Andre Burakovsky scored 41 seconds into extra time and the Colorado Avalanche gained floor within the race for first place within the West Division by rallying previous the San Jose Sharks 5-4
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Andre Burakovsky scored 41 seconds into extra time and the Colorado Avalanche gained floor within the race for first place within the West Division by rallying previous the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Monday night time.
“It was a very large one on the finish right here,” Burakovsky stated. “We wish to be in first place. This was a should win for us … Although we had been down there was little doubt. We simply discovered a method to get it completed. It was enjoyable to play and enjoyable to observe.”
Martin Jones received a bit of Burakovsky’s shot but it surely trickled previous him into the online for the game-winner.
Colorado scored 3 times within the third interval to beat a pair of two-goal deficits and received the tying objective from Nazim Kadri with 3:39 to play.
“I cherished our response within the third interval,” coach Jared Bednar stated. “Simply the heightened sense of urgency and somewhat little bit of desperation in our recreation.”
Mikko Rantanen scored his twenty ninth objective of the season and Valeri Nichushkin and Gabriel Landeskog additionally scored for the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves.
Colorado moved inside two factors of first-place Vegas with a recreation in hand after the Golden Knights misplaced 6-5 to Minnesota.
Evander Kane scored twice and Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier additionally scored for San Jose. Jones made 26 saves.
The Sharks misplaced for the eleventh time in 13 video games and had been formally eradicated from playoff rivalry. That is the third time in franchise historical past that they missed playoffs in back-to-back years, additionally doing it in 1992 and ‘93, and in 1996 and ’97.
“You do not flip issues round on this league in six months or eight months or 10 months. It takes time,” coach Bob Boughner stated. “There’s some ache concerned in that and a few rising to do. That’s the place we’re at. … It’s somewhat disappointing to not be within the playoffs. However we all know what the large image seems to be like and the place we’re going.”
San Jose appeared in management after scoring twice within the second interval to take a 3-1 lead. However Nichushkin scored early within the interval to make it a one-goal recreation and Landeskog made it 4-3 after Meier scored for San Jose.
A turnover by Brent Burns arrange Kadri’s game-tying objective that ended a 19-game stretch with out a objective after which Burakovsky received it in extra time.
“It’s robust to see the best way that recreation ended,” Boughner stated. “I assumed we should always have been celebrating two factors tonight.”
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The Avalanche got here into the sport with a league-best objective differential within the second interval of plus-33. However the Sharks dominated the body with Hertl scoring off a turnover and Kane on a breakaway. San Jose outshot Colorado 13-2 within the interval, holding the Avalanche to their fewest pictures in any interval since that they had one within the second interval in opposition to St. Louis on Oct. 21, 2019.
Avalanche backup goalie Devan Dubnyk was added to the COVID-19 record earlier than the sport after testing constructive. Dubnyk will quarantine for 2 weeks at his home within the San Jose space that he nonetheless has after being traded from the Sharks final month. Jonas Johansson suited up because the backup goalie. Grubauer returned after lacking greater than two weeks on the COVID-19 record final week for Colorado.
The groups end the season sequence on Wednesday in San Jose. Colorado is 6-1 within the season sequence together with three in a stretch of 4 in a row in opposition to the Sharks.
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