SAN JOSE -- After consecutive games blowing third period leads, the Sharks decided that it was time to turn the tables.Trailing 4-2 entering the final frame, San Jose roared back and scored three times in just four and a half minutes in beating the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night at HP Pavilion, 5-4.In between periods, we said teams have done this on us, why dont we just turn it around for once? said Joe Thornton. Just shift after shift we came at them, and it paid off.The comeback began on a goal by Brent Burns at the seven-minute mark of the third, although the Sharks had been pressuring the Avalanche in the several minutes leading up to the goal.The Sharks were rewarded for their early tenacity when Marty Havlat created a turnover by the Avs Jan Hejda. Havlat got his stick in the way of a Hejda pass, found Burns charging towards the net, and Burns managed to put his own rebound past Semyon Varlamov.
It was a great play by Marty. Great forecheck and a good play to make that pass. I kind of came in a little early," said Burns.Just 1:29 later, the Sharks tied it. Thornton, from behind the net, made a no-look pass to Jason Demers in the circle. Varlamov stopped Demers snap shot, but Joe Pavelski was there to deposit the loose puck.After the Sharks killed off a boarding penalty to Justin Braun the only kill in three attempts for the leagues worst PK San Jose took the lead back for the first time since the first period on Logan Coutures deflection of a Patrick Marleau wrist shot at 11:29. That held up as the game winner.The Sharks hope a strong third period will put their December woes behind them, as the win was just their second in regulation in the past 10 games (3-5-2). It also ended a three-game losing streak, as San Jose posted an 0-1-2 record on its recent road trip, including a 4-3 shootout loss to the Avalanche on Tuesday.Right now were a fragile hockey team, said Couture. We need the confidence, and I think this third period will go a long way.Pavelski, who scored his 13th of the season, took another valuable lesson from the final 20 minutes after the Sharks regained the lead.Were down, we tie it up and take the lead. The talk is, lets keep going, he said. Were still going to play this game the right way and get this next one, where maybe we havent done that previous games where weve had leads in the third.The Sharks also managed to get goals from each of their top three lines, as 11 players finished with at least one point. McLellan has been switching his lines frequently lately, trying to get his top players on the scoresheet, and thinks he may have found a combination that works. Thornton skated with Pavelski and Torrey Mitchell; Havlat with Michal Handzus and Jamie McGinn; and Couture with Ryane Clowe and Patrick Marleau.Scoring was spread out, which was nice to see, said McLellan. I thought Logans line was our best line right from the opening drop of the puck. I thought Marty and Michal Handzus had a great combination going. McGinn did a lot of work for them. Jumbos line probably wasnt our best line tonight, but at the end of the game, they tie it up.Colorado took the lead with a pair of second period goals to break a 2-2 tie.Less than two minutes after Handzus tied the game early in the second, Paul Stastny gave the Avalanche the lead back, when Matt Duchesne managed to throw the puck towards the front of the net despite being harassed by Dan Boyle. It deflected to Stastnys stick and he beat Antti Niemi at 3:01.Later, Daniel Winnik got position on Demers in front of the net and flipped in a pass from Stastny from behind the net at 18:21, and the Sharks retreated to their locker room at the second intermission amidst a sea of boos.Fans were booing there, and deservedly so. We werent very good in a lot of areas at certain points of the game, said Pavelski.Once again, San Jose lost the special teams battle, surrendering two power play goals to Colorado, both in the first period.First, it was Stastny. The center won an offensive zone faceoff to Erik Johnson at the point, and then deflected Johnsons blast past Niemi at 5:51 to make it a 1-1 game.The Avalanche took a first period lead late, with Burns off on a high sticking call. Niemi left a juicy rebound on a Stefan Elliott blast, and Ryan OReilly easily scored on an open net at 19:49.The Sharks have surrendered a goal on the penalty kill in six of their last seven games. Conversely, they have scored just two power play goals over that span, and were 0-for-3 tonight.Still, the penalty kill came up big with the game tied at 4-4 in the third.It was time to get it done, said McLellan of that particular moment in the game. Obviously, the confidence level on that penalty kill was probably a little lower than it should have been after the first period, but it got the job done. Thats the bottom line.The Sharks have an opportunity to get more points as the six-game homestand continues. The next four games include a pair against sub-500 teams in Tampa Bay and Anaheim, and two struggling clubs that are barely above .500 in Los Angeles and Edmonton, which visits on Saturday.Hopefully, this gets us back on the right track to winning some games and getting a streak going, said Thornton.Odds and ends: Antti Niemi finished with 23 saves, while Semyon Varlamov had 29. Colorados Paul Stastny had a game-high three points, while Daniel Winnik had a Gordie Howe hat trick in the second period alone, including his fight with Ryane Clowe. The Sharks won 36 of 66 faceoffs. Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture were each a 3. Couture (1g, 1a) and Marty Havlat (2a) had multiple-point games. Brad Winchester and Cody McLeod fought in the first period, perhaps stemming from McLeods boarding penalty on Jason Demers on Tuesday in Denver. Michal Handzus has six points in his last eight games (1g, 5a).