Avalanche 4, Sharks 3, SO

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

DENVER (AP) - For some reason, the Colorado Avalanche are just about unbeatable in a shootout.

Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves, Gabriel Landeskog scored the decisive goal in the shootout and Colorado beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Matt Duchene, Stefan Elliott and Daniel Winnik had regulation goals for the Avalanche. Milan Hejduk also scored in the shootout.

The Avalanche improved to 5-0 in shootouts this season and are 16-1 since December 2009. Landeskog provided the latest winner when he beat Antti Niemi in the fifth round before Varlamov stopped Brad Winchester to end it.

"I had my plan to come down the right side and kind of go low block," Landeskog said. "Luckily it was open and got the shot off. It was a great feeling when I saw it go in."

It was the rookie's first chance in a shootout.

"It was clutch," Duchene said. "It's his first-ever shootout attempt and he goes in and buries it."

Hejduk scored on the first try of the shootout and Joe Pavelski tied it in the third round.

Niemi made 30 saves, Dan Boyle had a goal and an assist and Jamie McGinn and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks. San Jose is 2-5-2 in its last nine games.

"We left on the road four days ago, played three games and only gave up seven goals," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "Those are pretty good defensive numbers. You should come home with more than two points."

The Avalanche snapped a three-game losing streak and won their fourth straight at home.

"We're trying to recapture some momentum here at home and getting the extra point was critical," coach Joe Sacco said. "Had we not gotten the extra point, I think it would have been a little different mood in the locker room."

San Jose trailed 3-2 late and pressed for the equalizer, getting it with 22 seconds left. With Niemi off for an extra skater, Marleau chipped in a pass from Logan Couture to send the game to overtime.

"I don't think we should have been in that spot to begin with, but it was good to come back with that last-minute goal," Marleau said.

Duchene made it 3-2 with his 11th goal of the season with 8:09 left.

"Hedgie was able to find me in the seam and Landy was doing a great job screening," Duchene said. "I had some room up top and I was able to hit it."

Winnik made it 2-all with his fourth goal of the season and first since Nov. 4. He grabbed Erik Johnson's rebound in front of Niemi, skated around the back of the net and stuffed the puck into the open goal with 13:29 left in regulation.

San Jose tied it early in the second on a power play. With TJ Galiardi off for high sticking, Boyle sent a shot toward the Colorado net and McGinn tipped it past Varlamov at the 3:16 mark.

It was McGinn's seventh goal of the season.

Boyle gave the Sharks the lead with his second goal of the season. He pinched in, picked up Pavelski's rebound between the circles and beat Varlamov with a wrist shot with 6:21 left in the second period. But the Sharks couldn't hold the lead.

"Second game in a row we had the lead in the third and we gave it away," Boyle said. "It's something that's going to stick out."

Elliott broke a scoreless tie with a great individual effort late in the first period. The rookie picked up the puck in the Colorado end, skated through the Sharks defense and beat Niemi with a shot from the right circle with 16.6 seconds left. It was Elliott's third goal of the season.

The teams generated few quality chances before Elliott's goal. Both clubs had 11 shots in the period.

Notes: Colorado C Paul Stastny was back in the lineup after missing three games with a torso injury. ... The Sharks' power-play goal was their first in five games and second in the last nine. ... San Jose is 3-1 in shootouts this season.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
19:43COL Stefan Elliott (3) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
03:16SJS PPG - Jamie McGinn (7) ASST: Dan Boyle (12), Michal Handzus (8) 1 - 1 Tie
13:39SJS Dan Boyle (2) ASST: Joe Pavelski (10), Torrey Mitchell (4) 2 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
06:31COL Daniel Winnik (4) ASST: Erik Johnson (10), Kyle Quincey (14) 2 - 2 Tie
11:51COL PPG - Matt Duchene (11) ASST: Milan Hejduk (11), Ryan O'Reilly (16) 3 - 2 COL
19:38SJS Patrick Marleau (11) ASST: Logan Couture (10), Joe Thornton (19) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1COLMilan Hejduk - Goal
2SJSMichal Handzus - Save
3COLMatt Duchene - Save
4SJSMartin Havlat - Save
5COLRyan O'Reilly - Save
6SJSJoe Pavelski - Goal
7COLDavid Jones - Save
8SJSRyane Clowe - Save
9COLGabriel Landeskog - Goal
10SJSBrad Winchester - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDColorado AvalancheSan Jose Sharks
1Milan HejdukMichal Handzus
2Matt DucheneMartin Havlat
3Ryan O'ReillyJoe Pavelski
4David JonesRyane Clowe
5Gabriel LandeskogBrad Winchester
Three Stars of the Game
Matt Duchene
Matt Duchene
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 21:11
Stefan Elliott
Stefan Elliott
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:36
Dan Boyle
Dan Boyle
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 27:41
Penalty Summary
1st Period
11:46COL Cody McLeod  Charging against  Jason Demers
2nd Period
01:25COL TJ Galiardi  Hi-sticking against  Patrick Marleau
3rd Period
04:44COL Shane O'Brien  Interference on goalkeeper against  Antti Niemi
04:44SJS Martin Havlat  Hooking against  Shane O'Brien
10:16SJS Colin White  Holding against  Ryan O'Reilly
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/21/1
Faceoff Wins3626
Blocked Shots1517
Penalty Minutes46
5C. WhiteD0000217:43
8J. PavelskiC0124022:10
9M. HavlatR0001216:05
10B. WinchesterL0000011:14
12P. MarleauL1003022:05
17T. MitchellC0112014:43
19J. ThorntonC0121021:02
22D. BoyleD1125027:41
26M. HandzusC01-21014:56
28A. MurrayC000209:10
29R. CloweL0000017:13
39L. CoutureC0112017:59
44M. VlasicD0002024:07
60J. DemersD00-10017:40
61J. BraunD00-13021:01
64J. McGinnL10-12012:12
69A. DesjardinsL000009:32
88B. BurnsD00-12021:06
31A. Niemi3033.90963:46
3R. O'ByrneD00-10022:51
5S. O'BrienD00-12220:12
6E. JohnsonD0101019:35
8J. HejdaD0003024:40
9M. DucheneC10-13021:11
16J. McClementC0000017:20
22M. HunwickD000104:00
23M. HejdukR0100022:24
26P. StastnyC00-23021:16
27K. QuinceyD0112023:46
34D. WinnikL1014019:40
37R. O'ReillyC0103022:22
39T. GaliardiL0005214:46
42B. MaloneC000003:55
46S. ElliottD1011017:36
54D. JonesR0001013:32
55C. McLeodL000026:43
92G. LandeskogL0014018:34
1S. Varlamov2730.90064:46