NHL Playoffs: Philipp Grubauer Shuts Out the San Jose Sharks, Series Tied 2-2

The Colorado Avalanche had a complete team effort win in Game 4. They came out skating hard and didn’t stop until the 60 minutes were up. The Avs needed to play with desperation or they would have been down 3-1 in the series and most likely, the San Jose Sharks would have finished them off at home. The Sharks played okay in the first period and had some good looks, but really didn’t have any zone time and turned the puck over a numerous amount of times. It was even in chances and both Martin Jones and Philipp Grubauer saves a couple of Grade A chances.

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In the second period, the Avs were a legit Avalanche on the Sharks. Colorado outchanced San Jose 12-5 and the ice was tilted the whole period. Jones could only save so much and team teal got away with some great looks from the Avalanche. It was only a matter of time before Colorado broke the ice and they did halfway through the period. Nathan MacKinnon swatted in a rebound opportunity to put the Avs up 1-0.

MacKinnon has been killing it this postseason and he now has at least a point in eight straight playoff games. Now the only real opportunity the Sharks had in this period was during a 5 on 4 power play. Erik Karlsson was tripped in the center of the ice and the refs for whatever reason didn’t call it. If this gets called, who knows, maybe we are talking about a different outcome because the Sharks would have had a 5 on 3 power play for a good minute.

Anyway, San Jose started the third on a power play and didn’t set up once. Later in the period, Colorado capitalized on their power play chance. As the puck pinballed in the slot area, Mikko Rantanen did a between the legs pass to Colin Wilson by the crease, and Wilson put the puck in easily. From there, the Avs continued to out-hustle the Sharks, intercept the bad passes, and block the numerous amount of San Jose slap shots late. Colorado added an empty netter and got the 3-0 win. Now it’s a best of three series and the Sharks looked dead tired in this game. Might have been the altitude getting to them, but expect them to have a better effort at the tank on Saturday.

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