|SJS||2||0||2||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|COL||1||2||1||1||(0 - 0)||5|
DENVER (AP) - John-Michael Liles redirected Ryan Wilson's shot into the net at 2:59 of overtime and the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks, 5-4, on Sunday night to gain ground in the race for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
The victory snapped the Avalanche's season-high four-game losing streak and gave the club a two-point lead over ninth-place Calgary, a 4-1 loser at Chicago on Sunday. Colorado has four games left, one more than Calgary.
The Sharks remained the top seed in the West, but the loss allowed Washington to clinch the Presidents' Trophy for the best regular-season record.
Peter Mueller, who had his third two-goal game since joining the Avalanche in a March 3 trade with Phoenix, left the game dazed after crashing into the boards following a check by San Jose defenseman Rob Blake late in regulation.
Down 2-0, Colorado scored four straight goals, going in front on Mueller's second goal of the night.
Matt Duchene set up the go-ahead score with a rush on net. He broke up the charge with a drop pass to the trailing Mueller, who wristed a shot from the right wing that got over Evgeni Nabokov's glove at 18:07 of the second.
Paul Stastny scored his 19th goal of the season 20 seconds into the third period, a power-play score, to put the Avalanche up by two goals.
But San Jose tied it at 4-4 on Patrick Marleau's 43rd goal of the season with 11:47 left. Joe Pavelski then evened the game on a rebound shot with 5:19 remaining.
Mueller, who has scored nine of his 12 goals this season while with the Avalanche, tied it at 2-2 earlier in the second with a shot from the upper right circle.
The Avalanche got on the board with a breakaway at 13:41 of the first period. After blocking a San Jose shot, Ryan O'Reilly rocketed a lead pass to the streaking Kyle Quincey, who beat Nabokov on the stick side with a wrist shot.
San Jose took a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Douglas Murray and Jamie McGinn 56 seconds apart. Murray buried a slap shot from the left point and McGinn wristed a shot from the left circle that got past goalie Craig Anderson.
NOTES: The four goals this season by San Jose defenseman Murray represents a career high. ... Colorado defenseman Adam Foote had an assist on Mueller's first goal of the evening for his 300th career point. ... Mueller has 20 points (6g/14a) in 15 games with the Avalanche. ... The Sharks and Avalanche split the four-game season series.
|Douglas Murray (4) Slapshot - ASST: Dan Boyle (43), Joe Thornton (67)|
1 - 0 SJS
|Jamie McGinn (9) Snap shot - ASST: Jed Ortmeyer (11), Torrey Mitchell (7)|
2 - 0 SJS
|Kyle Quincey (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (18)|
2 - 1 SJS
|Peter Mueller (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Adam Foote (9), Kyle Cumiskey (13)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Peter Mueller (13) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Duchene (31), Scott Hannan (14)|
3 - 2 COL
|PPG - Paul Stastny (19) Backhand shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (19), Peter Mueller (24)|
4 - 2 COL
|Patrick Marleau (43) Wrist shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (40), Joe Thornton (68)|
4 - 3 COL
|Joe Pavelski (24) Backhand shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (41), Ryane Clowe (36)|
4 - 4 Tie
|John-Michael Liles (6) Deflected shot - ASST: Ryan Wilson (15), Milan Hejduk (20)|
5 - 4 COL
|Kyle Quincey Tripping against Patrick Marleau|
|Stephane Yelle Tripping against Manny Malhotra|
|Stephane Yelle Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Ryane Clowe Interference on goalkeeper against Craig Anderson|
|Rob Blake Tripping against Paul Stastny|
|Scott Nichol Slashing against Cody McLeod|
|Dany Heatley Interference against Kyle Quincey|
|Marc-Edouard Vlasic Interference against Paul Stastny|
|Ryane Clowe Holding the stick against Scott Hannan|
|Marc-Edouard Vlasic Game misconduct|
|SA: 40||TOI: 62:46|
|Saves: 35||EV: 24 - 28|
|PIM: 0||PP: 10 - 11|
|SV%: .875||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 22||TOI: 61:53|
|Saves: 18||EV: 15 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .818||SH: 0 - 0|