Thomas Greiss stopped 36 of 37 shots for the Sharks and looked superb tonight in the Sharks' victory.
Patrick Marleau had a hat trick including the game winning goal. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was fantastic as well, getting the primary assist on all of Marleau's goals and making a number of nice defensive plays. These were my three stars of the game.
Lucky that Marleau, Greiss, and Vlasic stepped up their games for the Sharks tonight. Otherwise, the Sharks looked very flat. A win's a win, but the three stars bailed the team out tonight.
The Sharks only fired 17 shots on goal against Jean-Sebastien Giguere, while allowing the Avalanche to pepper Greiss with 37—Ouch.
Granted it was the second of two back-to-back games, so there's a small excuse there.
Marleau scored his first goal of the night on a nice feed from Vlasic while the power play expired. Marleau was able to jam it in after the puck bounced off his skate.
He scored his second on a deflection of a beautiful shot from Vlasic; the deflection was very nice as well.
His third was an empty-netter fired from the Sharks end of the neutral zone, a nice accurate shot to pick up the hat-trick. Marleau now has nine goals on the year.
Joe Pavelski picked up his team-leading 11th goal on a sweet set-up from Joe Thornton and Logan Couture. Thornton dished it from behind the net to Pavelski who snapped it over Giguere's shoulder.
Next game, the Sharks return home to the Shark Tank to take on the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night.