Grubauer makes 21 saves in return, Avalanche shut out Sharks


DENVER — Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves, and Mikko Rantanen had a goal and two assists for the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-0 win against the San Jose Sharks at Ball Arena on Friday.

It was the first game out of NHL COVID-19 protocol for Grubauer, Rantanen and forward Joonas Donskoi, who had an assist. Grubauer and Donskoi each missed five games after testing positive. Rantanen, a forward, missed four games because of contact tracing.

Cale Makar had a goal and an assist for Colorado (32-12-4), which ended a three-game losing streak and is 13-0-1 in its past 14 at home.

Martin Jones made 33 saves for San Jose (20-25-5), which lost for the first time in three games but is 2-8-1 in its past 11.

It was the first of a four-game series; the teams are scheduled to play again here Saturday and at San Jose on Monday and Wednesday.

Gabriel Landeskog gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 11:13 of the first period, tipping in Makar’s point shot on a power play.

Makar made it 2-0 at 13:13 with a shot from the right point on a power play.

San Jose’s Tomas Hertl scored on a power play at 10:09 of the third period, but Colorado coach Jared Bednar challenged for offside, and the goal was overturned after video review showed Alexander Barabanov batted the puck into the Avalanche zone at 10:03 with Evander Kane in an offside position.

Rantanen scored an empty-net goal with 1:39 left for the 3-0 final.

Colorado defensemen Ryan Graves and Samuel Girard each left the game with an injury. Graves exited in the first period with an upper-body injury, and Girard left in the third with an undisclosed injury.

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