Apr 4, 2010 11:30 PM

Liles scores in OT, Avalanche beat Sharks

DENVER (AP) - John-Michael Liles redirected Ryan Wilson's shot into the net at 2:59 of overtime, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Sunday night to gain ground in the race for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

The victory snapped the Avalanche's season-high four-game losing streak and gave them a two-point lead over ninth-place Calgary, a 4-1 loser at Chicago on Sunday. Colorado has four games left, one more than Calgary.

The Sharks remained the top seed in the West, but the loss allowed Washington to clinch the Presidents' Trophy for the best regular-season record.

Peter Mueller, who had his third two-goal game since joining the Avalanche in a March 3 trade with Phoenix, left the game dazed after crashing into the boards following a check by San Jose
defenseman Rob Blake.

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