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Colorado 4, San Jose 2
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 31, 2022
Where: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
Referees: Tom Chmielewski, Brandon Schrader
Linesmen: Ryan Daisy, Brandon Gawryletz
Attendance: 18013

Mikko Rantanen scored a tiebreaking goal late in the third period, Andre Burakovsky, Alex Newhook and Darren Helm also scored and the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Thursday in Denver.

Nazem Kadri and Erik Johnson had two assists each and Pavel Francouz made 25 saves for the Avalanche, who got Nathan MacKinnon back after he missed a game with an upper-body injury.

Brent Burns and Timo Meier scored goals, Tomas Hertl had two assists and Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 42 shots for San Jose.

The Avalanche improved to 7-1-1 in their past nine games, while the Sharks lost for the third time in four games.

After a scoreless first period, both teams got on the board in the second. Newhook gave Colorado the lead when he got a pass from Johnson in the slot and beat Kahkonen with a screened shot at 1:54. It was his 12th of the season.

The Sharks tied it up later in the period when Hertl skated in on Francouz and, as he was falling forward, sent a pass to Meier on the other side of the net. Meier roofed a shot into the open net to make it 1-1 at 12:09.

It was Meier's 31st of the season.

The game stayed tied into the third period when Colorado took advantage of a turnover. Valeri Nichushkin stole a clearing pass with his glove in the San Jose end and passed across the slot to Helm, who beat Kahkonen for his sixth goal of the season at 3:05.

The Sharks answered again when Burns' shot from the point got through traffic and by Francouz at 6:29 of the third. It was Burns' eighth of the year.

The Avalanche broke the tie on the power play nearly six minutes later. Kadri, who briefly went to the dressing room after a hard check in the corner, sent a pass to Rantanen on the right side of the net, and he beat Kahkonen at 12:17. It was his 34th of the season.

Burakovsky sealed it with his 19th goal of the season at 15:16.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
San Jose   Colorado
Tomas Hertl 2 Points Erik Johnson 2
Brent Burns 1 Goals Andre Burakovsky 1
Tomas Hertl 2 Assists Erik Johnson 2
N/A Power Play Goals Mikko Rantanen 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Kaapo Kahkonen .913 Save Percentage Pavel Francouz .926
Kaapo Kahkonen 42 Saves Pavel Francouz 25
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 27 2 0-2 3-4 10 19
Colorado 46 4 1-4 2-2 6 32
Upcoming Games
  • Colorado will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .688 after a win and .750 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Sharks have a W/L % of .433 after a win and .432 after a loss.