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Colorado edges San Jose in shootout

Daniel Winnik

Colorado Avalanche’s Daniel Winnik (34) celebrates a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 in Denver. The Avalanche won 4-3. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)


Tonight’s Versus matchup featured two reeling clubs. In one corner, there was the Colorado Avalanche, a young club who earned another bag skate from coach Joe Sacco. Their opponents were the San Jose Sharks, a team whose surprising slump might lead some people to irrationally wonder if the head coach of every California-based NHL team might get fired this season. The contest had “everything’s fine” moments for both teams; Logan Couture’s ridiculous assist qualifies for San Jose while Stefan Elliott’s beautiful rush does the trick for Colorado.

The Avs ultimately took this one 4-3 in the shootout, as you can see in the highlights below.