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Tyson Barrie delivers big-game performance for Avalanche

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SAN JOSE – This time the Colorado Avalanche found a way to come up with an answer to Brent Burns.

He may be seven inches shorter and 40 pounds lighter than the Sharks star, but Tyson Barrie delivered the type of knockout performance needed to turn the series on a dime.

The 27-year-old’s goal and two assists were key to a 4-3 Avalanche win Sunday at SAP Center to even the series with the Sharks 1-1 and snatch home ice advantage.

Following a script similar to that of their first-round series against Calgary, Barrie’s boys rebounded from a slow start in the series and the second game to steal momentum few saw coming.

“I think, after Game 1 in Calgary, we kind of took a step back and were like, ‘wow, we think we’re a better hockey team than these guys,’ and we proved that in the first round, and that gave us confidence,” said Barrie, whose first NHL playoff goal came in his 500th NHL game.

“Then, coming in here, that first game, I thought we played a real good first period and first half of the second period and controlled........

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