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Avs Earn 6-2 Victory over Sharks

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:14 AM

Associated Press

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Avs Earn 6-2 Victory over Sharks
San Jose Sharks 2, Colorado Avalanche 6
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DENVER (AP) -- Paul Stastny had a goal and four assists and Milan Hejduk scored twice and set up another tally as the Colorado Avalanche broke open a tight game with four third-period goals and beat the San Jose Sharks 6-2 Sunday night.

Avalanche captain Joe Sakic had a goal and assist to move past Phil Esposito into eighth on the NHL career points list with 1,591.

Stastny, the runner-up to Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin for rookie of the year honors last season, has four goals and four assists in Colorado's first three games. He had a hat trick in the Avalanche's season-opening win against Dallas on Wednesday.

Hejduk scored late in the first period, less than three minutes after Sakic notched the 611th goal of his 19-year career.

The Avalanche poured it on in the third after Ryan Clowe scored the first of his two goals to make 2-1 after two periods. Just 52 seconds into the final frame, Hejduk found Stastny in front to give Colorado a two-goal cushion.

Hejduk scored 1:55 later, and the rout was on. Marek Svatos and Ryan Smyth scored 18 seconds apart midway through the third to make it 6-1 and chase goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

The Sharks played from behind most of the game in part because of four penalties in the first period, two whistled simultaneously. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Jeremy Roenick were sent off with 5:05 left in the first period, and it took only 23 seconds for the Avalanche to cash in on the 5-on-3 advantage. Sakic fed Stastny down low, then one-timed the return pass to open the scoring.

Only 14 seconds after Joe Thornton drew a holding penalty, Sakic fed Hejduk, who made it 2-0 with a shot that beat Nabokov on the short side.

Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj, who had 24 saves, came up big after Hejduk drew a double minor for high-sticking 1:12 into the game. The Sharks had five shots during the four-minute power play, including a point-blank chance by Roenick, but failed to score.

Notes: Avalanche D Scott Hannan faced his former team for the first time since signing with Colorado in the offseason. Hannan played eight seasons for the Sharks. ... Roenick is three goals shy of 500 in the NHL. ... Sakic's goal moved him out of a tie for 14th place with Bobby Hull on the career list.
scoring summary
1st Period
15:18
COL
PPG - Joe Sakic (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (1), John-Michael Liles (1)
1 - 0 COL
17:53
COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Sakic (1), Paul Stastny (2)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
07:47
SJS
Ryane Clowe (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Pavelski (1), Christian Ehrhoff (2)
2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
00:51
COL
Paul Stastny (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (1), Jordan Leopold (1)
3 - 1 COL
02:47
COL
Milan Hejduk (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Smyth (1), Paul Stastny (3)
4 - 1 COL
07:48
COL
Marek Svatos (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Jeff Finger (1), Tyler Arnason (2)
5 - 1 COL
08:06
COL
Ryan Smyth (1) Wrap-around - ASST: Paul Stastny (4)
6 - 1 COL
17:53
SJS
PPG - Ryane Clowe (2) Tip-in - ASST: Steve Bernier (1), Matthew Carle (1)
6 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:12
COL
Milan Hejduk  Hi stick - double minor against  Milan Michalek
07:15
SJS
Joe Pavelski  Slashing against  Jaroslav Hlinka
14:55
SJS
Jeremy Roenick  Interference against  Jaroslav Hlinka
14:55
SJS
Marc-Edouard Vlasic  Hooking against  Jaroslav Hlinka
17:39
SJS
Joe Thornton  Holding against  Ben Guite
2nd Period
01:56
SJS
Marc-Edouard Vlasic  Cross checking against  Ryan Smyth
02:29
COL
John-Michael Liles  Interference against  Kyle McLaren
04:21
SJS
Jeremy Roenick  Too many men/ice - bench
11:14
COL
Jordan Leopold  Slashing against  Ryane Clowe
3rd Period
04:08
SJS
Douglas Murray  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
04:08
COL
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Douglas Murray
09:03
COL
Wyatt Smith  Hi-sticking against  Joe Pavelski
11:04
COL
Ryan Smyth  Hooking against  Torrey Mitchell
13:48
SJS
Craig Rivet  Unsportsmanlike conduct
13:48
SJS
Milan Michalek  Roughing against  Jeff Finger
13:48
COL
Jeff Finger  Roughing against  Milan Michalek
16:05
COL
Marek Svatos  Hooking against  Douglas Murray
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 23TOI: 48:06
Saves: 17EV: 14 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .739SH: 1 - 1
Dimitri Patzold
Dimitri Patzold
SA: 2TOI: 11:47
Saves: 2EV: 1 - 1
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .923SH: 4 - 4
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