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Sharks 4, Avalanche 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Sharks 4, Avalanche 3
Colorado Avalanche 3, San Jose Sharks 4

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Devin Setoguchi had two goals and the San Jose Sharks - without injured leading scorer Joe Thornton - beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Sunday night.

Thornton, tops on the team with 66 assists and 85 points, sat out Sunday after being knocked out in the second period of Saturday's win over Vancouver by an undisclosed lower-body injury. Thornton had played in 398 consecutive games.

He hadn't missed one since Oct. 18, 2005, when he sat out the last of three games because of a back injury.

San Jose (47-19-10) has a four-point lead over Phoenix in the race for the Pacific Division title.

Colorado, the eighth-place team in the West, leads Calgary by four points at the postseason cutoff line.

Setoguchi scored his second of the game when Joe Pavelski's shot bounced off his shin and squirted past goalie Craig Anderson with 5:49 remaining in the contest.

Colorado tied it at 3-3 with 10:57 left when Peter Mueller scored his second of the game. After Kyle Cumiskey blasted a shot from the blue line that rang off the post, it deflected off Mueller's stick and past Sharks netminder Thomas Greiss.

San Jose grabbed a 3-2 lead in the third period when defenseman Dan Boyle caromed a shot off Avalanche defenseman Ruslan Salei with 15:28 remaining.

The Sharks had gotten even at 2-2 with 1:23 to go in the second when Jed Ortmeyer netted his eighth goal of the season and his first since Jan. 23.

Mueller gave Colorado a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal with 7:18 remaining in the second when he blasted a feed from rookie Matt Duchene, who earned his 29th assist. Duchene set up two goals and leads NHL rookies with 53 points.

Colorado tied it at 1-1 earlier in the period when Kevin Porter grabbed a rebound of Cody McLeod's backhander and tapped it through Greiss' legs with 18:40 left in the second period.

Setoguchi scored the Sharks' first goal on a power play with 9:09 left in the first.

NOTES: Anderson set a Colorado record for goalies by playing in his 66th game. The previous mark was set by Patrick Roy during the 1997-98 season. ... Sharks C Manny Malhotra was in the lineup despite breaking his nose Saturday against Vancouver.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Devin Setoguchi (18) ASST: Dan Boyle (40), Dany Heatley (38)
1 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
Kevin Porter (2) ASST: Cody McLeod (8), Ruslan Salei (3)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Peter Mueller (10) ASST: Matt Duchene (29), Chris Stewart (33)
2 - 1 COL
Jed Ortmeyer (8) ASST: Logan Couture (3), Douglas Murray (11)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
Dan Boyle (15) ASST: NONE
3 - 2 SJS
Peter Mueller (11) ASST: Kyle Cumiskey (12), Milan Hejduk (18)
3 - 3 Tie
Devin Setoguchi (19) ASST: Joe Pavelski (25), Ryane Clowe (34)
4 - 3 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
Matt Hendricks  Roughing against  Brad Staubitz
Brad Staubitz  Roughing against  Matt Hendricks
Brad Staubitz  Roughing against  Matt Hendricks
Kyle Quincey  Slashing against  Ryane Clowe
2nd Period
Jamie McGinn  Interference against  Brett Clark
Jed Ortmeyer  Hi-sticking against  Kyle Cumiskey
3rd Period
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
SA: 32TOI: 58:08
Saves: 28EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Thomas Greiss
Thomas Greiss
SA: 45TOI: 60:00
Saves: 42EV: 35 - 37
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
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