SAN JOSE, Calif .– Andre Burakovsky scored 41 seconds in overtime and the Colorado Avalanche won the race for first place in the West Division Boden by overtaking the San Jose Sharks by 5-4 on Monday night.
“In the end it was really big here,” said Burakovsky. “We want to take first place. That was a must for us … Even when we were down there was no doubt. We just found a way. “It was fun to play and it was fun to watch.”
Martin Jones got a shot from Burakovsky, but it trickled past him into the net to the winner.
Colorado scored three times in the third period to make up two two-goal deficits, tying Nazim Kadri 3:39 before the game.
“I loved our reaction in the third period,” said coach Jared Bednar. “Just the increased urgency and a little bit of desperation in our game.”
Mikko Rantanen scored his 29th goal of the season and Valeri Nichushkin and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer made 23 parades.
Colorado moved up to first place in Vegas within two points, game in hand, after the Golden Knights lost 5-6 to Minnesota.
Evander Kane scored twice and Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier also scored for San Jose. Jones made 26 saves.
The Sharks lost for the 11th time in 13 games and were officially eliminated from the playoff competition. This marks the third time in the franchise’s history that they have missed playoffs in consecutive years, including 1992 and ’93, and 1996 and ’97.
“In this league you don’t turn things around in six months or eight months or ten months. It takes time, ”said coach Bob Boughner. “There is some pain associated with that and some has to grow. Here we are. … It’s a little disappointing not to be in the playoffs. But we know what the bigger picture is and where we are going.” ”
San Jose seemed to be in control after scoring two goals in the second period to take them 3-1. But Nichushkin scored early in the period to make it a one-goal game and Landeskog made it 4-3 after Meier scored for San Jose.
A loss of the ball by Brent Burns set up Kadri’s decisive goal, who ended 19 games without a goal and then Burakovsky won in extra time.
“It’s hard to see how this game ended,” said Boughner. “I thought we should have celebrated two points tonight.”
Flip THE script
The Avalanche came into play with a top goal difference in the second third of plus-33. But the Sharks dominated the frame, with Hertl making sales and Kane hitting an outlier. San Jose overtook Colorado 13-2 in the period, keeping the Avalanche on the fewest shots in any period since they had one in the second period against St. Louis on October 21, 2019.
Avalanche backup goalkeeper Devan Dubnyk has been added to the COVID-19 list after testing positive before the game. Dubnyk is being quarantined for two weeks at his San Jose area home, which he still has after being trafficked by the sharks last month. Jonas Johansson was the substitute goalkeeper. Grubauer returned after being off the COVID-19 list for Colorado for more than two weeks last week.
The teams will end the season series on Wednesday in San Jose. Colorado is 6-1 in the season streak, including three in a row of four in a row against the Sharks.