Sharks Have Solid Goaltending, Good Power Plays, Win 4-2

The first of two power play goals from Joe Pavelski put the Sharks ahead of the Avalanche, while the second gave them insurance to hold on and win 4-2 in Colorado. Pavelski scored just 1:08 into the second period on a power play after Matt Duchene was called for tripping. Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau set up the calculated shot by "Pavs," to tie the game, while his second shot came courtesy of another Heatley - Marleau assist on a 5-on-3 power play. Kevin Porter got two minutes for holding, while T.J. Galiardi got the third penalty for the Avalanche on a delay of game call. The shot came 8:44 into the second period.

The game had been previously tied at one-all in the first period, with Avalanche defenseman Kyle Cumiskey scoring 14:43 into the frame. Scott Nichol provided the tying goal with only 49 seconds to go in the first off of a Jamal Mayers and John McCarthy assist.

Milan Hejduk brought the Avalanche closer to tying the game with a power play goal in the third period after Dan Boyle went out on a two minute interference penalty. Hejduk made his way to goalie Antero Niittymaki's right side and lightly tapped in the deflected puck with nobody near him 7:25 into the third frame. It was all for naught, though, when Logan Couture got the puck in the empty net after what appeared to be a couple deflections, including one off of a linesman at 18:48 into the final period.

Craig Anderson allowed three goals on thirty-three shots. Niittymaki made twenty-nine saves in thirty-one shots on goal. The Sharks continue their road trip by taking on the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Saturday.

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