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Sharks' Havlat hat trick halts Avalanche, 5-1

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The San Jose Sharks used a natural hat trick by Martin Havlet to beat the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1, Friday night at the SAP Center in San Jose. Dan Boyle opened the scoring at 3:01 of the first period and Patrick Marleau added another goal at 10:31 to take 2-0 lead into the second period for the Sharks.

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Havlet scored all three goals less than ten minutes apart in the 3rd period for his sixth career hat trick and first in nearly nine years. “He’s one of those guys who’s had a rough season, but we need him to be a scorer for us,” captain Dan Boyle said.

Patrick Bordeleau scored off a rebounded save late in the second period to get the Avalanche close at 2-1 before Havlat’s third period hat trick put the game on ice for the Sharks.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan had the services of Tomas Hertl for the first time in over four months. Hertl had knee surgery earlier in December stemming from a knee-to-knee collision with L.A. King’s Dustin Brown. “Tomas is quite a bit better than we thought he might be,” McLellan said.

The Avalanche almost tied the score in the second period when P.A. Parenteau, fresh from the penalty box, took a head man pass in stride for a breakaway but Sharks' goalie, Alex Stalock made an athletic kick-save with his left pad to thwart the scoring opportunity. Stalock made 32 saves for his 12th victory this season.

The Sharks already know they’ll play the L.A. Kings on the first round of the playoffs while the Avalanche is still working for playoff positioning that will be decided over the last weekend of the season. The Avalanche was trying to secure the best record in their division but now need to win against Anaheim or have St. Louis lose to Detroit on Sunday for that honor.

The Sharks won their last home game on fan appreciation night before they head to Phoenix for the final game of the season Saturday night.

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