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Avalanche center Kevin Porter back for Game 5

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -Colorado center Kevin Porter returned to the Avalanche lineup for Game 5 of their playoff series with the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

Porter, who did not have a point in the first two games, missed Games 3 and 4 with an upper body injury.

Porter replaced forward Chris Durno in the lineup, and Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said defenseman Ryan Wilson was also expected to return and play in place of Ruslan Salei.

Porter said he wanted to get back in there and make a difference in the series, which was tied 2-2.

Meanwhile, Sharks forward Dany Heatley participated in the morning skatearound and declared himself significantly better than Tuesday night, when he played at less than full strength due to an unspecified injury.

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