Sharks-Avs, Final Shot Totals

DENVER, CO - APRIL 24 : Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates a goal by teammate Dan Boyle (not pictured) that tied the game 2-2 at that point in the third period of Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Sharks won the game 5-2 and took the series 4-2. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)


Here are the shot totals for and against the Sharks with the game tied, or within one goal, for the entire six-game series:

 

-1 0 +1 -1 0 +1 -1 0 +1
TOI TOI TOI SF SF SF SA SA SA
Game 6 304 1233 2133 4 23 31 0 10 30
Game 5 0 1705 116 0 35 2 0 20 2
Game 4 0 2889 1335 0 57 24 0 43 16
Game 3 0 3651 0 0 93 0 0 33 0
Game 2 2438 1484 0 75 14 0 24 13 0
Game 1 971 2629 0 12 45 0 13 32 0
Totals 3713 13591 3584 91 267 57 37 151 48
Corsi 71.1 63.9 54.3

 

Given that the Sharks were #2 in the league at outshooting their opponents in tie, road games this season, while the Avs were 30th, it's no surprise that the Sharks outshot the Avs no matter what the score was.

The goal-scoring table doesn't look much different than it used to:

 

-1 0 +1 -1 0 +1
GF GF GF GA GA GA
Goals 7 6 2 0 9 2
Shots 91 267 57 37 151 48
S% 7.7 2.2 3.5 0.0 6.0 4.2

 

The irony is that while the Sharks couldn't buy a goal while the game was tied, Craig Anderson's performance wasn't great when the Avs were up one goal.  So between a 7.7% shooting percentage and taking 71% of total shots when they were down, the Sharks could come back at will (if ever there was damning with faint praise...)

A less extreme pair of teams might not have come to the expected outcome in six games, but Colorado was just so extreme at giving up scoring chances and not getting them that the outcome in this series was unavoidable.

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