Sharks outlast Avalanche 3-2 in shootout

  • San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski, left, passes away from Colorado Avalanche's Matt Hunwick (22) during overtime of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks finally grinded out a win again in the best way they know how: at home and in a shootout against the Colorado Avalanche.

Patrick Marleau scored in the fourth round of the shootout, Antti Niemi stopped three shots in the final session and the Sharks showed signs of busting out of a monthlong slump with a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche on Tuesday night.

"Big win. Real big win. It's so hard to win right now," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "Right now, we'll take the win any way we can get it."

The Sharks controlled the puck for most of the game but still had to sweat out a shootout.

Michal Handzus made the first shot and two Sharks missed before Marleau shook Semyon Varlamov, sneaking the puck between the goaltender's legs for the winning score. Niemi turned aside 25 of 27 shots before the shootout and blocked John Mitchell's shot to seal the victory.

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