SAN JOSE – Alex Stalock wasn’t tested a whole lot against Colorado on Wednesday. Credit the Sharks defense for taking care of its own end against an Avalanche team that looked like its playing out the string before summer vacation.
Still, Stalock continued to give the team steady minutes in goal. He’s now 3-0-1 in his last four starts, including three in a row, with a 1.20 goals-against average and .945 save percentage.
He allowed only Matt Duchene’s goal from a difficult angle on the power play in the Sharks’ 5-1 win, making 19 saves on 20 shots.
"I thought he played well again,” Todd McLellan said. “He probably wants to have the goal back. That would probably be the first thing he'd tell you. But other than that he made some really solid saves.
“I thought the group around him played well for him, didn't give them many second or third opportunities, blocked a fair number of shots. It was overall a really good team game."
The 27-year-old got the call again partly because Antti Niemi was apparently still under the weather, but Stalock, who is himself battling a through a hacking cough, has also earned that time in the net with his play.
His current stat line of 8-7-1 with a 2.47 GAA and .907 SP is now much more appealing since just before his current run of success began on March 2, when Stalock was 5-7-1 with a 2.85 GAA and .899 SP.
“He’s been good,” Logan Couture said. “I’ve seen and been with Al for awhile, and I saw him in the minors where we’d go on runs where he’s unbeatable most nights. It seems like that’s the way he is right now. It’s nice to see when a goalie gets hot like that.”