Marty Havlat scored three goals for the first time in nearly nine years, and the San Jose Sharks prevented Colorado from clinching the Central Division title with a 5-1 victory over the Avalanche on Friday night.
Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice to spoil Cory Schneider's return to the nets for Vancouver and the San Jose Sharks won their third straight game to open the playoffs, beating the Canucks 5-2 on Sunday night.
Joe Pavelski scored the only shootout goal, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Kings 6-5 on Thursday night to pull even with Los Angeles atop the Pacific Division with two days left in the regular season.
Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards each had a goal and two assists, and the Los Angeles Kings moved into an eighth-place tie in the Western Conference with their fifth consecutive victory, 5-2 over the stumbling San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
Benn Ferriero scored the tiebreaking goal with 14:20 remaining in the third period to send the San Jose Sharks off on a lengthy trip on a winning note, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 on Friday night.
Jonathan Quick made 51 saves to help Los Angeles hold on to a big lead that Kyle Clifford and Wayne Simmonds helped provide and the Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Game 5 on Saturday night to remain alive in their first-round series.