NHL Game Summary - Colorado at San Jose|
(Saturday, February 19th)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Colorado 0
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Devin Setoguchi recorded his first career hat
trick and Antti Niemi recorded his fifth shutout of the season, leading San
Jose in a 4-0 rout of Colorado at HP Pavilion.
Niemi made 25 saves for the Sharks, who have won three in a row after dropping
two straight. Ryane Clowe also lit the lamp in the victory.
Peter Budaj allowed four goals on 33 shots for the Avalanche, whose losing
streak reached 10 games (0-9-1).
"Certainly it's tough to play, like I've said this before, catch-up hockey,"
said Colorado head coach Joe Sacco. "I think that San Jose took advantage of
their power play in the first period, they were able to capitalize on two of
their chances. And that's a big advantage for them."
Setoguchi registered two goals in the first period.
The first came 6 1/2 minutes in, when he split two defenders and used a
backhand to beat Budaj. His second made it a 2-0 game with five minutes left
in the opening period, when he cleaned up a big rebound off the backboards
during a power play.
Just over 1 1/2 minutes after Setoguchi's second goal, Clowe got into the
scoring for the Sharks, with a wrister from the left circle on the man
Following a scoreless second period, Setoguchi completed his hat trick in the
third period with a breakaway goal.
"I think I've had 12, maybe 13 two-goal games, something like that," Setoguchi
said. "It always sits in the back of your mind. But it feels good to get one;
first one, anyway."
Colorado couldn't get on the board, despite getting 11 shots on net in the
middle frame. Niemi then made six saves in the final 20 minutes to preserve
the win and his shutout.
The Sharks were 2-for-3 on the power play, while the Avs blanked on three
man-advantage chances...San Jose will travel to Detroit on Tuesday to play the
Red Wings, who are on a four-game win streak...Colorado will try to break its
slump with a matchup in St. Louis on Tuesday.
02/20 03:24:43 ET