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Brent Burns scores twice, slumping Sharks beat Avalanche 4-3

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DENVER - Brent Burns broke a tie with 1:39 left to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Sunday.

Burns made it 3-2 when he came down the right boards and sent a snap shot through traffic and past goalie Semyon Varlamov. The goal was upheld under review.

Burns also had a short-handed goal in the second period, Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward added goals, and Martin Jones stopped 23 shots. Coming off a 5-3 loss in Dallas on Saturday, the Sharks won for the second time in seven games to improve to 6-5-0.

Pavelski had an empty-net goal 19 seconds after Burns' second goal, and Colorado made it a one-goal game on Dennis Everberg's shot with 1:05 left. The Avalanche pulled Varlamov for the final 1:05 seconds, but couldn't get the equalizer.

Jarome Iginla and Francios Beauchemin also scored for Colorado. The Avalache are 1-4-1 at home and 3-7-1 overall.

The Avalanche got off to a quick start with Iginla's fourth goal of the season at 5:17 of the first period. It was Colorado's second power-play goal in the last six games and Iginla's 593rd career goal.

The lead didn't last long. Iginla's turnover along the boards led to Ward's goal 1:43 later. It was Ward's seventh goal of the season, all in the last six games.

Colorado had a chance to take the lead midway through the second when it went on the power play, but San Jose struck instead. Burns' shot from the right boards went under Matt Duchene's right arm and past Varlamov at 12:03 of the period. The Avalanche tied it 21 seconds later when Beauchemin knocked in Gabriel Landeskog's shot for his first goal of the season.

NOTES: Colorado scored two power-play goals for the first time in nine games. The Avalanche entered the day 1 for 24 with the man advantage over the previous five games. ... The Sharks played back-to-back afternoon games for the first time since Feb. 17-18, 2008. ... Avalanche D Nikita Zadorov was a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

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