Apr 15, 2010 10:33 AM
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Chris Stewart's shot deflected off San Jose defender Rob Blake's skate and into the net with 50 seconds left in regulation to give the Colorado Avalanche a 2-1 victory Wednesday night in the opener of the first-round series.
The loss was just the latest playoff disappointment for the Sharks, who have made a bad habit of following up stellar regular seasons with early postseason exits. San Jose has lost Game 1 at home in its past four playoff series.
This was especially shocking, considering it came against an eighth-seeded Avalanche team that had the worst record in the Western Conference a year ago.
But with a second-period goal by John-Michael Liles, 25 saves from playoff novice Craig Anderson and a fortunate bounce off the skate of one of its former star players in Blake, the Avalanche are off to a roaring playoff start.
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