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.
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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