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NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Colorado



(Saturday, January 4th)

Final Score: Colorado 4, San Jose 3

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamie McGinn, Erik Johnson and Nathan MacKinnon scored in a span of 1:06 early in the second period, and Colorado held off San Jose to post a 4-3 victory at Pepsi Center.

"We had a real good first half of the game. We stayed with the puck and played well against a very good team," said Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy. "Obviously after that, we lost our focus a bit. They were pressing in the third, and we were defending too much without pressing back."

MacKinnon registered his first career two-goal effort, while Paul Stastny added a pair of assists for the Avalanche, who nearly wasted a four-goal advantage but held on to match a franchise record with their 26th win of the season.

Only the Stanley Cup-champion squad from 2000-01 matched the feat, going 26-8-7 at the halfway point of that campaign.

Semyon Varlamov was strong down the stretch, making 30 stops.

Patrick Marleau picked up a goal and two helpers for the Sharks, while Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture supplied offense in the club's second loss in three outings.

Antti Niemi was pulled after yielding three goals on 14 shots in almost 26 minutes of action. Alex Stalock ended up stopping 6-of-7 shots the rest of the way.

"We sure don't want to be down 2-0, let alone 4-0 at any time," said Sharks center Joe Thornton. "We played good enough to win from then. It was getting to the point where I thought we could come back."

McGinn netted his third score in as many games, capitalizing off a Dan Boyle turnover at the right side of the crease and beating Niemi high to the short side at 4:53 of the second.

Johnson made it 3-0 only 52 seconds later, when his bouncing shot from the boards near the right point short-hopped Niemi, hit the far post and caromed in.

Stalock spelled Niemi, but 14 seconds later he was rudely welcomed to the contest as McKinnon picked the far corner high from the right wing to cap the burst and leave the hosts up by four.

"I was going for the left side. Thankfully it was good because I had a lot of speed up the wing," MacKinnon noted. "It was exciting, because we definitely did not intend to let them back into the game at that point."

Pavelski put San Jose on the board with two seconds left on a two-man edge at 8:35, and the Sharks made it 4-2 with 9:49 left as Marleau scored during a delayed penalty call.

Couture picked up a Marleau rebound and beat Varlamov for a one-goal game at 5:44 of the third period.

Avs forward Jan Hejda was sent off for hooking with 4:02 left in regulation, and Varlamov turned away a Pavelski breakaway and the subsequent rebound from Brent Burns in close.

Stalock vacated his net for an extra skater with 1:40 on the clock, but the Sharks had nothing left in the tank.

MacKinnon gave the Avs a lead just under a minute into the game's first power play, connecting with 4:32 left in the opening period.

Game Notes

Colorado scored its fastest three goals of the year in the burst, which was only 15 seconds slower than the franchise mark of 51 seconds, set in a 9-2 win at Vancouver on Mar. 8, 2004. In that contest, Steve Konowalchuk, Joe Sakic and Darby Hendrickson fueled a five-goal opening period with their tallies ... Prior to the game, the Sharks placed forward Tommy Wingels on injured reserve and recalled forward Eriah Hayes from Worcester of the AHL ... Couture has recorded at least one goal in four straight games.

01/04 18:19:28 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
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y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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