Sharks 3, Avalanche 2 (SO): Patrick Marleau scored the decisive goal in the fourth round of the shootout as host San Jose posted just its second win in 11 games.
Logan Couture and T.J. Galiardi tallied in regulation and Antti Niemi made 25 saves for the Sharks, who extended their home winning streak against the Avalanche to 10 games. Despite the victory, San Jose has scored three goals or less in each of its last 13 contests.
Michal Handzus opened the shootout with a goal that held up until PA Parenteau's shot on Colorado's third-round attempt trickled past Niemi. Marleau drilled the puck between Semyon Varlamov's pads to give the Sharks the advantage, and Niemi denied John Mitchell to clinch the win.
Chuck Kobasew and Mark Olver scored, defenseman Jan Hejda notched two assists and Varlamov turned aside 39 shots for the Avalanche, who completed an 0-1-2 road trip.
Couture opened the scoring just 25 seconds into the contest with his first goal in nine games. Captain Joe Thornton made a nifty backhand pass from the right corner to Couture, who fired the puck past Varlamov from the right hash marks.
Kobasew forged a tie with 7:47 remaining in the first period, shoveling the puck by Niemi from the right side of the crease after the goaltender stopped Hejda's one-timer from the left point.
Galiardi put the Sharks ahead less than three minutes into the second by converting a feed from James Sheppard, but Olver poked in a loose puck from the left side with 3:16 left in the third to knot the contest.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Sharks LW Ryane Clowe served the final contest of his two-game suspension for leaving the bench to start an altercation in Friday's loss at Chicago. Clowe, who has yet to score a goal in 16 games this season, is eligible to return Thursday against Detroit. ... Colorado LW Patrick Bordeleau's assist on Kobasew's goal was his first NHL point. The 26-year-old, who does not qualify as a rookie due to his age, is in his first season in the league. ... Marleau failed to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games and remains at 399 career tallies. ... The Sharks went 0-for-5 on the power play and are just 3-for-58 over their last 13 contests. ... San Jose is 10-0-3 at home against Colorado since suffering a 5-2 loss in the 2009-10 season opener.