay notched a short-handed goal for the equalizer, tying it up at one apiece.

Jumping ahead to third period action, Colorado was flying all over the place and took the 2-1 lead after captain Gabriel Landeskog shot it past goaltender Antti Niemi. Ryan O’Reilly and Jan Hejda picked up the helpers as Colorado sat in the driver’s seat.

Not so fast said San Jose. Nearly two minutes later, Logan Couture collected his fifth goal of the season, beating Semyon Varlamov who had been excellent all night — stopping 49-of-51 shots.

San Jose and Colorado headed into the overtime period and failed to record a goal, meaning a shootout was upon us.

It was all Sharks in the shootout as Patrick Marleau beat Varlamov five-hole to give San Jose the early 1-0 advantage. After a failed attempt from Alex Tanguay, Joe Pavelski wristed one top-shelf out of the reach of Varlamov which left Colorado down to their last shot. Matt Duchene skated into the zone and tried a backhand on Niemi but he made a fabulous save, earning a victory for the Sharks.

The Colorado Avalanche (2-4-4, 8 points) are back in action Thursday night at home as they take on the New York Islanders. Puck-drop is scheduled for 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST.