One Point Win Keeps San Jose Hot During Shoot Out, Beat Avalanche 2-1

Posted: March 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

What’s up sports fans? It’s winter time, but you wouldn’t know it because were in the middle of a heat wave. The center of that heat wave is in San Jose with your San Jose Sharks. The Sharks continue to find a way to get past the competition. It sounds crazy but the Sharks began the game being out played by Colorado, but the Sharks continue to show resiliency and out gun the Avalanche during a shoot out to take a 2-1 win at home. The sheriff at the O.K. Corral was Ryan Clowe. Clowe sent a shot passed Brian Elliot for the win, and really surprised Colorado with the effort they put forth.

The game went back and forth and neither team could score until Erik Johnson scored on a power-play goal due to a holding call penalty which sent Nicklas Wallin to the penalty box, it gave Johnson the opportunity. “The hockey gods just aren’t with us right now,” center Matt Duchene said. “It’s frustrating. It’s almost laughable at this point. We work that hard, we play that well, with a team with that much offense, with so many guys having great seasons, we hold them to no goals with 4 minutes left and they find some way to score. It’s pretty frustrating.” What Matt said is true. If you’d watched the game you probably would’ve thought the Sharks weren’t going to be able to get out of this one, but to force a shoot out and get the win is incredible.

San Jose went 57 minutes without a score, which made any viewer believe San Jose’s win streak is about to come to an end. The Avalanche had the Erik Johnson score, combined that with Colorado’s goalie Brian Elliot with 34 saves it looked bad for San Jose. San Jose found a way to get the win, beginning with Joe Thorton. With 2:58 left in regulation Joe slapped in a shot which tied the game, which set up the shoot out showdown.“Of course it’s frustrating,” coach Joe Sacco said. “You’re playing one of the better teams in the conference. You shut them down for the majority of the game. They still had some good chances, their goaltender made some good saves, but at the end of the day we didn’t get the job done.” San Jose has won 16 of the last 19 games. After a successful road trip, it was tricky for them, but they battled back and only allowed 19 shots which Antii Niemi defended brilliantly.

“We challenged our big guys between periods that they have to step up a little bit and lead,” coach Todd McLellan said. “Jumbo ended up getting the tying goal. It took that long. We told them the rule-maker allows us 60 minutes to find one at least. We used almost the full 60. It was nice to see them step up.” The Sharks have won 7 in a row and stay in first place in the Pacific Western Division, with Antti Niemi signing a 4 year contract extension worth $15.2 million dollars, and look to go 8 in row against a very good first place Central Division Red Wings team, that is looking to avenge their loss to San Jose in February. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


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