Morris had a goal and three assists and Joe Sakic also scored as the Avalanche beat San Jose for the seventh
straight time. Milan Hejduk scored his 11th goal of the season,
second-most in the NHL, to keep Colorado unbeaten in five games.
Selanne wasn't welcomed back in his first regular-season game in
San Jose since rejecting his contract option with the Sharks to
sign with Colorado for less money.
The Finnish Flash spent parts of three seasons with the Sharks,
leading them in scoring twice while playing every game in the last
two seasons -- but his former fans booed him every time he touched
Sakic put Colorado ahead early in the third period with his
fourth goal of the season on a graceful play behind the Sharks'
defense, but Patrick Marleau tied it for San Jose moments later
with a rebound goal.
Just six seconds into a Colorado power play midway through the
third, Selanne deflected Rob Blake's shot past Evgeni Nabokov for
his third goal.
Wayne Primeau and Marco Sturm scored for the Sharks, who
returned from a mediocre seven-game road trip to begin a stretch
with six of seven games at the Shark Tank -- where they're still
winless in six games this season.
Nabokov made 27 saves for San Jose, which failed to earn a point
for the first time in six games.
David Aebischer stopped 26 shots and survived the Sharks'
extra-skater flurry in the final seconds of his eighth victory for
Peter Forsberg, the defending NHL scoring champion and MVP, was
a last-minute scratch from Colorado's star-laden lineup. After
skating with his teammates before the game, he was sidelined because of a groin injury that also kept him out of three games earlier in
The Avalanche went up 2-1 on a power play late in the second
period, catching Nabokov out of position. Hejduk received a pass
from Morris and scored easily from the slot for his third goal in
The Sharks tied it moments later when Sturm tucked home Vincent Damphousse's deflected shot.
The Avalanche also played without LW Paul Kariya, out with
a sprained wrist since Oct. 21, and D Adam Foote, out for a week with a hamstring injury. ... Hejduk has eight goals in 10 games and has scored a point in 10 of 11. ... Sharks LW Scott Thornton played his 700th NHL game. ... Colorado LW Steve Konowalchuk turned 31.
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Arena: SAP Center Location: San Jose, California
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Dave Jackson Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 16,262 (92.9% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Wayne Primeau (3)
Assists: Scott Hannan, Nils Ekman
Derek Morris (1)
Assists: Alex Tanguay, Joe Sakic
Milan Hejduk (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Derek Morris, Rob Blake
Marco Sturm (3)
Assists: Vincent Damphousse, Patrick Marleau
Joe Sakic (3)
Assists: Alex Tanguay, Derek Morris
Patrick Marleau (5)
Assists: Vincent Damphousse, Brad Stuart
Teemu Selanne (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Rob Blake, Derek Morris