Anderson was simply splendid in net all night, stopping 51 shots.
Anderson and San Jose's
Nabokov didn't have much a chance on the winner. He was hugging the post when Boyle tried to send the puck around the boards as O'Reilly pursued him. The puck wound up sneaking in between Nabokov and the post.
"We didn't beat their goalie," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We found a way to beat ours."
Game 4 is Tuesday night in Denver.
Anderson is used to seeing a large volume of pucks, leading the
He never blinked, even when San Jose outshot Colorado 42-7 in the final two periods. He was sprawling and diving all over the ice the entire game.
"When you work hard and you stay positive, good results happen and you get the lucky bounces," Anderson said. "It's remarkable."
The Sharks are a team with heavy expectations, especially after a string of early postseason exits.
The weight just became a little heavier.
It was a sentiment shared by the Sharks after a game that ended on such a quirky play.
Nabokov thought the puck nicked O'Reilly's stick as Boyle went to pass it behind the net. O'Reilly felt as if he may have ticked it, too.
"I think so," the Avalanche rookie said. "Some days you get breaks like that."
The Avalanche have certainly received their fair share of beneficial bounces in this series. In Game 1, a puck deflected into the net off the skate of Rob Blake with 50 seconds left to propel Colorado to a 2-1 win.
"Overall, they outplayed us today," O'Reilly said. "Andy kept us in it. Andy deserved this one."
"Andy" is the nickname of Anderson, the name the crowd kept chanting.
"He's been great all season long for us," Avs coach Joe Sacco said.
The Sharks were missing a big piece of their offense as
So far this series, they've been stymied, failing to find the net.
Taking Heatley's place on the line was
The Avalanche lost a valuable offensive contributor early in the game as well when
Hejduk was helped off the ice and straight into the locker room.
San Jose pounced all over the Avalanche in the second period, outshooting them 21-3.
Try as they might, the Sharks couldn't sneak anything past Anderson. Setoguchi, who scored the overtime winner in Game 2, tried to ram in a puck on the doorstep of the goal, only to have Anderson quickly close the opening with his right skate.
It was just one of many highlight-reel worthy saves the two netminders turned in during the period.
Although Nabokov didn't face many shots in the second period, he had a sensational save on a breakaway by
When Galiardi did, Nabokov was in proper position, sending the shot - and Galiardi - careening off to the side of the net.
As for the one that got past him, he tried to shrug it off.
"We can't change what happened," Nabokov said. "We should be proud of ourselves, the way we played. Sometimes, you have to tip your hat to Anderson. He played really well and he kept them in there."
In the locker room after the game,
"It's unfortunate. It happens," Vlasic said. "It's not his fault and nobody blames him."