ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Wild have found the scoring touch at home this season.
Manny Fernandez made 34 saves and the Wild scored a team-record five goals in the third period to beat the San Jose Sharks 6-1 on Wednesday night.
``This team has confidence, especially at home,'' said Wild right wing Marian Gaborik, who had two assists in his season debut. ``Everybody is on the same page.''
The five goals were a Minnesota record for any period.
Derek Boogaard's first NHL goal put the Wild ahead for good early in the third, and Marc Chouinard, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Todd White and Filip Kuba then scored for Minnesota in its second straight win.
White had two assists for the Wild, who went 3-1 on their four-game homestand, outscoring opponents 19-7.
Nicholas Dimitrakos scored for the Sharks, who have lost the first two games of a six-game road trip. Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves for San Jose.
Boogaard, a rookie left wing known more for enforcing than scoring, notched the game-winner 2:10 into the third period when he took a cross-ice pass from Kyle Wanvig in front of the net and knocked the puck past Nabokov.
Boogaard, who later in the final period got into a scuffle with Sharks defenseman Rob Davison, scored a total of five goals in five minor league seasons.
``Anytime Boogey comes up with a goal like that, you've got to thank God,'' Fernandez said. ``He just seemed to get our group riled up in the third period.''
Chouinard got a shorthanded goal on a breakaway a little over two minutes after Boogaard's goal, and Bouchard scored at 8:03 to give him goals in four straight games. By the time White and Kuba added goals, Nabokov had allowed five of the first seven shots he faced in the third past him.
``I just asked them to play,'' Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said about the second intermission. ``That's why we're named the Wild. We're wild. Awful period, then great period.''
San Jose coach Ron Wilson was in a less humorous mood after the game.
``We shot ourselves in the foot,'' he said. ``We had some guys with off nights who made some mistakes they normally don't make.''
The game seemed destined to be a low-scoring one after the teams struggled offensively in the first two periods.
Minnesota scored first, with 5:18 left in the opening period, when Gaborik made a beautiful backhanded pass from behind the net to Willie Mitchell, who slammed home a one-timer from the slot past Nabokov. The goal was Mitchell's first in 50 games.
The Sharks evened the score at 1 when Dimitrakos' backhander went off Wild defenseman Andrei Zyuzin and past Fernandez with 2:14 left in the second period.
But San Jose was out of synch the rest of the night. The Sharks struggled on the power play, going 0-for-5 against the Wild's NHL-leading penalty kill.
``You have to put the puck in the back of the net,'' Sharks center Patrick Marleau said. ``It's not good enough to be getting good chances.''
Minnesota has killed 96 percent of the power plays it has faced this season, allowing just two goals in 45 chances.
Another positive sign for the Wild was the return of Gaborik, their all-time leading scorer. The 23-year-old had felt healthy enough to be in the lineup for more than a week, but general manager Doug Risebrough held him out to make sure he had fully recovered from a groin injury he suffered in training camp.
``I was skating for 10 days, so I felt good out there,'' Gaborik said. ``The biggest thing is we won the game.''
Notes: Wild D Alex Henry missed his second straight game with a groin strain. ... Minnesota has scored first in six of its first seven games this season. ... The game was a homecoming for two Sharks: D Tom Preissing is from Rosemount, a suburb of St. Paul, and LW Josh Langfeld is from Coon Rapids, a Minneapolis suburb.
|Willie Mitchell (1) ASST: Marian Gaborik (1), Alexandre Daigle (4)|
1 - 0 MIN
|Niko Dimitrakos (3) ASST: Marcel Goc (3), Kyle McLaren (3)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Derek Boogaard (1) ASST: Kyle Wanvig (2), Brent Burns (2)|
2 - 1 MIN
|SHG - Marc Chouinard (5) ASST: NONE|
3 - 1 MIN
|Pierre-Marc Bouchard (4) ASST: Brian Rolston (4), Todd White (6)|
4 - 1 MIN
|Todd White (2) ASST: Alexandre Daigle (5)|
5 - 1 MIN
|Filip Kuba (2) ASST: Todd White (7), Marian Gaborik (2)|
6 - 1 MIN
|Derek Boogaard Interference against Jim Fahey|
|Rob Davison Interference against Stephane Veilleux|
|Alexandre Daigle Hooking against Patrick Marleau|
|Randy Robitaille Interference on goalkeeper against Evgeni Nabokov|
|Brad Stuart Holding against Kyle Wanvig|
|Randy Robitaille Holding|
|Derek Boogaard Cross checking against Rob Davison|
|Derek Boogaard Fighting (maj) against Rob Davison|
|Rob Davison Fighting (maj) against Derek Boogaard|