San Jose Sharks: How They Can Get Revenge on the Avalanche with a Win Tonight

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IDecember 15, 2011

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 1: Douglas Murray #3 of the San Jose Sharks tries to stop the backhand shot of Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche in overtime during an NHL hockey game at the HP Pavilion on March 1, 2011 in San Jose, California. The Sharks won the game in a shootout 2-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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A couple of nights ago, the Sharks fell to the Avalanche, 4-3, in a shootout in Colorado. That marked the Sharks' third straight loss, but the Sharks will seek revenge tonight back on their home ice.

Last game, Patrick Marleau tied the game with only 20 seconds remaining on an amazing back-hand pass from Logan Couture. The Sharks proceeded to fall to Semyon Varlamov and the Avs in the shootout.

The other two goal-scorers for the Sharks were Jamie McGinn and Dan Boyle. McGinn is getting real hot now, as he scored his seventh goal of the season.

Boyle also had an assist with his goal.

Tonight, the goalie matchup will be identical as last game. Niemi will be in the crease for the Sharks, and Varlamov for the Avalanche.

One of the things the Sharks need to do to win is attack on offense in the third period. They've been sitting back, relying on defense and goaltending with a lead in the third, and their leads have been squandered in all those games.

The Sharks are going to also need to look for an offensive explosion, as to not have to worry about blowing a slim third period lead. Once the Sharks can get back on the winning trail, they'll probably remain on it.

The Sharks have home ice advantage tonight, so hopefully, the fans are as loud as usual and the Sharks put the energy to good use.

Players to watch on both teams are Jamie McGinn for the Sharks, and Matt Duchene for the Avs. McGinn has four points in his past five games, including three goals. Duchene has points in three of his last five games.