Sharks Make Leap From 9th to 3rd

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Exactly 30 days after falling out of first place in the Pacific Division, the Sharks are back on top.

San Jose reclaimed the division lead Monday night at HP Pavilion with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche -- and since each of their previous seven wins had been by one goal, there was a sense of relief not to be involved in another nail-biter.

"It's nice. Some guys can rest in the third period, which probably hasn't happened the last 15-20 games," captain Joe Thornton said. "It's nice to throw four lines out there and have everybody get their confidence going."

All of those lines contributed to the scoring as the Sharks got two goals from Joe Pavelski, one each from Andrew...

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