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Avalanche 4, Sharks 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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

DENVER (AP) - Kevin Porter scored on a breakaway with 2:53 remaining in overtime and the Colorado Avalanche rallied for a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Porter broke free from Sharks defenseman Kent Huskins and beat goalie Antero Niittymaki with a low shot as Porter was tumbling to the ice.

Trailing 3-1 midway through the third period, the Avalanche tied up the game on goals from Chris Stewart and Paul Stastny.

Kevin Shattenkirk also scored for the Avalanche, his first NHL goal. Peter Budaj finished with 40 saves, including a flurry in the closing seconds of regulation.

Logan Couture, Dan Boyle and Mike Moore added goals for the Sharks, who had their winning streak halted at three games.

Niittymaki wasn't tested often, facing just 22 shots.

Moore was called up before the game from Worcester of the American Hockey League. He scored his first NHL goal on a shot that deflected and trickled through the pads of Budaj in the second period.

Jamie McGinn nearly added another goal early in the third period, batting in the puck, but the goal was disallowed as he struck it above the crossbar. A video replay upheld the referee's decision.

For the second straight game, the Avalanche surrendered a goal in the opening minute.

With Budaj sprawled out on the ice and searching behind him for the puck, Couture reached his stick into the goal area and poked it into the net.

The Sharks had a chance for more, but couldn't capitalize on four power plays in the first period, including a double-minor on Brandon Yip after his stick caught McGinn in the nose. McGinn spent a few minutes on the bench with an ice pack pressed against his face to staunch the bleeding before returning.

Near the end of the period, the Avalanche tied the game when Shattenkirk grabbed a Milan Hejduk pass on a power play and shot it over the shoulder of Niittymaki.

Craig Anderson returned to practice but won't rush back from a balky right knee, especially with the way Budaj has been playing.

Budaj is 6-3-1 since Anderson's knee ailment. This also was Budaj's 10th straight start, his longest string in two years.

Before the morning skate Wednesday, Anderson said there was no timetable for his return.

Notes: Swedish referee Marcus Vinnerborg worked his second straight game Wednesday. He became the first European to work an NHL game Tuesday night in Dallas. The NHL hired Vinnerborg over the summer to referee primarily in the AHL. ... Avalanche D Kyle Quincey (head) missed his fifth straight game. ... Colorado's Joe Sacco coached his 100th game Wednesday. ... Sharks D Doug Murray missed a second straight contest with a lower-body injury after blocking a shot over the weekend against Calgary. ... Avs D John-Michael Liles had two assists.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:42
SJS
Logan Couture (7) ASST: Ryane Clowe (9), Joe Pavelski (10)
1 - 0 SJS
18:27
COL
PPG - Kevin Shattenkirk (1) ASST: Milan Hejduk (15), John-Michael Liles (14)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:09
SJS
Dan Boyle (3) ASST: Joe Thornton (11), Ryane Clowe (10)
2 - 1 SJS
09:14
SJS
Mike Moore (1) ASST: Dany Heatley (11)
3 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
08:38
COL
Chris Stewart (11) ASST: John-Michael Liles (15)
3 - 2 SJS
14:49
COL
Paul Stastny (8) ASST: Chris Stewart (11), David Jones (4)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
02:07
COL
Kevin Porter (4) ASST: Scott Hannan (4)
4 - 3 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
08:00
COL
Brandon Yip  Hi stick - double minor against  Jamie McGinn
12:13
COL
Paul Stastny  Slashing against  Jason Demers
15:46
COL
Kevin Porter  Hooking against  Marc-Edouard Vlasic
16:49
SJS
Dan Boyle  Hooking against  Philippe Dupuis
2nd Period
03:27
SJS
Logan Couture  Interference against  Milan Hejduk
07:04
COL
Kevin Shattenkirk  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
7-1-3
SA: 22TOI: 62:07
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .818SH: 1 - 1
Peter Budaj
SA: 43TOI: 62:07
Saves: 40EV: 32 - 35
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .930SH: 1 - 1
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