The San Jose Sharks had a disappointing loss in Colorado on Saturday.
After trailing 4-0, the Sharks responded with three goals, but the Colorado Avalanche held onto their lead. Unable to tie the game and push it into overtime, the Sharks lost 4-3.
The Sharks ended the first period down by one. The fist goal came during an Avalanche power play when Shark’s defenseman Justin Braun took a hooking penalty on his attempt to stop a scoring opportunity for Matt Duchene.
Colorado furthered their lead with three even strength goals in the first six minutes of the second period. Former Shark, Jamie McGinn with his ninth goal of the season at 4:53; Erik Johnson with a wrist shot at 5:45; and Nathan MacKinnon with his 12th goal of the season at 5:59.
Starting goaltender for the Sharks, Antti Niemi, was pulled from the game after the first three goals. MacKinnon was able to score seconds later on back up goaltender Alex Stalock. MacKinnon’s goal would later become the game winning goal, unfortunately for Stalock.
Just like the Avalanche, the Sharks got their first goal of the game on the power play. Joe Pavelski scored his 18th goal of the season and extended his point-streak to seven straight games. Captain Joe Thornton, who got one of the assists, also extended his point-streak to seven consecutive games.
Partick Marleau scored his 19th goal of the season at 10:11 in the second, cutting the lead in half before the start of the third.
Logan Couture continued his goal-streak with his 14th goal this season at 5:44 in the third period. Couture has scored in four consecutive games. Assists for the goal came from Marleau and former Avalanche, Scott Hannan.
Marleau played a roll in all three Sharks’ goals. He scored one of his own and got the first assist for Pavelski and Couture’s goals. He now has 22 assists this season, surpassing his record last season, at 14 assists.
The Sharks had a chance to tie the game on the power play at 15:58 in the third. Unfortunately, they were unable to capitalize on the opportunity, and lost after responding to a four goal deficit.
The most important thing for the Sharks is to mentally recover from the loss and rest before they play the Chicago Blackhawks. Back-to-back games are tough, especially on the road, and especially against the top team in not only the Western Conference right now, but in the NHL.
Sunday will be the first time the teams have played against one another since November, when the Sharks lost to the Blackhawks 5-1.
Blackhawks will be looking to get a winning streak going, while the Sharks try to prevent a losing streak from starting.