Colorado Avalanche Fall To San Jose Sharks, 4-1

The Colorado Avalanche fell to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

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Avalanche Vs. Sharks Final Score: San Jose Defeats Colorado, 4-1

The San Jose Sharks brought a relatively comfortable 3-1 lead into the third period on Sunday night and the Colorado Avalanche were unable to mount a comeback. The third's lone goal was an empty-netter scored by Patrick Marleau; the goal completed a hat trick for Marleau.

Unofficially, the Avs out-shot San Jose 37-17 on the night and had 14 shots in each of the last two periods, but they couldn't solve Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss. Matt Duchene was responsible for Colorado's lone goal, which came in the game's first ten minutes.

With the defeat, Colorado falls to 9-11-1 on the season. They will return to action on Wednesday night when they host the Vancouver Canucks.

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Avalanche Vs. Sharks Score Update: San Jose Leads 3-1 After 2 Periods

The Colorado Avlanche have a 23-15 edge in shots on goal through two periods, but it is the San Jose Sharks who have done most of the scoring. After playing to a 1-1 tie at the end of the first period, the Sharks pulled ahead with a two-goal outburst in the second and lead the game 3-1.

Patrick Marleau got things started his second goal of the night, which occurred a little over seven-and-a-half minutes into the second period. Joe Pavelski lit the lamp for the Sharks about nine minutes after that.

San Jose has the edge in the faceoff circle so far tonight, while Colorado has out-hit the Sharks. The teams are a combined 0-5 on the power play.

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Avalanche Vs. Sharks: Colorado Continues Homestand As San Jose Rolls Into Town

The Colorado Avalanche dominated the slumping Dallas Stars on Friday night to open this homestand, but the opposition is about to become much tougher for the remaining seven games.

Sunday's game at Pepsi Center features the San Jose Sharks, who have quietly been the most impressive team in the Western Conference this season. Despite playing only 17 games so far this year (least in the West) they have the Conference's best goal differential at +11 and lead the Pacific Division with 23 points and an 11-5-1 record. 

New acquisitions Martin Havlat and Brent Burns good for the Sharks, but their stars have been electric. Joe Pavelski leads the team with 10 goals and 18 total points. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Logan Couture all have at least five goals on the season. In net, Antti Neimi has been okay (2.52 GAA) but has really been saved by his team's offense.

The Avalanche will likely start Jean-Sebastien Giguere for the third straight game,according to the Denver Post.. Giguere has allowed only one goal in the past two games and, given Semyon Varlamov's struggles the past few games, makes sense as the starter for now. 

Puck drops at 6:00 p.m. MDT from Pepsi Center.

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Avalanche Vs. Stars Recap: Avs Cruise To 3-0 Victory

The Colorado Avalanche are back in the win column thanks to a 3-0 victory over the Dallas Stars. The Avalanche, losers of seven of their past eight, controlled the game all night on Friday, outshooting the Stars by 20. The game winning goal came in the first period courtesy of Chuck Kobasew, who netted his third of the season on assists from Ryan Wilson and T.J. Galiardi.

After a scoreless second period, the Avs extended their lead for good in the third. The first goal in the final frame came from Paul Stastny on a power play, his sixth of the year. The icing on the cake came with five seconds to go and with the Dallas net empty, as Matt Duchene tallied his eighth goal of the season.

The shoutout for Avs goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere was his first of the season, his first as a member of the Avalanche and the 35th of his career. Colorado (9-10-1) will look to keep the winning rolling on Sunday when they host the San Jose Sharks.

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Avalanche Vs. Stars Score Update: Avs Hold Score At 1-0 After Two

The Avalanche kept firing away at Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen in the second period on Friday night, but they came up empty on the scoreboard. The Avs' 17 shots in the second period brought their total through two periods to 33, more than double the total for the Stars, but that advantage isn't exactly reflected in the score, as Colorado exited the second period with a slim one goal lead.

The Stars, for their part, picked up their play in the second, after putting only four shots on net in the first period. They didn't manage to put any of their 11 second period shots past Avs goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere, but the uptick in shots alone indicates that the Avalanche will likely at least be tested in the third period as Dallas tries to make up the difference.

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Avalanche Vs. Stars Score Update: Avs Lead 1-0 After Commanding First Period

The Colorado Avalanche got off to a solid start on Friday night as they look to beat the Dallas Stars for the first time this season. The Avs took a 1-0 lead with 14 minutes left to play on Chuck Kobasew's third goal of the season, which came on assists from Ryan Wilson and T.J. Galiardi. Aside from the scoreboard, the Avs all but dominated the first period against the slumping Stars, putting 16 goals on net to Dallas' measly four.

The Stars are coming off of a 6-0 defeat to the Florida Panthers, which was their third loss in a row. The Avs are also on a three game slide, which is part of a bigger losing streak that encompasses seven of their last eight games. Colorado currently sits eight points back in its division, and tonight's first period is a step in the direction of getting back in the win column.

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Avalanche Vs. Stars: Colorado Begins Season-Long Homestand

The Colorado Avalanche lost yet another heartbreaking game on Thursday night, and fell to a dismal 0-5 divisional record. They know have an 8-10-1 record after starting the season 6-1. That's the bad news.

Here's the good news: Colorado begins a season-long eight game homestand at Pepsi Center on Friday night against the Dallas Stars. This is easily the longest homestand of the season, and it couldn't come at a better time. Earn 10-12 points at home, and this long slump will all be forgotten.

(Of course the flip side of that coin is that a bad homestand essentially buries the Avalanche by December.)

In case you had forgotten the last time these two teams met, Matt Duchene scored his first career hat trick in a 7-6 overtime loss. It may be tough to top that early season game this time around, but a desperate Colorado team on home ice may make all the difference.

Oh, and Dallas? They're still the big surprise in the league this season. Kari Lehtonen is one of the elite goaltenders in the league, Sheldon Souray is playing like an All-Star defenseman, and Loui Erikson is one of the league's goal scoring leaders. That being said, they have lost their last three games in convincing fashion -- outscored by a 14-3 margin -- and are coming into town off a 6-0 shellacking at the hands of the Florida Panthers. There will be two desperate teams on the ice on Friday night.

Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. MDT.

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Avalanche Vs. Wild Final Score: Minnesota Wins 1-0 On Late Goal

The Colorado Avalanche never trailed until the last two minutes, but the result was typical for them lately: a disappointing defeat. This time at the hands of the Minnesota Wild, the Avalanche lost 1-0 on Thursday night in Saint Paul. It's their eighth loss in 11 games, and puts them at 8-10-1 on the year.

Once in first place early in the year, Colorado is now only a half-game out of last place in the Northwest division after the loss. It's probably not what Avalanche fans expected after the team got off to such a strong start. Thursday's game was tied until the final few minutes. Devin Setoguchi scored his sixth goal of the season with just two-and-a-half minutes left, breaking the scoreless tie to put Minnesota up.

It was an impressive performance by Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, who was 29-for-29 on saves to complete his second shutout of the season. Minnesota is now 11-5-3 on the year, a surprising contender so far this season.

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Avalanche Vs. Wild Score Update: Game Is Still Scoreless After Two Periods

We're two periods through Thursday night's game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild, but the fans at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul still haven't been treated to a goal yet. The Avalanche are in desperate need of a victory, as they've lost eight of their past ten games.

The Avalanche were able to hold a significant shots-on-goal advantage in the second period, out-shooting the Wild 13-5, but they were unable to get the puck past Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom. Backstrom is now 19-for-19 on saves so far as he eyes his second shutout of the season.

Minnesota mustered only five shots against Colorado in the second period, with Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere getting his hands on all five. He's a perfect 13-for-13 on saves and is looking for the first shutout of his season.

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Avalanche Vs. Wild Score Update: Colorado And Minnesota Scoreless After 1 Period

It's a big division game for the Avalanche, who are trying to right the ship and get back into contention in the Northwest. A win at first place Minnesota  would certainly be a good place to start.

Through the first 20 minutes, neither team has managed to score. Unofficially, the Wild hold an 8-6 edge in shots on net. Both teams were called for a penalty in the opening period, and the Avalanche will begin the second period with 1:34 seconds of power play time. Minnesota defenseman Clayton Stoner was sent to the box for a tripping penalty with 26 seconds remaining in the first period.

Minnesota has an 11-8 edge in the faceoff circle, while Colorado has out-hit the Wild 6-1.

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Avalanche Vs. Wild: Colorado Looks To End Division Skid In Minnesota

The Colorado Avalanche have been mired in a serious slump the past two weeks and have watched their early season road success completely evaporate to a 8-9-1 record. New captain Milan Hejduk believes this Avalanche team is better than their record -- and he may be right -- but inconsistent defensive efforts and mediocre play from goalie Semyon Varlamov have played an integral part in their recent struggles.

Another warning sign is their record in divisional play, where the Avalanche are still winless in four attempts. They have their first shot at the Northwest Division leading Minnesota Wild Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild rebuilt their roster this offseason, making several trades with the San Jose Sharks to bring in Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley to supplement one of the league's worst offenses last season. That duo has scored 10 of the team's 40 goals this year, though the Wild have been led by the ageless Matt Cullen, 35, who has a team-high eight goals.

The Wild's hallmarks of stout defense and quality goaltending still remain, even with the trade of top defenseman Brent Burns to the Sharks. Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding have been exceptional in net, combining for a 2.02 GAA and a .936 SV%. 

Colorado will start Jean-Sebastien Giguere in net against Minnesota. With Varlamov's recent struggles, it's not a surprising move.

Puck drops at 6:00 p.m. MDT.

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Avalanche Vs. Penguins Final Score: Colorado Collapses In 3rd Period, Loses To Pittsburgh, 6-3

After a strong 20 minutes to start the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Colorado Avalanche saw a 3-1 lead turn into a 6-3 loss on Tuesday night. The Penguins scored four goals in the third period to come back from a one-goal deficit.

It didn't take long for the game to be tied in the third period, as Brooks Orpik recorded his first goal of the season when he deflected a shot into the net. Over three minutes later, Evgeni Malkin put the Penguins in the lead, 4-3, and then around three minutes later (again) James Neal scored a power play goal, the only one in six tries by the team. And to complete the triple three, Kris Letang added the sixth goal midway through the period on a backhander.

Semyon Varlamov wasn't pulled from the game, allowing all six goals on 33 shots. Marc-Andre FLeury stopped 24 of 27 shots, all three goals allowed in the first period.

The Avalanche (8-9-1, 17 points) visit the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

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Avalanche Vs. Penguins Score Update: Pittsburgh Cuts Lead To 3-2 After Two Periods

The Colorado Avalanche are still leading on the road after two periods in Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but their lead has been trimmed to 3-2 after a goal from Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis. Colorado went scoreless in the period after striking for three scores in the first.

The Avalanche once again got some shots against Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, but they weren't able to capitalize during the second period. Dupuis, a right wing, scored his fourth goal of the season near the period's midway point, with Craig Adams and Arron Asham assisting on the play. Colorado's Ryan O'Burne got docked for his second penalty of the night, getting two minutes in the box for interference.

Hanging onto this game would be huge for the Avalanche, who have lost seven of their past nine games after a strong start to the season. The Penguins are hoping to keep pace with the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers in the Atlantic division.

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(VIDEO) Matt Duchene Puts Puck Between Legs, Get Backhanded Goal

If the Colorado Avalanche want to get out of the morass they find themselves in, Matt Duchene is going to need to step up and find his scoring touch. We certainly saw that he still has it when he tallied a hat-trick against the Dallas Stars, though the team lost. And we saw his ability to create shots for goals on Tuesday night when he was able to get one past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury:


Duchene gets the puck from the boards on a pass by Paul Stastny. He then handles the puck through his leg as he crosses in front of the net and backhands it into the net, making Fleury look foolish. The goal put the Avalanche up, 2-0, and they lead, 3-1, in the second period.

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Avalanche Vs. Penguins Score Update: Avs Up 3-1 After 1st Period

Early on in the first, Colorado's Cody McLeod and Pittsburgh's Arron Asham dropped the gloves and went at it.  Towards the midway point of the period, Colorado had to kill off a 5-on-3 penalty situation, and did so successfully. And that was just the start of the action.

The Avalanche and Penguins combined for four goals in the final 5:09 of the period, and three of those belonged to the Avs. Jay McClement got things started with a goal off a redirection, which was followed by a Matt Duchene goal about two and a half minutes later. Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal answered with 1:27 left, and then Colorado's David Jones extended the lead back to two goals with less than 20 seconds to go.

Unofficially, the Avalanche outshot Pittsburgh 12-10.

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Avalanche Vs. Penguins: Colorado Hopes To Continue Eastern Conference Dominance

Colorado puts their 5-0 record against Eastern Conference teams to the test as they visit the East-leading Pittsburgh Penguins.

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