SAN JOSE, Calif. — Philipp Grubauer was glorious once more Saturday night time, however opposing goalie Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks was simply pretty much as good and teammate Tomas Hertl made the performs that mattered in Sport 5 of the Avalanche-Sharks Western Convention semifinal sequence at SAP Middle.
Hertl’s two targets and Jones’ 21 saves spearheaded the Sharks’ 2-1 victory that gave San Jose a 3-2 lead within the sequence. Sport 6 is Monday night time on the Pepsi Middle in a possible elimination contest for the Avs.
San Jose broke a 1-1 tie 6:26 of the third interval with Hertl’s second objective of the sport. Hertl outmuscled Avs middle Nathan MacKinnon on the prime of the crease and put a backhander behind Grubauer.
MacKinnon had zero pictures after two durations and completed with only one late. He and Mikko Rantanen entered the sport with NHL-playoff-leading 13 factors, however each had their worst offensive performances of the postseason.
Shortly after Hertl’s game-winning objective, Grubauer turned tangled behind the online with Joe Thornton, and the confrontation led to Avs defenseman Nikita Zadorov taking a roughing minor for the one penalty of the skirmish. Colorado managed to kill off the penalty to stay one objective down.
The Avs struck first at 17:01 of the second interval, when Tyson Jost fed the puck to linemate J.T. Compher on the push and the latter put a shot on web. Jones left the rebound in entrance, and the puck bounced in off Jost’s left leg for his first profession playoff objective.
Colorado’s lead lasted simply 1:39. Tyson Barrie was whistled for interference at 18:54, and Hertl tied it with a power-play objective at 19:40. From atop the crease, Hertl redirected a shot from the purpose by Logan Couture.
The Avalanche caught a break early, when a objective by Sharks ahead Kevin Labanc was disallowed due to a penalty seconds earlier than the shot. Simply earlier than Lebanc put a wrister behind Grubauer, Timo Meier appeared to high-stick Mikko Rantanen within the face.
Referees spoke with officers in Toronto, and the objective was erased from the scoreboard and Meier took a seat within the penalty field. The Avs did not convert on the ability play however killed an ensuing San Jose man-advantage and was lucky to get out of the primary interval unscathed.
Footnotes. Avs ahead Matt Calvert was scratched with what most likely is an upper-body harm. Calvert missed Sport Three with an upper-body harm however returned in Sport four after being a game-time resolution. His situation may need worsened. Calvert was changed by Sven Andrighetto. … Sharks ahead Joonas Donskoi made his sequence debut after recovering from an harm. Ahead Dylan Gambrell, a former College of Denver standout, was scratched for the fourth straight recreation after making his NHL playoff debut within the sequence opener.