Led by 28-year-old Evgeni Nabokov the Sharks were a better team than the star-filled Avalanche.
Joe Sakic kept the Avalanche thinking they can be the third team to overcome a three games to none deficit.
David Aebischer didn't look sharp in Game 1 against the Sharks, especially in his side-to-side movement.
The Avalanche are reportedly just waiting for a reason to hire former Colorado assistant Joel Quenneville.
Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic and Markus Naslund are just some of the candidates for the Hart Trophy at the halfway point.
Alex Tanguay leads his better-known teammates and all but one other NHL player in scoring this season.
It's still early, but the Avalanche have looked disorganized nearly as often as they've been powerful.
Last year, the Wild came back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Avs en route to the Western Conference finals.
Joining Colorado in the offseason has made 33-year-old Teemu Selanne feel young again.
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Colorado's signing of Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne left 29 other general managers bitter or jealous or both.
Years of trading first-round picks for playoff help may cost the Avs and Wings a shot at the draft's premier talent.
If they lose tonight at Minnesota, the Avs will extend their NHL record by playing in five consecutive seven-game playoff series.