Originally written January 26, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- One big check woke up the Sharks on Saturday. Defenseman Brad Stuart met Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog with a booming check in open ice, and his Sharks teammates took advantage of retaliation that resulted in power-play time for San Jose. Patrick Marleau's two power-play goals led the hosts to a 4-0 win over the Avalanche as San Jose won for a fourth straight time to start the lockout-shortened season. San Jose backup goalie Thomas Greiss made his first appearance of the season a memorable one as he stopped all 24 Colorado shots for the first shutout of his 39-game career. Landeskog, the league's Calder Trophy winner last season, had just let go of the puck when Stuart stepped into him with a jolt that sent the talented young Avs forward to the ice at 15:35. Ryan O'Byrne engaged Stuart immediately but drew a pair of minors for instigation and fighting with a face shield. Limited to only three shots beforehand, the Sharks exploded to score...
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