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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Antti Niemi was perfect in the shootout just hours after getting a contract extension and Ryane Clowe scored in the first round of the tiebreaker to give the surging San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.
Joe Thornton tied it with 2:58 remaining in regulation for the Sharks, who have won seven straight and 16 of 19. Niemi made 18 saves to cap a day that began with him signing a $15.2 million, four-year extension.
It was the second consecutive game in which Clowe scored the deciding goal in a shootout and the second straight time he did it with his forehand instead of his usual shootout move to the backhand.
Colorado has scored two goals or fewer in 11 of its last 15 games and managed few good scoring chances against Niemi with just 19 shots.
The Avalanche broke up a scoreless game with a power-play goal early in the third. With Niclas Wallin in the penalty box for holding, Johnson stopped a clearing attempt by Jason Demers at the blue line. Johnson beat Niemi with a high wrist shot for his seventh goal just 78 seconds into the period.
The Sharks were unable to tie it on a power play of their own minutes later - their fourth failed chance with the man advantage - and then Joe Pavelski was robbed by the crossbar on a hard shot from the slot midway through the third that got the fans excited but was immediately waved off by the referee.
San Jose finally got the equalizer when Thornton made a nifty deflection at the side of the net of a point shot by Demers late in regulation.
Elliott made a good glove save against Justin Braun midway through overtime, just moments before San Jose's Douglas Murray broke up a good chance for Ryan Wilson when he made a dive to sweep away the puck.
The game got off to a sluggish start, with each team having only one shot on goal in the first 10-plus minutes of the opening period. Both teams killed off a penalty in the second half of the period, with Elliott making the toughest saves on a point shot by Pavelski followed by the rebound by Demers.
There were only a few more chances in the second period but still no goals. Devin Setoguchi was robbed alone in close by Elliott early in the period. Niemi made a tough sliding stop against Kevin Porter, who was all alone at the side of the goal midway through the second.
NOTES: Colorado had allowed a power-play goal in eight straight games before stopping San Jose on all four chances. The Sharks came into the game with the NHL's third-best power play. ... The Avalanche had been 3-0 in shootouts before this loss. ... The Sharks were undermanned after placing F Scott Nichol and D Kent Huskins on IR before the game with upper-body injuries. Defenseman Dan Boyle and F Ben Eager also sat with upper-body injuries.
|Logan Couture Holding the stick|
|John-Michael Liles Hooking against Joe Pavelski|
|Ryan Stoa Holding against Kyle Wellwood|
|Paul Stastny Roughing against Devin Setoguchi|
|Niclas Wallin Holding the stick against David Jones|
|Jay McClement Boarding against Torrey Mitchell|
|SA: 35||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 34||EV: 29 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .971||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 19||TOI: 64:55|
|Saves: 18||EV: 14 - 14|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .947||SH: 1 - 1|