NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Colorado
(Friday, March 5th)
Final Score: Colorado 5, San Jose 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Joe Sakic had a goal and two assists to spark the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at the Pepsi Center.
Steve Moore and Milan Hejduk each chipped in with a goal and an assist for Colorado, while Alex Tanguay also scored. David Aebischer stopped 27 shots for the win as the Avalanche snapped a five-game winless slide (1-2-2-1).
Alexander Korolyuk scored the lone goal for the Sharks, who saw their three- game win streak come to an end. Evgeni Nabokov allowed three goals on 12 shots before giving way to Vesa Toskala, who gave up two bad goals in a 19-save performance.
San Jose also may have lost its second-leading scorer, Marco Sturm, for the remainder of the season after he was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a fractured ankle. He was racing for the puck with Adam Foote on a delayed icing in the first period when he slid feet first into the boards.
"He's a big part of their team," said Avs head coach Tony Granato. "You don't like to see that happen. It seemed to deflate their team and take some of their energy away."
After Colorado got on the board early on Moore's goal just 2:17 into the contest, Hejduk scored his 31st after Sakic carried the puck into the zone. Hejduk picked the puck up after it rolled off Sakic's stick and beat Nabokov for a 2-0 lead.
The Avalanche added two more in less than three minutes during the second to double the margin. Tanguay made it 3-0 on his 25th of the campaign when he picked up a stray puck in the slot off a Foote dump-in to send Nabokov to the bench in favor of Toskala.
Sakic then scored on a fluke goal from behind the net for his 29th tally this year, and fourth in two games. Sakic gently slid the puck towards the crease as Toskala hugged the post and had it go off his skate and in.
Korolyuk scored 1:28 later for the Sharks first goal of the night on a low slap shot just inside the left post to trim the deficit to 4-1.
Toskala allowed a very soft goal to Worrell just past the midway point of the third frame to sum up the night for San Jose. Worrell was facing the left boards when he let go a weak turnaround shot that Toskala missed as it rolled in for the final margin.
"We had to go back to basics," added Granato. "Attack with our skaters and make a play on the puck."
Sakic was coming off a four-point performance in Wednesday's 5-5 tie with Vancouver in which he recorded a hat trick...Sturm has 21 goals and 20 assists for 41 points on the season, second behind Patrick Marleau's 50...Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles recorded two assists.
03/06 01:33:28 ET