DENVER — On the strength of a tipped shot, John-Michael Liles changed the course of his slumping team.
Liles redirected Ryan Wilson's shot 2:59 into overtime to give the Avalanche a 5-4 victory over the Sharks on Sunday.
"I'm not a guy that gets deflections and tips of pucks a whole lot to get it on net," said Liles, a defenseman. "I circled through the slot, and Wilson made a great play to put it through there. I saw him shooting toward the net the whole time."
The win snapped Colorado's season-high four-game skid and gave it a two-point lead over ninth-place Calgary, a 4-1 loser at Chicago earlier in the day. Colorado has four games left, one more than Calgary.
"We had to have a win and got it, and we got two huge points," Liles said. "The bottom line is we are going to have to win more games to finish the season. Win games, and we will be in position for the playoffs."
The Sharks' loss allowed the Capitals 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 the Coyotes, left the game dazed after crashing into the boards on a check by San Jose defenseman Rob Blake. His status was not disclosed.
Around the league: Daniel Carcillo scored 17 seconds in to help the host Flyers beat the Red Wings 4-3. Detroit's loss clinched the Central Division for Chicago. Meanwhile, Philadelphia, which entered 1-6-1 in its previous eight, solidified its playoff spot. … Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist to lead the host Blackhawks past the Flames 4-1. Chicago's 49th win ties the franchise record in 1970-71 and 1990-91, and the division title is its first since winning the Norris in 1992-93.
First Period—1, San Jose, Murray 4 (Boyle, Thornton), 8:01. 2, San Jose, McGinn 9 (Ortmeyer, Mitchell), 8:57. 3, Colorado, Quincey 6 (O'Reilly), 13:41. Penalties—Quincey, Col (tripping), 11:35; Yelle, Col (tripping), 16:35; Yelle, Col (delay of game), 19:03.
Second Period—4, Colorado, Mueller 12 (Foote, Cumiskey), 13:58. 5, Colorado, Mueller 13 (Duchene, Hannan), 18:07. Penalties—Clowe, SJ (goaltender interference), 9:12; Blake, SJ (tripping), 10:38; Nichol, SJ (slashing), 19:13.
Third Period—6, Colorado, Stastny 19 (Hejduk, Mueller), :20 (pp). 7, San Jose, Marleau 43 (Heatley, Thornton), 8:13. 8, San Jose, Pavelski 24 (Heatley, Clowe), 14:41. Penalties—Heatley, SJ (interference), 4:22; Vlasic, SJ (interference), 11:26; Clowe, SJ (holding stick), 20:00.
Overtime—9, Colorado, Liles 6 (Wilson, Hejduk), 2:59. Penalties—Wilson, Col, game misconduct, 2:59. Shots on Goal—San Jose 10-7-5-0—22. Colorado 5-14-17-4—40. Power-play opportunities—San Jose 0 of 3; Colorado 1 of 6. Goalies—San Jose, Nabokov 41-16-10 (40 shots-35 saves). Colorado, Anderson 37-25-6 (22-18). A—12,893 (18,007).
First Period—1, Philadelphia, Carcillo 12 (Laperriere), :17. 2, Philadelphia, Timonen 6 (Laperriere, Boucher), 7:16. 3, Detroit, Cleary 14 (Kronwall, Eaves), 14:08. 4, Detroit, Helm 11 (Rafalski, Cleary), 16:23. Penalties—Gagne, Phi (holding), 7:38; Helm, Det (slashing), 10:51; Franzen, Det (high-sticking, roughing), 19:37; Pronger, Phi (roughing), 19:37; Hartnell, Phi (roughing), 19:37.
Second Period—5, Philadelphia, Giroux 15, :53. 6, Philadelphia, Asham 10 (Timonen, Leino), 17:36. Penalties—Holmstrom, Det (holding), 7:15; Pronger, Phi (high-sticking), 12:53; Laperriere, Phi (charging), 18:43.
Third Period—7, Detroit, Datsyuk 27 (Ja.Williams, Zetterberg), 2:22. Penalties—Holmstrom, Det (roughing), 10:22; Carcillo, Phi (roughing), 10:22. Shots on Goal—Detroit 17-5-12—34. Philadelphia 9-11-5—25. Power-play opportunities—Detroit 0 of 3; Philadelphia 0 of 2. Goalies—Detroit, Osgood 7-9-4 (25 shots-21 saves). Philadelphia, Boucher 7-17-3 (34-31). A—19,596 (19,537).
First Period—1, Chicago, Kopecky 10 (Hjalmarsson, Eager), 2:56. 2, Chicago, Brouwer 22 (B.Seabrook, Kane), 19:06. Penalties—Toews, Chi (hooking), 9:57; Sarich, Cal (hooking), 16:13.
Second Period—3, Chicago, Kane 29 (B.Seabrook, Niemi), 15:32. 4, Calgary, White 12 (Backlund), 16:34. Penalties—Giordano, Cal (hooking), 12:25.
Third Period—5, Chicago, Byfuglien 17 (Hossa, Toews), 17:14. Penalties—Regehr, Cal (tripping), 19:13. Shots on Goal—Calgary 10-5-11—26. Chicago 12-11-8—31. Power-play opportunities—Calgary 0 of 1; Chicago 0 of 3. Goalies—Calgary, Kiprusoff 35-26-9 (31 shots-27 saves). Chicago, Niemi 23-7-3 (26-25). A—21,537 (19,717).