SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Dave Lowry and Joe Murphy scored in the first period and the San Jose Sharks went on to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Lowry scored at 5:31 when he picked up a deflected shot and scored from eight feet out on the left. Murphy scored his seventh at 13:04 on a shot from the left circle.

Sharks goaltender Mike Vernon stopped 17 of the Colorado shots and has allowed only one goal in each of his last four starts, three of which were victories.

The Avalanche had a goal disallowed with 28 seconds left in the first period. Eric Messier scored from short range, but Colorado's Milan Hedjuk was called for being inside the crease.

However, Colorado scored 5:01 into the second period when Shean Donovan connected from short range following a fine pass from the left side by Adam Deadmarsh.

Colorado played without captain Joe Sakic, who suffered a sprained right shoulder two days before against Vancouver. He is expected to be out for between seven and 10 days. Sakic is second on the team with 32 points, including 12 goals.

In the teams' first meeting this season, a 4-2 Colorado victory, Sakic scored two goals, including the game-winner with the team playing shorthanded. Avalanche left wing Warren Rychel also was injured against Vancouver, suffering a broken hand, and he is said to be out indefinitely.

The Sharks have won three of their last four games after having gone just 1-5-2 in their previous eight. Colorado is 0-3-1 in its last four games. The Avalanche had won five straight immediately prior to that.