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Sharks win 5-4 thriller against Avalanche

December 24, 2013

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — San Jose’s Joe Pavelski scored with just under 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and the Sharks then prevailed in a shootout to beat Colorado 5-4 in an NHL thriller on Monday,

Elsewhere, Anaheim’s hot streak continued as the Ducks rallied past Washington, Dallas scored on its first two shots to set up a win over Los Angeles, and Chicago defeated New Jersey.

San Jose’s win over Colorado built to an epic climax, with Erik Johnson and Jamie McGinn scoring just 12 seconds apart in the final two minutes to put the Avalanche up 4-3.

But there was still time for Pavelski to tie it after taking a pass from Joe Thornton, who has an 11-game point streak against the Avalanche, then Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored in the shootout to secure two points for the Sharks.

Jason Demers, Brent Burns and Matthew Irwin also scored for San Jose while Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog tallied for Colorado.

Anaheim also won a close game, edging Washington 3-2 to open the Ducks’ lead in the Pacific Division to five points over city rival Los Angeles.

Hampus Lindholm scored the winner at 14:24 of the third period while Andrew Cogliano had a goal and an assist and Saku Koivu also netted for the Ducks, who have won a franchise-best nine-straight games.

A potential tying goal for Washington on a shot by Alex Ovechkin that hit the crossbar and landed just outside the line with about three minutes left was reviewed and ruled no goal.

Mikhail Grabovski and Nicklas Backstrom scored for the Capitals.

Dallas’ Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn scored on the Stars first shots, laying the foundation for a 5-2 win over Los Angeles.

It was a horror start for the previously unbeaten Kings rookie goaltender Martin Jones, who conceded further goals to Valeri Nichushkin in the second period and Cody Eakin with 4:48 remaining. Shawn Horcuff was credited with an empty-net goal after he was tripped from behind in the Kings zone.

Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll scored first-period goals for the Kings, who were without ill captain Dustin Brown.

There was another 5-2 scoreline in Chicago where Patrick Sharp scored twice and Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell and Nick Leddy also connected as the Blackhawks beat New Jersey.

Stephen Gionta and Michael Ryder scored for the Devils, whose season-high four-game point streak ended.

Kane has points in 12 straight games, matching his career high — set earlier this season and just before this run.

Ottawa’s Craig Anderson made 27 saves for his second shutout of the season, helping the Senators cruise to a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh.

The game was close after two periods but the Senators dominated the Penguins in the third outshooting them 15-9 while getting goals from Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris and Cory Conacher. Zack Smith and Bobby Ryan scored earlier for the Senators.

Nashville’s Carl Soderberg scored on a power play and had two assists to lead the Bruins to a 6-2 win over Nashville.

Jarome Iginla added a pair of goals while Brad Marchand, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith also scored for Boston, which gave coach Claude Julien his 400th career win.

Craig Smith scored twice for Nashville.

Calgary’s Joe Colborne scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Flames an improbable come-from-behind 4-3 win over St. Louis.

Colborne took the first attempt in the shootout and beat Jaroslav Halak on a deke, while goalie Reto Berra turned aside three Blues’ shots to earn the win.

Mark Giordano forced overtime by scoring the tying goal with 5 seconds left, while Jiri Hudler and Mike Cammalleri also scored for Calgary, which had lost its previous three games.

Kevin Shattenkirk, Jaden Schwartz and Paajarvi scored for the Blues.

Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds had two goals and an assist as the Flyers downed Minnesota 4-1 to extend their home winning streak to nine games.

Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists as the Lightning beat state rival Florida 6-1 to make it five-straight wins.

New York’s Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals to give the Rangers a 2-1 win over Toronto.

Columbus’ Ryan Johansen and Jack Skille scored 1:28 apart late in the third period to rally the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over Carolina.

New York’s Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for his 56th career shutout, helping the Islanders win 3-0 against Detroit.

Buffalo scored in bizarre circumstances to take a 2-1 win over Phoenix, as the puck became lodged in the back of the goalie’s jersey and when he retreated to his crease, he unwittingly took it across the line to end the game.

Edmonton’s Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists as the Oilers snapped a season-worst six-game skid with a 6-2 victory over Winnipeg.

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