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Avalanche Comeback Falls Short, Sharks Win 6-5

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Alyn McCauley's wrist shot snapped a tie with 4:13 left and lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.

McCauley put the Sharks back on top after John Michael Liles got Colorado even at 5 just 5:18 earlier.

Patrick Marleau scored two power-play goals for the Sharks and recorded his 400th NHL point on the first. He netted his second off a behind-the-back pass from rookie Steve Bernier.

A rusty Evgeni Nabokov gave up all five Colorado goals and made 24 saves. He had missed five games with an abdomen strain and made the start ahead of Vesa Toskala, who lost to Dallas in a shootout on Saturday.

The Avalanche trailed 4-1 in the second period but made a game of it behind two goals by Ian Laperriere and another from Milan Hejduk.

Joe Sakic earned his 901st assist on Laperriere's first goal to tie Bryan Trottier for 15th on the NHL career list. Sakic, who has 1,467 points, is tied with Stan Mikita for 11th on that list.

San Jose scored its third goal of the period just 1:24 later when Jonathan Cheechoo's 42nd of the season caught Peter Budaj leaning the wrong way.

Scott Hannan broke a 1-1 when his fourth goal of the season and first since Jan. 10 put the Sharks back on top at 14:09.

Pierre Turgeon had gotten Colorado even at 8:18, only 2:16 after Tom Preissing opened the scoring. Turgeon's 20th career goal against the Sharks was the 507th of his career, tying him with Jean Beliveau for 31st place on the NHL list.

Joe Thornton had an assist on Cheechoo's goal to give him 99 points this season, one behind league-leader Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers.

Notes: Colorado LW Alex Tanguay injured a knee in the first period and didn't return. ... The Sharks scored 23 goals during their six-game homestand. ... Karlis Skrastins of Colorado owns the NHL's longest active playing streak at 419 games. He hasn't missed a game since Feb. 21, 2000.

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