San Jose Sharks can't keep up with firepower in 6-2 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche

Dec 17, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) attempts a shot
Dec 17, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) attempts a shot / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

William Eklund's points and Tomas Hertl's two-goal tally were all that we have to take from this game in terms of the positives. The San Jose Sharks were not able to keep up with the firepower the Colorado Avalanche have, and it got out of hand quickly. A 6-2 defeat in Denver completes this long spell of eight road games out of the last nine played.

It was a disappointing night for the San Jose Sharks in the Mile High City. Unable to keep up with the firepower that this Colorado Avalanche team possesses, it was quite quickly too much for the boys in teal and they were unable to perform their past miraculous comebacks to get anything from tonight.

Valeri Nichuskin would open the scoring on the Avalanche powerplay. A cross-crease pass from Jonathan Drouin left the Russian winger all alone at the back post. He wasn't going to make a mistake left in that close. San Jose were behind one nothing, and that was just the floodgates opening in Denver. Things would get a whole lot worse before we saw any improvement.

Once again on the powerplay. Devon Toews set Nathan MacKinnon up on the left circle. He fired a pass low at the stick of Mikko Rantanen and Rantanen was able to flick it over the glove of Mackenzie Blackwood to make it 2-0, and really start to rub salt into the open wounds of the Sharks.

Colorado would make it 3-0 on a rush chance. Ross Colton dropped the puck back to Miles Wood. Wood would beat Blackwood at the near post from the left circle and the former Devils forward solves his former Devils netminder. It was 3-0 and even for a team with the bounceback ability of the Sharks, this felt like it would be tough.

It would be even more difficult when the Sharks went 4-0 down. Henry Thrun couldn't get the puck out of the zone and Nathan Mackinnon would ring the post with a shot that Blackwood knocked in accidentally. It was now 4-0 and the monumental ask the Sharks were already facing now looked like Mount Everest.

Tomas Hertl would break the Georgiev shutout on a powerplay. Alexander Barabanov got the puck back to the point for Mikael Granlund to load up and fire. Hertl tipped it over Georgiev as he was falling to the ice, and it was now a 4-1 game. If the Sharks were going to get anything out of this game, they were going to need a lot more of that.

San Jose once again couldn't clear the zone. Andrew Cogliano tipped a shot wide that ended up back at the point with Caleb Jones. Jones shot rebounded out to Ryan Johansen who couldn't miss with a gaping net looking into his eyes. He potted it and the Sharks were now 5-1 down, needing a lot to go right to get back into this one.

Tomas Hertl would get one back on the powerplay. Mikael Granlund would set the puck up for a William Eklund one timer. That was stopped but Hertl cleaned the loose change up to make it a 5-2 game. It still looked like an impossible task with about 10 minutes left in the game, but the Sharks have tended to ignore possbilities in their comebacks this season.

Colorado would hit the empty net goal. Nathan MacKinnon would steal the puck and deposit it from the red line. At this point, the Sharks knew it was over. Back-to-back road losses to put a dampner on the good mood and feeling that has bee building with this team. Next time they are in action will be on Tuesday night at home to the Los Angeles Kings.