Series (Game 4 of 4)

San Jose leads 3-1

Game 1: Tuesday, November 8th
Game 2: Friday, December 30th
Game 3: Sunday, March 19th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 5th

Sharks 2

(38-26-11, 87 pts)

Avalanche 1

(41-27-8, 90 pts)

9:00 PM ET, April 5, 2006

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 12
COL 1 0 01

J. Thornton (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Hannan (Sharks - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

A. Brunette (Avalanche - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

San Jose (37-26-11) at Colorado (41-26-8) 9:00 pm EDT

San Jose (37-26-11) at Colorado (41-26-8) 9:00 pm EDT

DENVER (Ticker) - Inching closer to a playoff berth and hoping for a division title, the Colorado Avalanche look to build upon their recent home success.

Playing the second contest of a five-game homestand, Colorado hosts the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday in their final encounter of the season.

With seven games remaining, the Avalanche are three points in back of Calgary for first place in the Northwest Division chase. Colorado is also sixth in the Western Conference, two points behind Anaheim and two in front of Edmonton for seventh.

Rob Blake and Dan Hinote scored in the final 57 seconds as Colorado rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. The Avalanche are 6-0-1 in their last seven home outings and 13-2-3 here since January 1.

Joe Sakic had three assists against the Blackhawks and needs one goal to tie Hall of Famer Mike Bossy for 17th place on the all-time list (573).

Having dropped three of their last four, the Sharks have eight games to play and are in tied with Los Angeles for ninth in the West, two points in back of Vancouver for the final postseason berth.

Joe Thornton, the league's second-leading scorer, netted his 26th goal of the season on a power play with 20 seconds left in overtime as San Jose ended a three-game losing streak with Monday's 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.