Marcus Sorensen scored two goals in his return from an injury and Joe Pavelski added his 36th goal to lead the Sharks to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center on Friday night.
Sorensen missed the final two games of San Jose’s road trip after taking a puck to the face last Saturday at Columbus, but thrived on a line with newly acquired Gustav Nyquist and Joe Thornton for the first multigoal game of his career.
Sorensen opened the scoring early in the first and added another goal in the closing minute of the second period.
Timo Meier also scored and Martin Jones made 24 saves for the Sharks, who began a stretch of 12 home games in the final 18 regular-season contests on a winning note.
The Sharks were without defenseman Erik Karlsson and forward Evander Kane because of injuries.
Hurricanes 5, Blues 2: Sebastian Aho had a short-handed goal and an assist to help Carolina hand visiting St. Louis its second loss in regulation in its past 16 games.
Jets 5, Predators 3: Newly acquired Kevin Hayes scored his first goal with Winnipeg and added two assists to help his team erase a two-goal deficit on the road against Nashville.
Golden Knights 3, Ducks 0: Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves for his NHL-leading seventh shutout and visiting Vegas swept its season series against Anaheim.
Sabres 4, Penguins 3: Conor Sheary scored his second goal of the game at 4:11 of overtime in rallying Buffalo to a home win over Pittsburgh.
Capitals 3, Islanders 1: Alex Ovechkin became the first player in NHL history with 10 seasons of 45 goals or more, scoring in Washington’s three-goal third period as the Capitals rallied to a road win at Nassau Coliseum.
Flyers 6, Devils 3: Travis Konecny and Sean Couturier scored in a 57-second span bridging the second and third periods and Philadelphia continued its playoff push with a victory at New Jersey.
Canadiens 4, Rangers 2: Joel Armia had three goals to push Montreal to a road win over New York.
Briefly: Ottawa fired coach Guy Boucher and named assistant Marc Crawford as the interim replacement. The Senators are an NHL-worst 22-37-5 this season. … New Jersey defenseman Mirco Mueller, who left the ice on a stretcher after crashing headfirst into the boards in a game Wednesday, has an injured left shoulder but isn’t expected to be out for an extended period, coach John Hynes said. … Arizona center Derek Stepan is expected to be out at least four weeks because of a lower-body injury suffered Thursday.
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