The San Jose Sharks played hard for fans in their last home game of the regular season against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night, winning 5-1.
After a rocky season, Marty Havlat proved that he is ready for the playoffs after scoring a natural hat trick in the third period. Havlat’s first goal was created from a deflection off of Logan Couture’s shot at 5:26 in the third period. He scored again at 13:40 on a rebound opportunity, where his wrist shot passed Avalanche goaltender, Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Havlat completed his hat trick with an empty net goal with 4:56 left to play.
Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau scored the first two Shark’s goals in the first period. After Boyle scored his 12th of the season and Marleau scored his 33rd, Avalanche was quick to pull goaltender, Reto Berra. Berra holds the third spot for the Avalanche, and was expected to play– allowing starting goaltender, Semyon Varlamav, and Giguere to rest.
Avalanche’s lone goal was scored by Patrick Bordeleau in the second period.
Shark’s back-up goaltender, Alex Stalock, allowed the Sharks to maintain their lead with 32 saves, arguing his case to be a starter in the playoffs.
Tomas Hertl returned to the lineup for the first time since his knee injury in December. His addition to the third line will help create more scoring chances for the team in the playoffs.
The Sharks move on to face the Phoenix Coyotes Saturday night to end the season with an away game.