Series (Game 2 of 5)

Colorado leads 4-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 19th
Game 2: Saturday, January 4th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 19th
Sharks9:00 PM
Game 4: Thursday, March 20th
Game 5: Monday, March 31st

Avalanche 6

(16-10-5, 46 pts)

Sharks 1

(15-17-3, 37 pts)

10:30 PM ET, January 4, 2003

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
COL 3 1 26
SJ 1 0 01

S. Reinprecht (Avalanche - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

P. Roy (Avalanche - G): Saves: 40, Save Pct.: .976

D. Morris (Avalanche - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Reinprecht gets hat trick in Avalanche's win

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Steve Reinprecht and Patrick Roy made it easy for Tony Granato to enjoy his return to San Jose.

Patrick Roy

Steve Reinprecht

Reinprecht scored three goals and Roy made 40 saves as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Sharks 6-1 on Saturday night.

"We knew in the back of our minds it was an emotional game for him,'' Reinprecht said. "It was also a big game for the team.''

Granato downplayed his return.

"We didn't come here for a visit,'' Granato said. "It was great coming back but winning was important. Patty made the saves when he had to and the guys finished their chances.''

Granato, 6-2-0-1 since replacing Bob Hartley as coach of the Avalanche, spent the last six seasons with the Sharks, five as a player and one as a broadcaster, before moving to Colorado.

Jeff Shantz, Dan Hinote and Rob Blake added goals to help the Avalanche beat the Sharks for the fourth consecutive time and seventh straight game in San Jose.

"Patrick stopped the rebounds,'' San Jose defenseman Dan McGillis said. "He's a good goalie and he stopped a lot of pucks. When we get those second opportunities we need to put them in the net.''

Roy, who missed the previous game because of the flu, said he felt better during practice Friday.

"It's just a matter of a few practices,'' he said. "My game seems to be back on track.''

Derek Morris and Alex Tanguay each had two assists for the Avalanche, 8-2-3 in their last 13 games against the Sharks.

Marco Sturm scored his 14th goal of the season for San Jose. The Sharks, who took a season-high 41 shots, lost consecutive games for the first time since Ron Wilson took over as coach Dec. 6.

"The difference in the game was Patrick Roy plain and simple,'' Wilson said. "He made all the key saves and we generated a lot of offense.''

The Avalanche scored three goals in their first five shots.

Reinprecht tied it at 1 at 3:35 of the first period, Shantz made it 2-1 with 6:49 left in the period, and Hinote scored with 3:57 remaining.

"It was all bounces,'' Reinprecht said. "You saw that the first one went off Joe Sakic's thigh and then to me. The second one just hit my stick and went in.''

Rob Blake, who missed Colorado loss to Florida on Thursday night because of back spasms, scored his seventh goal of the season early in the second period.

Reinprecht added two goals in the third period for his second career hat trick. He also had three goals against Atlanta on April 3.

"It's tough when you think you play OK,'' Sharks right wing Teemu Selanne said. "We had 40 shots so we know something was right. We just couldn't get on the board and that was frustrating.''

Game notes

Roy is 23-6-4 in his career against the Sharks. ... Colorado C Peter Forsberg played in his 500th game. ... Selanne assisted on Sturm's goal, his 100th point as a Shark. ... The Sharks have allowed 11 power-play goals in their last eight games and failed to score on 25 straight power-play opportunities. ... Sharks RW Owen Nolan has not had a point in seven of his last eight games.

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