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Saturday, January 26th (All times Eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (2-1-0) at San Jose Sharks (3-0-0), 4 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks look to keep a pair of winning streaks going Saturday afternoon as they continue their homestand against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Sharks have opened the season with three straight victories, besting Calgary and Edmonton on the road before notching a 5-3 home victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

Patrick Marleau continued his red-hot start, getting a third-period comeback started with a goal midway through the frame before notching the go-ahead tally with 1:53 to play in regulation.

The forward also had an assist and has logged three two-goal games to begin the season.

"He's seeing the net really good and you've got to ride him when he's this hot," San Jose captain Joe Thornton said of Marleau.

Thornton capped the scoring with a empty-net goal and had three assists as the Sharks rebounded from a 3-1 deficit with 7:28 to play.

"We definitely didn't want it to go to 3-1, but we battled back, competed and ended up winning," said Thornton. "It wasn't a good first half to the third period, but we finished strong."

Joe Pavelski also had three assists and Antti Niemi made 32 saves for the Sharks, who won the opener of a six-game homestand and are off to their best start since going 4-0 to begin the 2008-09 campaign.

San Jose will try to keep its season-opening winning streak going in this game and defeat Colorado at home for a ninth straight time. The Sharks haven't lost at home in this series since Feb. 6, 2008.

They are 8-0-3 in the last 11 encounters with the Avalanche overall and 14-2-3 in the past 19.

Colorado, though, has picked up a pair of home wins after beginning the season with a loss at Minnesota. The Avs were last in action on Thursday, when they recorded a 4-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves in his ninth career shutout, while Matt Duchene scored his first two goals of the season and added an assist, setting up a P.A. Parenteau goal just 51 seconds into the game.

John Mitchell scored in the third period after having left the game earlier when he was hit in the face by a puck.

"I knew I was okay when I could see out of both my eyes," Mitchell said. "It was great to come back after getting stitched up. The goal was a bonus."

The Avalanche are set to play their next four on the road.

01/26 10:39:07 ET

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