Avalanche 3, Sharks 2 (OT)

Michael Kelly, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DENVER -- Matt Duchene scored just as overtime was ending, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Sunday night.
Duchene won it when he knocked in a rebound before the horn sounded. After a short review, the Avalanche celebrated their second straight win.
Duchene had two goals, Ryan O'Reilly also scored, and P.A. Parenteau had two assists for Colorado (10-10-4). Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves.
San Jose's Antti Niemi stopped 39 shots, and Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks (11-7-6).
Duchene has been Colorado's best player this season, and he has piled up the points in the past three games. He has four goals and three assists in that short span, and leads the team with 11 goals and 26 points.
None was bigger than the winner Sunday. He floated a backhand over Niemi's left pad for the dramatic win.
The Sharks found themselves down 2-0 a night after blowing a two-goal, third-period lead in a 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.
Duchene scored on the power play 6:47 into the game to get Colorado on the board. In the second, O'Reilly made it a two-goal game when he redirected a pass from Aaron Palushaj past Niemi. It was O'Reilly's second goal of the season and second in as many games.
The Sharks capitalized after Colorado iced the puck twice in the final minute of the second period. The tired Avalanche group couldn't get to the bench before Marleau tipped Justin Braun's shot from the point past Varlamov with 40 seconds left in the second.
It was Marleau's 13th goal of the season and the 400th of his career. He hadn't scored in his previous six games.
Couture sent the game to overtime with his 10th goal of the season at 16:35 of the third.
NOTES: Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson was activated and in the lineup after missing 15 games with an ankle injury. He was paired with Erik Johnson, who came off the injured list Friday. ... Colorado forward Milan Hejduk was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to March 3, with a torso injury. ... Marleau put 21 shots on goal during his six-game goalless drought. ... Parenteau's assist in the first period gave him a career-best six-game points streak. ... Varlamov has started all 11 games at Pepsi Center. He improved to 8-2-1 at home.

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