Sharks 5, Avalanche 4 (SO)

Ross McKeon, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Center Logan Couture and left winger Patrick Marleau scored in the shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a wild 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.
A wild end featured the two teams combining for three goals in 91 seconds during the final two minutes of regulation.
San Jose center Joe Pavelski scored his 15th goal of the season with 19.6 seconds left to tie it 4-4. Center Joe Thornton picked up his third assist of the game with a pass from behind the Colorado goal as San Jose had its goalie pulled for an extra attacker.
Just a minute earlier, Colorado center John Mitchell beat San Jose goalie Antti Niemi from a bad angle at 18:21 after defenseman Erik Johnson scored from the left point with an extra attacker at 18:09. The Sharks had just killed a Marleau penalty before Johnson struck with a goal that slipped between the pads of Niemi.
The Sharks tilted the ice in the second period to turn a one-goal deficit after one into a 3-2 lead after two. San Jose outshot Colorado 21-5 while enjoying several extended shifts in the visitors' end.
The hosts tied the game 2-2 when right winger Brent Burns scored for just the second time in 12 games. His blast from the top of the right circle off a feed from Thornton beat Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov at 5:53.
And with right winger Nathan MacKinnon off for high-sticking, San Jose converted its second straight power play in less than 40 seconds of man-advantage time. Defenseman Matt Irwin's blast from the left point eluded Varlamov, who was screened by Marleau at 13:02.
The Avalanche took advantage of early mistakes by the Sharks to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
It took the visitors 41 seconds to convert the game's first power play into a 1-0 lead. With San Jose right winger Tommy Wingels off for tripping MacKinnon, it was the Avalanche rookie who capitalized on the penalty he drew.
MacKinnon sent a wrong-foot wrist shot from above the right circle that deflected off the stick of penalty-killing Shark center Andrew Desjardins and past Niemi at 11:05.
The Sharks evened the score by converting their first power play minutes later, breaking an 0-for-12 drought over the previous four games in the process. Defenseman Jason Demers one-timed a Thornton feed past Varlamov at 13:59, just 38 seconds after Andre Benoit elbowed James Sheppard.
But Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog scored in the final minute of the period when San Jose defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Demers got caught out of position while the forwards had a bad change following an extended possession in the Colorado end.
NOTES: Sharks LW Tomas Hertl will undergo a surgical procedure next week to determine the extent of damage to his right knee. He was hurt Dec. 19 when he collided with Los Angeles RW Dustin Brown. Initially thought to be out a month, Hertl will now miss more time, according to San Jose GM Doug Wilson. Hertl was the league's leading scorer among rookies with 15 goals and 25 points at the time of his injury. ... Colorado C Matt Duchene was named the NHL's third star of the week. He had nine points in four games, including four consecutive multiple-point performances. ... RW Raffi Torres (right ACL surgery) and RW Adam Burish (back surgery) remain out for San Jose. RW Alex Tanguay (sprained knee) was out for Colorado. ... The Sharks and Avalanche play twice more, with both games at Pepsi Center, Jan. 4 and March 29.

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