DENVER (AP) -Steve Bernier, Milan Michalek and Mike Grier each scored, and Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves to lead the San Jose Sharks over the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Monday night.
Jose Theodore had 25 saves, and Milan Hejduk and Andrew Brunette had goals for Colorado, which fell to San Jose for the second time in four nights.
Bernier made it 2-1 midway through the second period. He took a pass from Joe Thornton, who had two assists, near the left circle, stickhandled around Colorado defenseman Brett Clark and sent a shot under Theodore's right arm with 10:40 left.
The Avalanche almost tied it two minutes later, but Nabokov stopped a one-timer by Tyler Arnason.
Colorado pressured the Sharks throughout the third period, and Nabokov had to make several key saves. His biggest stop came on a shot by Clark with 40 seconds left and Theodore on the bench for an extra attacker.
The Sharks got the insurance goal they needed when Mike Grier's shot from the blue line hopped over Theodore's left shoulder with 11:30 remaining.
It proved to be the winner when Brunette scored off the faceoff from the left circle with 3:05 left.
The Avalanche outshot San Jose 16-8 in the third period.
Michalek got San Jose on the board first with his eighth goal of the season. The lead didn't last. Off the ensuing faceoff, Hejduk skated down the right side of the Sharks zone and beat Nabokov with a shot up high 12 seconds after Michalek scored.
The Sharks nearly took the lead three minutes into the second period when Joe Pavelski stole the puck from Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles and had a breakaway attempt. Theodore made the save to keep the score tied at 1.
Notes: Avalanche C Joe Sakic (groin injury) was scratched for the second straight game. Before missing Saturday's 5-2 win at Los Angeles, Sakic had played in 232 consecutive games. ... Thornton has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in the last three games. Five of those points have come against the Avalanche, including two goals and an assist Friday.