Sloppy play in the defensive zone and the lack of a consistent offensive attack have forced Colorado into a sizable 3-1 deficit against a very talented San Jose team.
Statistically, San Jose is dominating this game. They have outshot Colorado by a 28-12 margin. The Sharks are applying constant pressure in the Avalanche zone and forcing Colorado players to chase the puck instead of controlling it down the ice. It’s become a dominating performance for the road team.
A pair of rookies will remember this game for the rest of their lives, as Colorado’s Kevin Shattenkirk and San Jose’s Mike Moore both scored their first career goals.
Colorado defenseman Ryan Wilson leads all Avalanche skaters with over 14 minutes of ice time, and is minus 3 to show for his efforts. For the second straight game, the defensive pairing of Wilson and Adam Foote has proven ineffective — not surprising since both players have just returned from significant injuries.