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Video: Avs chase Sharks’ Niemi, MacKinnon takes rookie lead

Jan 4, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

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Update: The Colorado Avalanche took advantage of the second period outburst noted below to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Saturday, extending their winning streak to three games. In the process, Nathan MacKinnon collected two goals to give him the 2013-14 rookie scoring lead.

(MacKinnon now has 26 points, passing injured Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl.)


After beating Columbus and Philadelphia earlier this week, the Avalanche struck first against the Sharks when rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored a power-play goal late in the first period.

That was all the offense either team could provide through 20 minutes, but the Avalanche broke this game open early in the second period. Jamie McGinn and Erik Johnson scored just 52 seconds apart to chase goaltender Antti Niemi out of the contest. Niemi stopped just 11 of 14 shots in 25:45 minutes.

The Avalanche didn’t give backup Alex Stalock a chance to settle in before Nathan MacKinnon scored his second goal of the night and the team’s third in just over a minute.

That gave Colorado a commanding four-goal lead, but the Sharks have made it a match again with markers from Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau. In total, the two teams found the back of the net five times over the span of 5:18 minutes.

If you want to see that flurry of goals, you can do so below:

  1. sjsharks66 - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Nice to see the Sharks get a little mean for awhile. Helped boost them to just trailing by one goal. Would have been nice to watch a real rookie race go on also. To bad Dustin Brown screwed that up.

    • pxland - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      And of course by saying, “get a little mean” you mean, ‘play really dirty’ don’t you?

      If you approve of what Desjardins did you have absolutely no right to complain about Dustin Brown.

    • 22lakings22 - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:31 AM

      There you go again obsessing about Dustin Brown. Maybe take your homer glasses off, and admit that sh!t happens. In this case, though, intent to injure was obviously there. But because it’s a Shark, you make a joke about it. Pathetic.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    What? Beating down Talbot or giving the little jab on the face off? Pretty sure no one was hurt from what he did on the face off and he was just doing it to get under their skin. If he had hurt someone or did it to be malicious, then yes it would be dirty. That was no dirtier then crosschecks along the boards.

    What about when Talbot rode Demers head first into the boards? The refs did not make a big deal nor did any broadcasters so you probably did not notice it.

    Theres a big difference between getting under peoples skin and being dirty. If you cant see that, then you must own a Dustin Brown jersey.

    • avsfaninttown - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Yeah, I think spearing a guy in the jewels is more than just “getting under his skin.” Go ahead and talk trash, finish your checks, play hard, but don’t go whacking a guy in the nuts just because you’re down 4 in the second period. It did work, in the sense that the Avs got more focused on being mad than on playing well for about 10 minutes, but it’s cheap and crappy.

    • mp1131211 - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:24 AM

      He hit his nuts, dude…. come on!!!

  3. sjsharks66 - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    I don’t think he got him in that spot. It looked more like the thigh. Maybe he did though, was kind of hard to tell.

    • andidee15 - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      From what I understand, the Sharks’ feed didn’t show all the angles that the Avs’ did. Watching the replay, that stick definitely hit Mitchell’s groin. Desjardins himself confirmed the, uh, impact location during his post-game interview. It was pretty clearly a dirty cheap shot born of frustration after his club allowed 3 goals in 1:06. As an Avs fan, I’m just upset that my team lost their focus and allowed it to get under their skin. It almost cost us the game.

      • sjsharks66 - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        Ah, alright then. Disappointed in Desi for that. Avs came out with a PP though. So it worked out for them I suppose. haha

  4. mrhyperpants - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Was defiantly cheap shot (spearing). Also sharks got a few calls in there favour from the ref. ref must be getting bjs from the sharks after the game

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