Less than a week ago, Shawn Matthias and Nick Spaling scoring the first two goals in a game — and Roman Polak failing to register anything more than three hits — would have obviously been events from the most recent Toronto Maple Leafs game.However, when they earned those stats last night, the Leafs had the night off.Toronto traded Polak and Spaling to the San Jose Sharks, while Matthias ended up with the Colorado Avalanche.

And in the first 13 minutes of the game, ex-Leafs Spaling and Matthias has scored the first goal of the game for their respective teams.

Despite the fact that the Sharks were 25-2-1 this season after scoring the first goal, the Avs came back and forced the Sharks into overtime and then a shootout, where Colorado finally put San Jose away.

Coming to Wednesday night’s game, the Avs were 4-5-1 during the month of February. At the conclusion of Wednesday night’s NHL action, with a record of 32-27-4, the Avs are ranked eighth overall in the Western Conference.

They are fifth in the Central Division, 14 points behind Division and Conference leaders, the Dallas Stars.

San Jose, meanwhile, sits at sixth place in the Western Conference with a record of 32-21-6.

They are third overall in the Pacific Division, just four points behind the division-leading Los Angeles Kings.

With 20 games left in the regular season, it’s quite possible that the Sharks could end up with a top 4 seeding for the NHL Playoffs, as only six points separate the eighth-place Avs (68) and third-place Kings (74).

As the Avalanche try to remain within Playoff contention, the Minnesota Wild will be right on their heels (64), and even a short win streak for Arizona Coyotes (60) could knock Colorado out of the post-season.

The first period of play in Wednesday night’s game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The Sharks’ newly-acquired forward Spaling shot the puck through a defender’s legs and bounced it off of the top goal post for the first goal of the game at just .

At , Colorado’s newly-acquired forward Matthias tied things up (with assists from Carl Soderberg and Francois Beauchemin).