Avalanche shut out Sharks, sweep two-game set

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DENVER — Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves for the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-0 win against the San Jose Sharks at Ball Arena on Thursday.

Nazem Kadri had two goals and an assist, Andre Burakovsky scored and Brandon Saad had two assists for Colorado (5-3-0), which swept the two-game set after a 7-3 win here Tuesday.

Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves for San Jose (3-5-0).

Kadri gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 9:55 of the third period, scoring from low in the right circle following a scramble in front of the net.

Burakovsky made it 2-0 at 11:53 when he redirected Kadri’s centering pass at the top of the crease.

Kadri increased the lead to 3-0 with a power-play goal at 18:54 when he redirected Cale Makar‘s point shot. 

Avalanche forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare sustained a lower-body injury in the first period after Ryan Donato lost an edge and fell into him.

Sharks forward Patrick Marleau played his 1,731st NHL game to tie Ron Francis for fourth in League history.

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