Scoring Chances: Game 76 v. Colorado

Mar 26, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) saves a shot from San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (12) during the first period at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

After several weeks of being involved almost exclusively in low-event affairs, the Sharks' win over the Avalanche last night was a legitimate barn-burner. The teams combined for 43 scoring chances with San Jose earning an impressive 26 of those, including a 22-15 besting of Colorado at even strength. The game was probably closer than the chance count and final score would suggest, however, as the Avs had actually outchanced the Sharks 13-12 with about three minutes remaining in the second period before the Sharks generated a flurry of opportunities to close out the frame, rattling off eight consecutive scoring chances in a span of about 160 seconds with the Logan Couture line inflicting much of the damage.

Best EV Forward: Martin Havlat (+6), Logan Couture (+6)

Best EV Defenseman: Brent Burns (+9), Douglas Murray (+9)

Worst EV Forward: Dominic Moore (-2), Michal Handzus (-2), Torrey Mitchell (-2)

Worst EV Defenseman: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (-2), Jason Demers (-2)

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 7 5 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 14 6 13 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 6 4 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 26 17 22 15 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

Team Period Time Note SJS Opponent
COL 1 18:05 Landeskog P 9 29 31 39 60 61 1 5 6 27 37 92 5v5
COL 1 16:51 Stastny P 22 31 34 44 57 69 1 5 6 11 26 54 5v5
SJS 1 15:09 Marleau O 3 9 12 19 31 88 1 22 27 37 44 92 5v5
SJS 1 14:18 Desjardins T 31 34 57 60 61 69 1 9 22 23 40 44 5v5
COL 1 13:37 Duchene T 17 26 31 34 60 61 1 9 22 23 40 44 5v5
SJS 1 12:09 Havlat P 9 22 29 31 39 44 1 5 6 27 37 92 5v5
SJS 1 11:47 Marleau P 8 12 19 22 31 88 1 6 8 27 37 92 5v5
SJS 1 10:37 Winnik T 3 31 34 44 57 69 1 3 5 11 26 54 5v5
SJS 1 5:17 Wingels PP 9 29 31 57 60 88 1 22 26 44 92 5v4
COL 1 2:50 Hunwick P 3 17 18 26 31 88 1 9 22 23 40 44 5v5
COL 1 1:40 McGinn T 8 12 19 22 31 44 1 5 6 11 26 54 5v5
COL 1 1:31 McGinn R 8 12 19 22 31 44 1 5 6 11 26 54 5v5
COL 1 0:59 O'Reilly PP 3 31 39 69 88 1 6 23 27 37 92 4v5
SJS 2 16:10 Goal - Pavelski R 8 12 19 22 31 61 1 3 8 11 26 54 5v5
COL 2 15:07 Landeskog T 31 34 44 57 60 69 1 6 27 37 44 92 5v5
SJS 2 10:54 Winnik T 22 31 34 57 61 69 1 5 6 11 26 54 5v5
SJS 2 10:41 Goal - Desjardins P 22 31 34 57 61 69 1 5 6 11 26 54 5v5
SJS 2 9:36 Handzus P 3 17 18 26 31 88 1 3 8 9 17 40 5v5
COL 2 8:13 Goal - O'Brien T 9 22 29 31 39 61 1 5 6 27 37 92 5v5
COL 2 7:40 Stastny O 8 12 19 22 31 61 1 3 8 11 26 54 5v5
SJS 2 4:19 Mitchell P 17 18 22 26 31 61 1 3 8 11 26 54 5v5
SJS 2 4:16 Goal - Mitchell P 17 18 22 26 31 61 1 3 8 11 26 54 5v5
COL 2 3:57 Jones T 17 18 22 26 31 61 1 11 22 26 44 54 5v5
COL 2 3:44 McGinn P 17 18 22 26 31 61 1 11 22 26 44 54 5v5
COL 2 3:43 Stastny R 17 18 22 26 31 61 1 11 22 26 44 54 5v5
SJS 2 2:43 Clowe P 3 9 29 31 39 88 1 3 8 9 23 40 5v5
SJS 2 2:42 Couture R 3 9 29 31 39 88 1 3 8 9 23 40 5v5
SJS 2 2:38 Havlat P 3 9 29 31 39 88 1 9 22 23 40 44 5v5
SJS 2 2:37 Clowe R 3 9 29 31 39 88 1 9 22 23 40 44 5v5
SJS 2 2:08 Couture P 3 9 29 31 39 88 1 9 22 23 40 44 5v5
SJS 2 2:02 Marleau P 8 12 19 22 31 61 1 3 8 27 37 92 5v5
SJS 2 2:01 Thornton R 8 12 19 22 31 61 1 3 8 27 37 92 5v5
SJS 2 0:03 Pavelski PP 8 12 19 22 31 39 1 3 8 16 54 5v4
SJS 3 19:26 Pavelski PP 8 12 19 22 31 39 1 3 8 16 54 5v4
SJS 3 19:25 Goal - Pavelski PP 8 12 19 22 31 39 1 3 8 16 54 5v4
COL 3 16:35 Johnson PP 18 31 44 61 69 1 6 9 11 26 54 4v5
SJS 3 14:22 Couture T 9 29 31 39 44 60 1 5 16 40 44 55 5v5
SJS 3 14:21 Vlasic R 9 29 31 39 44 60 1 5 16 40 44 55 5v5
COL 3 11:07 Jones P 8 18 19 22 31 61 1 11 22 26 44 54 5v5
COL 3 9:31 O'Reilly F 31 34 44 57 60 69 1 5 6 27 37 92 5v5
COL 3 5:58 McClement S 9 12 29 31 44 60 1 16 22 23 40 44 5v5
SJS 3 5:26 Winnik P 3 31 34 57 69 88 1 5 6 16 23 40 5v5
SJS 3 5:02 Desjardins O 3 31 34 57 69 88 1 5 6 16 23 40 5v5

# Player EV PP SH
3 D. MURRAY 16:32 10 1 0:04 0 0 2:20 0 1
8 J. PAVELSKI 12:07 4 4 4:48 3 0 0:26 0 0
9 M. HAVLAT 14:07 9 3 2:10 1 0 0:07 0 0
12 P. MARLEAU 12:04 5 4 4:54 3 0 0:58 0 0
17 T. MITCHELL 9:50 3 5 0:04 0 0 0:24 0 0
18 D. MOORE 10:57 3 5 0:00 0 0 1:10 0 1
19 J. THORNTON 12:23 5 4 4:48 3 0 1:18 0 0
22 D. BOYLE 15:08 9 9 4:26 3 0 1:02 0 0
26 M. HANDZUS 9:19 3 5 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
29 R. CLOWE 14:01 8 3 2:22 1 0 0:00 0 0
31 A. NIEMI 48:46 22 15 7:14 4 0 4:00 0 2
34 D. WINNIK 14:28 6 4 0:10 0 0 0:55 0 0
39 L. COUTURE 9:47 8 2 4:48 3 0 1:02 0 1
44 M. VLASIC 16:59 4 6 0:00 0 0 0:45 0 1
57 T. WINGELS 12:58 6 3 2:22 1 0 0:00 0 0
60 J. DEMERS 14:40 3 5 2:07 1 0 0:00 0 0
61 J. BRAUN 17:08 8 8 0:00 0 0 1:40 0 1
69 A. DESJARDINS 13:55 6 3 0:04 0 0 1:40 0 2
88 B. BURNS 17:27 10 1 3:03 1 0 2:13 0 1


Chance Types

Team Transition Odd-man Rebound Forecheck Possession Steal PP SH
San Jose 4 2 5 0 11 0 4 0
Colorado 5 1 2 1 5 1 2 0


Head-to-head scoring chances:

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It took a couple of shifts, but McLellan and the coaching staff came to the realization that the line they should be focused on shutting down wasn't so much Paul Stastny's line as Ryan O'Reilly's, featuring the incredible Gabriel Landeskog. As it turned out, the Sharks' top line ended up skating against Stastny and O'Reilly for about an equal amount of time but they were clearly the only Sharks line that were able to win their matchup against the latter, although they took it in the teeth from Stastny and Jamie McGinn. The coaching staff also helped orchestrate the Sharks' most dominant shift of the game - it didn't result in a goal but with Matt Duchene and Milan Hejduk inexplicably out for a key defensive-zone draw near the end of the second period, McLellan pounced with the Couture line who generated five scoring chances in less than a minute against Duchene's line for Colorado.

More stats from the game: Corsi/Fenwick, Shift Charts, H2H Ice Time, Zonestarts, Play-By-Play, Box Score

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