The Colorado Avalanche came into this afternoon's game badly in need of a confidence boost to their already-sagging season and Jarome Iginla's power play goal 5:17 into the game was precisely the start the Avs were looking for. The lead wouldn't last, however, as Joel Ward took advantage of an ugly turnover by Iginla inside Colorado's blue line to capitalize on the free opportunity to make it a 1-1 tie game. The Avalanche played well throughout the first but couldn't beat San Jose goaltender Martin Jones and headed into intermission deadlocked.
Special teams, such a problem area for the Avalanche so far this season, continued to be an issue as Brent Burns notched the third short-handed goal against this Avs this season, making it 2-1 in favor of the Sharks. Colorado would respond on the same power play as Burns' goal as Francois Beauchemin got his first Avalanche goal on assists from Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog to bring the game back to a tie.
A competitive but scoreless third period ceased to be when Brent Burns scored his second of the game with just 1:39 to play in regulation to give the Sharks the 3-2 lead that would quickly turn into a 4-2 lead when Joe Pavelski scored on an empty Colorado net just 19 seconds later. Cody McLeod would make things interesting with a goal of his own 15 seconds later, drawing the game to the 4-3 final score.
Today the play of the game and the turning point are the same one as an even hockey game was separated by the thinnest of margins. Burns' second goal of the night would force Colorado to pull the goaltender, paving the way for an empty-net tally that would end up as the difference maker.
BY THE NUMBERS
QUOTE OF THE GAME
We win as a team, we lose as a team, we stick together and and we're going to find our way up" - Head Coach Patrick Roy
With yet another loss, the Avalanche dig their last place spot in the uber competitive Central Division that much deeper as they currently sit five points behind sixth place Chicago and 11 points behind division-leading Dallas.
The Avs continue a short homestand on Tuesday, November 3 against the visiting Calgary Flames.