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The San Jose Sharks Advance To The Western Conference Final

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

The Sharks didn’t need a miraculous comeback Wednesday. They just had to hold on.

And after the drama that unfolded at SAP Center two weeks ago, the Sharks had another heart-stopper in Game 7 of their second round series against the Colorado Avalanche.

They found a way once again.

Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist in his return to the lineup and Joonas Donskoi’s first goal since Jan. 8 proved to the game-winner as the Sharks beat the Avalanche 3-2 to win the series four-games-to-three and advance to the Western Conference final for the second time in four years.

The Sharks will face the St. Louis Blues, the same team they faced in the 2016 Western Conference final, in the third round in a series that will begin Saturday in San Jose.

Left for dead when they were in this same position two weeks ago against the Vegas Golden Knights, down three goals in Game 7 after being down 3-1 in the series, the Sharks are now halfway to their goal of bringing a Stanley Cup to San Jose.

“Excitement,” Sharks center Logan Couture said of getting back to this stage. “There’s four teams still playing and there’s 27 teams at home wishing they were in these spots. I’ve been lucky enough to play in a few Western Conference finals in my career and you realize that you can’t take them for granted because you never know when the next one’s going to come.


Game highlights and handshakes are below.

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Done In Denver

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche lost superstar forward Nathan MacKinnon to injury early in Game 7 at the SAP Center, and when MacKinnon returned late in the first period against the San Jose Sharks, Colorado trailed by two goals. But the resilient Avs never quit, appeared to tie it 2-2 in the second period and rallied to get within 3-2 in a Western Conference semifinal series-deciding game they can be proud of.

They nearly forced overtime with two tremendous opportunities in the final minutes.

But in the end, the veteran Sharks were inspired by the return of captain Joe Pavelski and used a successful coach’s challenge to negate a Colorado goal and escaped their own building with a 3-2 victory and a trip to the Western Conference final.

“Our season’s over. So it’s tough. We set high expectations for ourselves. and we came up a little bit short,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “It was a real good series, but they were the better team for two big portions of tonight’s game. And they won, and they deserved to win. I loved our push at the end. We had some chances to tie it, and our guys fought real hard all the way to the end.”

The Avs appeared to score three goals, but only two counted as San Jose’s coach’s challenge negated Colin Wilson’s tally early in the second period that appeared to tie it 2-2.


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Open Post-One More Game 7 Colorado Avalanche/San Jose Sharks

You know the story, winner will face the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final.

Blues will host the Avs if Colorado wins, otherwise the WCF will start in San Jose with a win by the Sharks tonight.


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Avs Or Sharks?

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

They were destined to not make the playoffs. They were destined to be done after the April 6 regular-season finale at San Jose.

More than a month later, the Avs are still alive, and their season could still end in San Jose. Their late-season turnaround was remarkable — finishing 8-1-2 to collect the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot — as well as their 7-4 playoff record heading into Game 7 on Wednesday at the SAP Center.

The Avs are a league-best 15-5-2 since March 17.

“When you get past the first round, you really start to think that you can win it all,” Avs right winger Mikko Rantanen said after Wednesday’s morning skate. “It’s second round, Game 7 — it’s hard to think about going out. It would be a big disappointment but I don’t want to think about. I only think about the win and next round. So it would be more of a disappointment than being proud.”

Defenseman Ian Cole — a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins — also said it’s far too early to be proud of anything.


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A Missed Opportunity By The San Jose Sharks

from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,

The San Jose Sharks regret letting the opportunity to clinch the Western Conference Second Round against the Colorado Avalanche slip away but took solace with the knowledge they will get another chance on home ice.

The Avalanche tied the best-of-7 series with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 6 at Pepsi Center on Monday. Game 7 is at San Jose on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

"Game 7, one game at home to move on to the Western Conference Final," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "We would've taken that at any point this season. I'm not surprised it's seven based on how we played each other. It's been punch, counterpunch, punch."

The Sharks were confident heading to overtime after defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored his second goal of the game for a 3-3 tie with 2:28 remaining in the third period, the third time they came back from a goal down to tie it.

"We were positive, we felt like we could win this game," center Logan Couture said. "We just needed a little bit more, we needed a little bit more people involved in the game."


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The Colorado Avalanche Force A Game 7 In A Dramatic Way

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Compher’s three-point night played a big role in helping the Avalanche stave off elimination with a 4-3 overtime win to force Game 7 in San Jose on Wednesday.

His effort set the stage for Landeskog’s winner, which came 2:32 into overtime when his shot from the slot bounced in off Martin Jones, sending the crowd at Pepsi Center into a frenzy.

“It’s a huge step for our team,” said Landeskog, whose goal marked the first point from the top line in the last two games. “It’s a great opportunity for us to be 60 minutes away from a Western Conference Final. I mean, who would have thought before the season and who would’ve thought before this series or whatever. For us, we keep believing.

“You just have to instil that doubt in that team on the other side. And at this point, I doubt the last thing they wanted to do was go back and play another one at home in San Jose. So we accomplished Step 1 to win this one and now we have to regroup and win another one.”

It was a gritty win for the Avs, who allowed San Jose to score goals late in the second and third periods to tie the game, including a back-breaking goal by Marc-Edouard Vlasic with 2:28 remaining to send it into overtime.


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Videos- There Will Be A Game 7 Between Colorado & San Jose

Avs win 4-3 in OT, game 7 is 9pm ET on Wednesday night.

Goals are below.  Landeskog with th OT goal

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A Must Win Game For The Colorado Avalanche

from Kyle Fredrickson of the Denver Post,

Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog is nearing his franchise’s biggest moment in a decade, just two consecutive wins shy of a berth in the Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with zero room for error.

Game 6 against the Sharks on Monday night inside Pepsi Center, trailing the series 3-2, helps decide whether the 2018-19 Avs were a greatness-building block or contender coming-out party. Expect some team reflection in the pregame dressing room, and while Landeskog carries his leadership torch proudly, don’t expect the stoic 26-year-old Swede to wax poetic about the stakes.

“I’m not much for speeches, personally,” he said. “So many guys have been in this position before.”...

“We’ve been counted out numerous times,” Landeskog said. “We’re not going to pack it in just because we’re facing elimination. Everybody is going to step up.”

Coach Jared Bednar told reporters he’s careful not to over-coach his team this time of the year.  A player-led culture has allowed for correction when Colorado needed it most. Bednar was clearly irked Saturday night after Game 5 at San Jose in which he said the Avs simply got “outworked” in a 2-1 defeat. Bednar didn’t let that frustration follow him off the plane home.


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The Colorado Avalanche Will Face Elimination On Monday

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Philipp Grubauer was excellent again Saturday night, but opposing goalie Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks was just as good and teammate Tomas Hertl made the plays that mattered in Game 5 of the Avalanche-Sharks Western Conference semifinal series at SAP Center.

Hertl’s two goals and Jones’ 21 saves spearheaded the Sharks’ 2-1 victory that gave San Jose a 3-2 lead in the series. Game 6 is Monday night at the Pepsi Center in a potential elimination contest for the Avs.

San Jose broke a 1-1 tie 6:26 of the third period with Hertl’s second goal of the game. Hertl outmuscled Avs center Nathan MacKinnon at the top of the crease and put a backhander behind Grubauer.

MacKinnon had zero shots after two periods and finished with just one. He and Mikko Rantanen (two shots) entered the game with NHL-playoff-leading 13 points, but both had their worst offensive performances of the postseason. MacKinnon was brief in his postgame remarks.

“Just didn’t get many shots,” said MacKinnon, who saw his eight-game points streak end. “We have to win one at home. That’s it.”


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