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Sharks win fourth straight

David Schlemko's overtime goal gets San Jose past Avalanche

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Defenseman David Schlemko scored 1:18 into overtime, and the San Jose Sharks extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center on Saturday.

Colorado goaltender Spencer Martin, who made his NHL debut, stopped Logan Couture's shot from the left circle but couldn't control the rebound. Schlemko scored his second goal of the season from close range.

 

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"Just go to the net and good things happen I guess," Schlemko said. "The rebound came right to me, and I just had to tap it in. I'll take those any day."

Joel Ward and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks (29-16-2). Martin Jones made 31 saves.

Video: COL@SJS: Ward taps in Thornton's pass for PPG

Mikhail Grigorenko and Francois Beauchemin scored for Colorado (13-29-2).

The Sharks are 15-1-0 in their past 16 home games against the Avalanche. Colorado is 2-14-1 in its past 17 games this season.

"I think you got a desperate team," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said of the Avalanche. "They're better than their record. They're very skilled. And for us, this is a tough game. This was our fifth game in eight nights. It's been a long week. I feel the fatigue and I haven't played a game. I'm just coaching. We found a way to win. It was ugly, but we found a way."

Martin made 27 saves and helped keep Colorado in the game.

"It's the biggest thrill of my life so far," Martin said. "I'll never forget it. The first few minutes were tough, but after that I settled in."

Video: COL@SJS: Martin reaches up and gloves Schlemko's shot

Ward gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 5:36 of the first period with a power-play goal. Ward took a cross-crease pass from Joe Thornton and tipped the puck past Martin inside the right post.

The goal was Ward's fifth of season and third in his past nine games.

Colorado made it 1-1 on Grigorenko's fifth goal of the season at 10:30 of the second period. Sharks defenseman Paul Martin deflected Nathan MacKinnon's shot from the right circle, but Grigorenko got to the loose puck and beat Jones with a wrist shot from close range.

San Jose regained the lead at 15:01 of the second when Karlsson redirected Ryan Carpenter's shot from the right circle.

The Avalanche tied it 2-2 on Beauchemin's unassisted goal at 10:24 of the third period when he beat Jones from the left circle with a slap shot inside the left post. It was his second goal of the season.

Video: COL@SJS: Beauchemin blasts home game-tying goal

 

Goal of the game

Schlemko jumped over the boards and was in the right place at the right time to score his first NHL overtime goal on a rebound near the crease.

Video: COL@SJS: Schlemko tucks in rebound for OT win

 

Save of the game

With 1:37 left in the first period, MacKinnon broke wide open down the slot, took a pass and released a slap shot, but Jones made a pad save to preserve San Jose's 1-0 lead.

Video: COL@SJS: Jones robs MacKinnon with solid glove stop

 

Unsung performance of the game

Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov sent a point shot that deflected off of Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, snuck through Jones' pads and trickled toward the left post 1:26 into the game. Before the puck could cross the goal line, Burns reached back and cleared it away from the crease.

Video: COL@SJS: Burns helps Jones clear puck from goal line

 

Highlight of the game

The Sharks got a goal from their fourth line for the third straight game when Karlsson got his stick on Carpenter's shot and deflected the puck past Martin in the second period. "You need your depth guys on nights like this," DeBoer said. "We've ridden our big guys pretty hard."

Video: COL@SJS: Karlsson tips Carpenter's shot past Martin

 

They said it

"I liked the way the team played. We're starting to get some traction on the way we want to play. We don't always get the results. A couple of mistakes ended up in our net." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

 

"When we're on our game, we're making it tough with grind time and traffic at the net, some chances. Tonight, we didn't have as many as we could have had. We'll try to find a little bit more for next game." -- Sharks captain Joe Pavelski

 

Need to know

Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie missed his second straight game because of a lower-body injury. Forward Rene Borque (lower body), who was injured in the first period against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, was also out. ... Sharks rookie forward Timo Meier (upper body) missed his second straight game. ... Forward Matt Nieto faced the Sharks for the first time since Colorado claimed him off waivers from San Jose on Jan. 5.

 

What's next

Avalanche: Host the San Jose Sharks on Monday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

Sharks: At the Colorado Avalanche on Monday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Schlemko, Martin propel Sharks to 3-2 OT win

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