Sharks beat Avalanche 5-4 in shootout

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi blocks a shot by Colorado Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. At far left is Sharks' Matt Irwin. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

SAN JOSE — San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan refused to dwell on any negatives that came out of a wild finish.

Joe Pavelski scored with just under 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau tallied in the shootout, lifting the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.

"Pav has been a real clutch player over the past two weeks for us, he's kind of the go-to guy right now, he seems to be getting it done," McLelland said. "He did it again tonight for us. We're happy for him and for us."

Erik Johnson and Jamie McGinn scored goals 12 seconds apart in the final two minutes to put the Avalanche ahead.

Asked about Niemi giving up the two quick goals, McLellan responded, "You know what, it's Christmas. Let's all go home and enjoy it, and I'll answer those questions when we come back."

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