Series Update – The San Jose Sharks took their place in the Western Conference Final with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 on Wednesday night.
Sharks’ captain Joe Pavelski returned from the bloody concussion he suffered in Game 7 of the first round against the Vegas Golden Knights by posting a goal and an assist in the first period.
Tomas Hertl scored the second goal for the Sharks, with Joonas Donskoi ending a 39-game goal drought to add what proved to be the decisive third goal. Martin Jones made 27 saves for San Jose, with 14 of them coming in the third period.
Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Jost scored for the Avalanche, with Philipp Grubauer making 24 saves.
San Jose Sharks will now play the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final, with Game 1 taking place on this Saturday night (May 11) in San Jose.
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Game 7 Update – The Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in overtime on Monday night to force a decisive Game 7 in their NBA Playoff Western Conference semifinal series.
Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog scored 2:32 into overtime to ensure the series goes to the wire.
J.T. Compher had two goals and an assist for the Avalanche, while Tyson Jost added another. Philipp Grubauer made 19 saves for the Avs.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored twice and Brent Burns added another for the Sharks. Erik Karlsson had his 12th assist of the 2019 postseason. Matt Jones made 22 saves for the Sharks.
Sharks’ captain Joe Pavelski is now day-to-day in his attempt to return, as he went through drills Monday morning at Pepsi Center.
Game 7 is on Wednesday night in San Jose, with the winner playing either the Dallas Stars or St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final.
Game 6 Update – The San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference second round playoff on Saturday night, to move 3-2 ahead in the series and leave them one win away from securing a place in the Conference Final.
Tomas Hertl scored twice for the Sharks as they rallied from going a goal down in the first to claim the victory. Goalie Martin Jones made 21 saves, including twice stopping Tyson Barrie at point-blank range.
Tyson Jost had given the Avalanche the lead, with Philipp Grubauer making 37 saves as the Sharks controlled the play throughout the majority of the game.
The Sharks’ injured captain Joe Pavelski is getting closer to a return after suffering a bloody concussion in Game 7 of the first round against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Game 6 moves back to Colorado on Monday night.
Game 5 Update – The Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 3-0 on Thursday night to tie up the Western Conference semifinal NHL Playoff 2nd round series at two games apiece.
Nathan MacKinnon, Colin Wilson and Erik Johnson scored for the Avs, while Philipp Grubauer stopped 32 shots for his first career playoff shutout.
Mikko Rantanen registered two assists for the Avalanche, while MacKinnon now has at least a point in eight straight games.
Martin Jones finished with 25 save for the San Jose Sharks.
On a positive note for the Sharks, their captain Joe Pavelski has returned to skating having not played since Game 7 of the Vegas Golden Knights series when his helmet slammed to the ice.
Game 5 is scheduled for Saturday night in San Jose.
Game 4 Update – The San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.
Logan Couture recorded his first career playoff hat trick for the Sharks, including the decisive go-ahead goal with 7:10 remaining. Timo Meier also scored for the Sharks. Martin Jones stopped 25 shots.
Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Nieto scored the goals for the Avs as they rebounded from a 2-0 first-period deficit to level the scores. Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves for Colorado.
Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Calvert was out with an upper-body injury
Game 4 will be on Thursday in Denver.
Game 3 Update – The Colorado Avalanche rallied to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday to tie the second-round series at one game apiece.
With the Avs trailing in the second period, coach Jared Bednar put his three top scorers – Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon – back on a line together to transform the game.
Landeskog, Tyson Barrie, former Shark Matt Nieto and MacKinnon scored the goals for Colorado. Philipp Grubauer made 31 saves.
Evander Kane gave the Sharks the early advantage and there were two goals from Brett Burns. Martin Jones made 28 saves.
Game 3 is on Tuesday night in Denver.
Game 2 Update – The San Jose Sharks had a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of their Western Conference second round playoff on Friday night.
Having trailed 2-1, a three-goal burst in the second period turned the game for the Sharks.
Gustav Nyquist, Joe Thornton, Kevin Labanc, Brent Burns and Timo Meier scored the goals for San Jose, with Martin Jones making 26 saves. Burns also provided three assists.
Gabriel Bourque and Colin Wilson scored for the Avalanche, while Philipp Grubauer made 22 stops.
Sharks’ captain Joe Pavelski was sidelined with concussion from the deciding game against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Game 2 of the series is Sunday in San Jose.
The San Jose Sharks will have the home-ice advantage against Colorado Avalanche in the second round playoffs in the Western Conference.
The Sharks defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in the first round, while the Avalanche defeated the Calgary Flames 5-1 in Game 5 on Friday to win the series 4-1.
The Sharks finished second in the Pacific Division, with the Avs claiming the second wild card from the Western Conference. Over the regular season the Sharks were 3-0 against the Avalanche.
Martin Jones allowed 13 goals on 80 shots in first round playoff Games 1-4 and was pulled twice. However, he rallied to make 122 saves on 129 shots (.946 save percentage) with San Jose facing elimination in Games 5-7. For the Avs, Philipp Grubauer was 4-1 with a 1.90 goals-against average and .939 save percentage against the Flames.
The Sharks are 8-for-34 on the power play in the NHL playoffs so far and have allowed two shorthanded goals. The Avalanche were 5-for-25 on the power play in the first round.
The Sharks’ captain Pavelski left Game 7 with an undisclosed injury and his status for Game 1 is unknown. Forward Michael Haley has missed four games with a lower-body injury.
For the Avs, defenseman Girard has missed three games with an upper-body injury, but did practice this week.
San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche Lines & Prediction
As to our NHL predictions for this series, the home-ice advantage could potentially be the decisive factor for the Sharks, particularly if they can get off to a winning start.
The Sharks already had the better of the Avs over the regular season, so they are the tips to back once the line on the series becomes available. The odds on a 4-2 series win could be worth backing.