Sharks 5 - Avalanche 0, Game Five Scoring Chances

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This was a tough loss for Colorado to take.  According to their fans, this is the kind of game the Avs need to play to win.  Outshot 3-2 and outchanced 2-1 at even strength, the Avs suffered through some terrible luck to lose this one 5-0.  I don't think that Craig Anderson can be expected to post another save percentage below .980 for the rest of the series, so the Sharks are going to have to get lucky to win.

Actually, this was just an extension of the previous three games.  The Sharks were tilting the ice from the drop of the puck and didn't let up until there were five minutes to go.  Anderson's back finally gave out from the weight of the rest of the team and he was chased in the third period.  The interesting part now will be the change in the narrative.  When the Sharks were dominating play and not scoring, journalists decided that it was bad karma, psychological baggage and lingering memories, and Avs' fans said crazier things.  Now that we get a game in which the Avs luck has ran out, what is the new narrative?  Anderson is tired?  Pavelski is the new best player on the Sharks?  Nabokov has turned it around?

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 30155

 

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 2 7 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 7 12 7 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 9 7 2 2 6 0 0 0 1 5 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 18 26 11 19 6 0 0 0 1 7 0 0

 

The Avs were doubled up at evens once again, and the beatdown goes on.  Not much else to say about this one.

 

Team Period Time Note COL Opponent
SJS 1 18:37 4 22 32 41 59 8 16 20 22 27 29 4v5
SJS 1 17:15 4 9 27 41 52 59 3 8 16 20 22 29 5v5
SJS 1 16:14 4 22 25 26 39 41 3 20 21 22 36 64 5v5
COL 1 11:07 4 32 37 40 41 44 4 8 16 20 29 44 5v5
COL 1 5:44 4 9 10 16 40 41 4 15 20 27 39 44 5v5
SJS 1 4:24 18 22 25 27 39 41 3 12 17 19 20 22 5v5
SJS 1 3:05 10 15 18 41 44 59 20 21 36 40 60 64 5v5
SJS 1 2:49 9 10 16 26 41 52 4 15 20 27 39 44 5v5
SJS 1 2:47 9 10 16 26 41 52 4 15 20 27 39 44 5v5
SJS 2 19:19 22 25 26 27 39 41 3 17 19 20 22 27 5v5
COL 2 18:24 4 9 16 40 41 44 4 15 20 27 39 44 5v5
SJS 2 17:00 4 15 18 41 44 55 3 20 21 22 36 64 5v5
SJS 2 13:39 18 22 26 27 39 41 3 20 21 22 36 64 5v5
COL 2 12:43 9 10 16 40 41 52 4 12 17 19 20 44 5v5
SJS 2 11:35 4 15 18 41 44 55 12 15 20 39 40 60 5v5
COL 2 11:09 10 32 37 41 52 59 8 16 20 29 40 60 5v5
SJS 2 9:39 10 18 37 41 52 8 16 20 22 27 29 4v5
SJS 2 9:11 4 9 16 40 41 44 4 15 20 27 39 44 5v5
SJS 2 8:24 10 25 26 39 41 52 3 8 16 20 22 29 5v5
COL 2 7:27 4 32 37 41 44 59 4 17 19 20 36 44 5v5
COL 2 7:06 9 22 26 27 41 55 4 17 19 20 36 44 5v5
SJS 2 6:30 10 16 25 37 41 52 3 8 16 20 22 29 5v5
SJS 2 6:02 10 16 25 37 41 52 8 16 20 29 40 60 5v5
SJS 2 5:17 10 16 37 40 41 52 15 20 27 39 40 60 5v5
SJS 2 4:30 9 10 41 52 55 59 3 20 21 22 36 64 5v5
COL 2 3:20 22 25 26 39 41 44 3 12 17 19 20 22 5v5
COL 2 2:51 15 18 22 32 41 44 3 15 19 20 22 27 5v5
SJS 2 1:31 4 9 16 40 41 52 4 15 20 21 27 44 5v5
COL 3 18:15 16 26 27 39 41 59 8 20 27 40 44 5v4
COL 3 17:44 4 9 10 25 40 41 4 12 20 27 44 5v4
COL 3 14:08 9 10 16 40 41 52 8 16 20 29 40 60 5v5
SJS 3 13:12 10 18 22 37 41 8 12 15 19 20 22 4v5
SJS 3 13:10 10 18 22 37 41 8 12 15 19 20 22 4v5
SJS 3 9:26 4 10 32 40 41 59 3 16 20 22 29 39 5v5
SJS 3 9:24 4 10 32 40 41 59 3 16 20 22 29 39 5v5
SJS 3 8:53 18 22 27 31 37 12 15 19 20 22 60 4v5
SJS 3 6:38 4 15 27 31 39 12 15 19 20 22 60 4v5
SJS 3 6:37 4 15 27 31 39 12 15 19 20 22 60 4v5
COL 3 5:58 31 32 37 44 52 4 8 16 20 29 44 4v5
COL 3 3:12 16 27 31 37 40 44 3 8 15 16 20 22 5v5
COL 3 1:31 4 31 37 44 55 59 4 8 12 20 44 5v4
COL 3 1:16 10 15 16 27 31 40 3 17 20 22 27 5v4
COL 3 1:10 10 15 16 27 31 40 3 17 20 22 27 5v4
COL 3 0:10 10 15 16 27 31 55 4 20 29 39 44 5v4

 

When the game was out of reach and the Sharks were sitting back, the Avs reeled off six straight chances to make it close, but it was 26-12 overall before that stretch.

 

# Player EV PP SH
4 J. LILES 16:42 4 8 1:37 2 0 3:13 0 3
9 M. DUCHENE 14:58 5 6 0:39 1 0 1:00 0 0
10 K. CUMISKEY 15:42 4 10 2:14 4 0 4:06 0 3
15 M. HENDRICKS 7:05 1 3 1:30 3 0 1:12 0 2
16 D. TUCKER 13:28 5 7 2:22 4 0 0:00 0 0
18 S. YELLE 4:52 1 5 0:00 0 0 4:21 0 4
22 S. HANNAN 13:40 3 4 0:00 0 0 5:17 0 4
25 C. STEWART 13:39 1 6 0:44 1 0 0:00 0 0
26 P. STASTNY 12:52 2 6 0:52 1 0 1:39 0 0
27 K. QUINCEY 15:03 2 4 1:44 4 0 2:52 0 3
31 P. BUDAJ 3:46 1 0 2:05 4 0 3:05 1 3
32 K. PORTER 9:48 4 2 0:00 0 0 3:39 1 1
37 R. O'REILLY 12:36 4 3 0:30 1 0 5:14 1 4
39 T. GALIARDI 12:34 1 5 0:47 1 0 3:47 0 2
40 M. SVATOS 10:38 6 5 0:56 3 0 0:00 0 0
41 C. ANDERSON 42:02 10 19 1:26 2 0 7:36 0 4
44 R. WILSON 15:31 6 4 0:30 1 0 1:11 1 0
52 A. FOOTE 15:23 3 9 0:10 0 0 4:43 1 1
55 C. MCLEOD 8:27 1 3 1:43 2 0 0:00 0 0
59 B. YIP 13:33 2 5 1:17 2 0 0:30 0 1

 

During pregame, the Sharks announcers talked about how well Paul Stastny was fairing against Joe Thornton and how well Matt Duchene was playing overall.  I guess they can't talk about the Sharks' domination at even strength when the series is 2-2, but the chances don't lie - the Avs' top two lines have been in trouble for most of this series.  Game five was a little different in that Duchene held up better because he was out against Manny Malhotra and his new linemates Dany Heatley and Logan Couture, rather than Joe Pavelski.  Duchene posted a positive Corsi and his best measure in the Chances department.  Stastny?  Still struggling against top minutes with inferior wingers.  The Avs only have one legitimate top six forward and the Sharks are exploiting those overmatched forwards.

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