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Hertl scores twice to help Sharks defeat Avalanche 3-2

Tomas Hertl had two goals and an assist in his 500th career NHL game and Erik Karlsson scored a go-ahead goal in the third period to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

Evander Kane added three assists and Josef Korenar made 30 saves as San Jose scored three unanswered goals after falling behind 2-0. It was an inspired effort two nights after the Sharks lost to Colorado and were eliminated from the playoff chase.

Karlsson’s power-play goal with 10:42 left in the third broke a 2-2 tie and the Sharks held on for just their second win in eight meetings with the Avalanche this season.

San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) hugs a teammates after scoring a goal against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

Andre Burakovsky and Tyson Jost each scored for the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer had 30 saves as the Avalanche remained in second place in the West Division despite the loss. The defeat spoiled the NHL debut of Colorado top prospect Alex Newhook, who centered the Avalanche’s second line Wednesday.

Hertl’s first goal came on a beautiful pass from Kane with just 12.9 seconds left in the second period to pull San Jose within a goal at 2-1. That shifted the momentum after the Avalanche scored twice in a period that Colorado largely dominated.

Hertl tied it three minutes into the third, this time finding the net off a rebound of a shot by Kane.

Colorado Avalanche center Carl Soderberg (34) moves the puck past San Jose Sharks defenseman Nicolas Meloche (53) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

NEWHOOK DEBUTS

Newhook, the 16th overall pick in 2019 out of Boston College, centered Colorado’s second line, flanked by Nazem Kadri and Andre Burakovsky. The 20-year-old appeared in eight games with the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League.

BOUGHNER BACKS KANE

Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost (17) is congratulated by teammate Jacob MacDonald (26) after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

San Jose coach Bob Boughner supported Kane after reports surfaced that Kane is being sued for $15 million by a bank claiming he’s committed fraud on a 2019 loan.

“I haven’t had one issue off the ice with Evander,” Boughner said during his media briefing Wednesday morning. “We know that he’s going through stuff in his personal life, but his ability to come here and focus and get the job done and be one of our best players every night is pretty remarkable.”

UP NEXT

Colorado Avalanche left wing Andre Burakovsky (95) smiles as he skates back to the bench after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

Avalanche: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night in the first of a back-to-back set.

Sharks: Host Arizona on both Friday and Saturday night.

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Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) battles for the puck against San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Conor Timmins (22) collides with San Jose Sharks center Dylan Gambrell (7) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

San Jose Sharks goaltender Josef Korenar (32) blocks a shot against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of a hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) tries to score against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)