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Marleau’s Hat Trick Too Much For Avs To Overcome

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DENVER (AP) — Patrick Marleau had a hat trick, Thomas Greiss stopped 35 shots and the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Sunday night.

Joe Pavelski also scored, Mark-Edouard Vlasic had three assists and Joe Thornton added two assists for the Sharks, who have won three straight and five of their last six.

Matt Duchene had a goal and Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 14 saves for Colorado, which fell to 3-7 on home ice.

The Sharks controlled the play to start the second period and finally broke through on Marleau’s second goal of the game. Marleau scored when he redirected a shot by Vlasic with 12:20 left to make it 2-1.

Colorado pressed for the equalizer, outshooting the Sharks 9-1 over the next nine minutes, but San Jose struck again. Pavelski one-timed Thorton’s pass from behind the net to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead with 3:13 left in the second. It was Pavelski’s 11th goal of the season.

The Avalanche turned up their offense in the third in an attempt to get back into the game. Colorado outshot the Sharks 13-3 in the frame but couldn’t get one past Greiss.

The Avalanche had a 36-18 shot advantage in the game.

With San Jose on the power play, the Avalanche pulled Giguere with a little more than a minute left for an extra attacker. Marleau scored into the empty net with 43 seconds left to finish the hat trick. He has nine goals this season.

Colorado took a 1-0 lead on Matt Duchene’s team-leading ninth goal of the season with 12:35 left in the first. Duchene took a pass from Ryan Wilson and roofed a shot from the slot.

Marleau tied it with 7:44 left in the first period when he poked in a Vlasic rebound one second after the Avalanche killed off Kyle Quincey’s tripping minor.

Notes: The Sharks had six power-play chances to Colorado’s one in the game. … Avalanche D Shane O’Brien played in his 400th NHL game Sunday. … Giguere entered Sunday second in goals-against average (1.68) and sixth in save percentage (.934). … San Jose improved to 7-2 on the road.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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