The Avs forced extra time with their effort in the third and Andre Burakovsky put an end to the game with a strike for a 5-4 win.
“It’s tough to see the way that game ended,” Sharks head coach Bob Boughner said. “I thought we should have been celebrating the two points tonight, for sure.”
Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves to earn the victory.
“They knew how big of a game it was because we saw that Minnesota had come back to win in regulation, so we were fighting to stay ahead of them and also to pull within two points of Vegas if we won, so the guys were fired up to get out there for the third period and we believed we could get the job done,” Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said.
The Sharks are 2-9-2 in their last 13.
“The puck was just laying on the side and I whacked on Nichushkin’s stick and he got it, so it was nice to see him get the goal,” Burakovsky said.
Evander Kane struck for a pair of goals for San Jose.
“It felt good, for sure,” Kadri said. “The time of the game, obviously we needed a goal. The guys kept encouraging me to shoot it and finally one went in.”
Nazem Kadri tied the game up and forced the extra session with a goal with less than four minutes left in the third period.
Martin Jones made 26 saves in the loss.
“I thought we played a hard game tonight,” Boughner said. “You get a 4-2 lead with eight minutes to go and there were some real good things. We’ve got guys that are playing hard and no one’s cashing in their ticket yet, or no one’s taking the easy way out. I’m happy about that.”