SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks pulled within five points of first place in the Pacific Division with a 4-3 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center on Friday.
Marcus Sorensen scored two goals in a game for the first time in his NHL career, Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist, and Martin Jones made 22 saves for the Sharks (38-19-8), who trail the Calgary Flames in the division.
The Sharks played without injured defenseman Erik Karlsson (groin) and forward Evander Kane (undisclosed), but Sorensen returned to the lineup after missing two games after being hit in the face by a puck while blocking a shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. He skated on a line with center Joe Thornton and Gustav Nyquist, who played his first home game for San Jose after being acquired in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
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"I played with good players," Sorensen said. "They do plays that make me better so it's easy for me to come out there. It's good to be back. It's no fun to be watching."
Video: COL@SJS: Sorensen redirects puck into twine
Nikita Zadorov, Mikko Rantanen and Samuel Girard scored for Colorado (28-25-12), which remained tied in points with the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. The Avalanche are one point behind the Dallas Stars, who hold the first wild card.
Gabriel Landeskog had three assists, and Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves for the Avalanche, who are 6-2-1 in their past nine games.
"We needed to start the game with a chip on our shoulder," Rantanen said. "And we didn't have it. We found it in the third. In the third we had urgency. If we had that in the first two it might have been a different game."
Sorensen took a pass from Brent Burns and scored from the low slot at 4:18 of the first period to give San Jose a 1-0 lead.
"He's been good for us all year," Pavelski said. "He plays hard. We're happy for him that he scored those goals."
Timo Meier made it 2-0 at 2:35 of the second period on a wrist shot from above the left circle.
The Avalanche cut the lead to 2-1 at 4:55 on Zadorov's slap shot from above the left circle.
Sorensen extended the lead to 3-1 at 19:36, knocking in a loose puck from close range for his 13th goal of the season after Tomas Hertl sent a rebound off the left post.
Rantanen scored a power-play goal at 10:08 of the third, cutting San Jose's lead to 3-2.
Pavelski made it 4-2 with a power-play goal at 12:39. He took a cross-ice pass from Kevin Labanc and scored his 36th goal on a slap shot from the left circle.
"I was hoping he was going to slide it over," Pavelski said. "It was a nice pass. The guy went down and took away a lot of the bottom half. I don't know if it went under the stick or what, but he got it over there and I had an open net."
The Avalanche made it 4-3 at 13:27 when Girard scored on a wrist shot.
"We were hungrier in the third then we were in the first 40 minutes," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "In the last 20, we won more battles, won more races, all the things we needed to come up to win the game."
Video: COL@SJS: Pavelski blasts one-timer on power play
They said it
"The first two periods were a little on and off for us. We couldn't get to the neutral zone, but in the third we really took over and started playing, winning battles and shooting the puck. The third period is certainly something we can take with us." -- Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog
"That's a speed team and they're sending numbers on every attack. I thought we did a good job being above them and making it tough for them and not giving them a lot of room. I would have liked for us to have turned a couple of the counterattacks and turnovers into some more goals. I thought we could have extended the lead at a couple different points, and instead let them kind of hang around. And then in the third we saw their desperation level." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer
Need to know
Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with a broken left orbital bone. He had an assist and blocked three shots in 20:16. …. Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson played his 700th NHL game. Johnson, the first pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, became the first defenseman from that class to reach 700. … Rantanen has six points (four goals, two assists) in a six-game point streak. … Thornton played his 1,549th NHL game, one shy of tying Alex Delvecchio for 14th on the League's all-time list. … Nyquist had five shots, tied with Hertl for the Sharks lead. … Jones reached 30 wins for the fourth straight season. …
Avalanche: At the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday (4 p.m. ET; FS-W, ALT, NHL.TV)
Sharks: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)
Video: Sorensen scores twice as Sharks edge Avalanche