The Colorado Avalanche want to start the final road trip of their regular season on a good note when they visit the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.
It’s the seventh meeting of the season between the two teams and the third of four meetings between Colorado and San Jose (20-26-5, 45 points) within a week.
The Avalanche (33-12-4, 70 points) led the season 5-1-0, including a two-game sweep of the Sharks in Colorado over the weekend.
The Avalanche had lost three games in a row until they won 3-0 on Friday. This was due, among other things, to the power play goals by Gabriel Landeskog and Cale Makar as well as 21 parades by Philipp Grubauer.
Despite the fact that San Jose (20-26-5, 45 points) came first on Saturday thanks to a goal from rookie Alexander Barabanov, Colorado scored three goals in a row for a 4-3 win.
Although his team got the shutout on Friday, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar was more impressed with Saturday’s efforts, saying he “thought we were more dangerous on the offensive … than in the last game. More jump, better shot mentality, a slightly better web presence.
“Last game we relied on our special teams and (Saturday) I found we were pretty good 5v5. We continued to have success in our breakouts to get ourselves out and move. I thought we got through the neutral zone moves. ” a bit better and created some rush opportunities, and in the (offensive) zone game we started getting good moves. “
The defeats were a blow to San Jose, who had won two games in a row and had hopes of making enough standings in the last two weeks of the season.
“It was unfortunate that we couldn’t get at least one point,” said Sharks head coach Bob Boughner, who left Colorado without a win.
That’s not to say the sharks didn’t fight the avalanche on Saturday. After a 2-1 win in the second half, Colorado took a 2-1 lead and beat San Jose 21-4. The Haie certified the young netminder Josef Korenar to keep the game close.
“He was probably our best player for most of the night,” said San Jose captain Logan Couture of Korenar, who made 40 saves. “It could have been way more than four (goals). We made it a game in the end, but I wish we could have helped him a little more.”
Boughner agreed. “I thought (Korenar) made some big saves, especially in the last 10 minutes of the second period … He fights hard and fights hard.”
– Field level media
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