“Hits and Misses” for Avalance at Sharks 2/19/11

Result Avalanche 0, SHARKS 4

San Jose Sharks Devin Setoguchi scores a goal on Colorado Avalanche goalie Petr Budaj. Photo courtesy of sharks.nhl.com

HITS

Devin Setoguchi – Fans at the Shark Tank were treated to history as Setoguchi recorded his first career Hat-Trick. Setoguchi’s first goal came at 6:29 of the first period on another awesome individual effort as he took a beautiful pass up the seam from Jason Demers, split the Avalanche defense {including newly acquired Erik Johnson}, faked shooting on his forehand and scored on his backhand, passed Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj, to give the Sharks an early 1-0 lead.  At 14:54 of the first period, Setoguchi scored again, this time on the Power Play, as he banged home the puck off an Ian White blue-line slapshot rebound that bounced perfectly off the end-boards to him {Setoguchi}.  Late in the third period at 18:38, Setoguchi got the Hat-Trick when he beat Budaj again on a breakaway after winning a battle for the puck along the boards in the neutral zone.  The goals gave Setoguchi 15 for the season and five in five career games vs. Budaj.

Antti Niemi – Niemi stopped all 25 Avalanche shots for his 12th career shutout and fifth shutout this season.  Niemi was outstanding again, especially in the second period when the Avalanche picked up their intensity and totally outplayed the Sharks.  Luckily for the Sharks, Niemi stood on his head and made sure the Sharks went into the locker-room for intermission with their three goal lead still intact.

Ryane Clowe – Clowe was the only other Sharks player to score tonight.  His Power Play goal at 16:38 of the first period was his 16th goal of the season and came off a broken play.  Clowe attempted to pass the puck over to Logan Couture, who assisted on the goal with Joe Thornton, but an Avalanche defender broke the pass up.  Unfortunately for the Avalanche, the puck deflected back to Clowe and with the puck on his stick tape, Clowe buried the puck home upstairs to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead.

Ian White – In his first game in teal, White registered a point as he assisted on Setoguchi’s Power Play goal, which I still believe was an intentional pass from White and not a shot {watch the replay}.  In addition, White had a very long day as at 5:30 a.m. pacific time {8:30 a.m. eastern}, White was at a Carolina airport to catch a flight out to San Jose to join his new team.

Special Teams – After an 0-for-12 Power Play slump, the Sharks went 2-for-3 tonight with the man advantage and are now 3-for-4 in their last four Power Play attempts.  Even better, the Penalty Killers were a perfect 3-for-3 when short-handed.

MISSES

Scott Nichol Injured – With the Sharks short-handed in the first period, Nichol left the game with what appeared to be a hand injury.  Replays showed that Nichol hit the boards when attempting to put a hit on an Avalanche player and as soon as the whistle blew, Nichol skated right off the ice and into the Sharks locker-room.  No update was given during the game on the severity of the injury.  Hopefully the injury is nothing serious as Nichol is a key player for the Sharks with his hustle and gritty style of play.

2nd Period – This period was not the best 20-minutes of hockey the Sharks have played recently.  The Sharks seemed too complacent with their three goal lead and really let off the gas pedal.  As a result, the Avalanche not only picked up their intensity, but clearly outplayed the Sharks for those 20-minutes.  The Avalanche did everything right that period except score, which the Sharks can thank Niemi for.

MISCELLANEOUS

White was acquired Friday from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a second round selection in the 2012 NHL Draft. In addition, the Sharks sent defenseman Derek Joslin to the Hurricanes in a separate deal.

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

Posted on February 19, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This game update was really worth the waite.Sounds like it was a FANTASTIC game&I have to say @bigjonallred you’re an amazing sports commentator&blogger!

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