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NHL: San Jose 5, Colorado 4 (SO)

Dec. 24, 2013 at 1:53 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Joe Pavelski tied the game on a goal with 19.6 seconds left Monday and San Jose went on to post a wild 5-4 win over Colorado in a shootout.

The Sharks held a 3-2 lead with 1:09 remaining in the third period but the Avalanche got goals from Erik Johnson and John Mitchell just 12 seconds apart to grab the lead.

San Jose pulled its goalie for a sixth attacker and notched the equalizer when Joe Thornton got control of the puck behind the net and threaded the puck onto the stick of Pavelski, who fired a shot into the far corner of the net.

After a scoreless overtime, Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored in the tiebreaker, sending the Sharks into the holiday break with a third win in four games.

Brett Burns had a goal and two assists, Matt Irwin provided a goal and an assist and Thorton set up three goals for San Jose.

Antti Niemi stopped 29-of-33 shots.

Johnson finished with a goal and an assist while Gabriel Landeskog, Nate McKinnon and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Avalanche.

Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves.

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