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Avalanche lose to Sharks, can’t capitalize on chance to secure Central Division

Apr 12, 2014, 1:40 AM EDT

Patrick Marleau, Brad Stuart, Martin Havlat AP

The Colorado Avalanche went into San Jose on Friday, with a chance to lock up the Central Division with only a win.

The host Sharks had other ideas, defeating the Avalanche 5-1 thanks to Martin Havlat‘s natural hat trick in the third period. It was close, a one-goal hockey game heading into the final 20 minutes, before Havlat’s offensive outburst, which gave him his first goals since March 25.

Reto Berra started in goal for the Avalanche, but was pulled just 10:11 into the game after allowing two goals on five shots.

“The only reason I pulled him was just to change the momentum of the game. I thought that was the right decision at that time. Obviously right now, he’s not playing with the confidence that he probably normally has,” Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy told The Denver Post.

The loss keeps the Avalanche tied with the Blues atop the Central Division. Both teams lost in their respective games Friday, with each stuck on 111 points with one game remaining.

The Avalanche finish out the season on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks. There’s still a chance Colorado can come out of the regular season as the top seed in the West, however the Ducks, at 112 points, also have a game in hand.

Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie also left the game with an upper-body injury after he found himself on the receiving end of a massive open-ice Jason Demers body check in the first period.

San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan also left due to injury.

  1. blomfeld - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Person A: I bet you didn’t think you’d see me again, did you ?

    Person B: well I payed you in gold three weeks ago … what do you got ?

    Person A: how about the position of the ‘entire’ Federal army ? … I’ll put in on the map if you like ?

    ________________________________________________________________

    summary: unlike the Sharks, Avalanche, Ducks or Blues, we LA Kings are a team ‘built’ for the playoffs and supreme victory ! … yes sir ! … and therefore these ‘wannabe’ pretender teams can go and chase after paper-mache President Trophies until the ‘cows come home’ for all we care ! … the bottom line is that this year’s WC final is going to be a facsimile of last year, only this time 7th Cavalry will be ‘putting the boots’ to Crazy Horse & crew ! :)

    BECOME A KING’S FAN NOW ! … CHICKS, VICTORY, GOOD TIMES !!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • blomfeld - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:34 AM

      ps: sorry friends, here’s the accompanying ‘good times’ video ! :)

      • govtminion - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:31 AM

        …So you got on an article about two teams with nothing to do with the Kings to… jabber about the Kings and post a random music video.

        Right.

      • xxakshunxx - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:27 AM

        guessing you’re the type of person who likes their own Facebook comments too

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        I was going to call the cops if you forgot the video!

  2. csilojohnson - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    i hope you post something after the kings get eliminated.

  3. jimeejohnson - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Haters: have a nice day!

    • blomfeld - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      God bless you James ! :)

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