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Brent Burns' overtime goal lifts Minnesota past San Jose 3-2 @NHLdotcom

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Brent Burns scored at 1:38 of overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Burns took a cross-ice pass from Mikko Koivu and beat Evgeni Nabokov over the left shoulder. Owen Nolan also scored in his return to the Minnesota lineup, and Krystofer Kolanos added a goal. Devin Setoguchi and Milan Michalek scored for the Sharks, the second with 25.2 seconds left in regulation with Nabokov off for an extra attacker.

It was the Wild's first win in 10 games against a Western Conference opponent.

Minnesota thought it had a 2-1 lead when Kolanos shot from the right circle went into the net with under six minutes to play. However, the puck quickly caromed out of the net, referee Stephane Auger waved no goal and play continued.

James Sheppard scored from in front 28 seconds later, but after officials reviewed Kolanos' goal it was determined to be good.

Michalek tied it in the final minute, fighting off Burns to score off a rebound.

Minnesota, 4-9-1 in December, was more energetic than it has been in most games.

Nolan, who missed the previous 18 games because of a leg injury, tipped Burns' shot past Nabokov midway through the opening period. It was the first time in 12 games that Minnesota scored the first goal of a game.

Setoguchi scored on the power play midway through the second period, carrying the puck from behind the net and putting a wrist shot from near the left dot behind Niklas Backstrom, who had been penalized for delay of game.

Struggling Minnesota nearly regained the lead a minute later, but Derek Boogaard shot wide of an open net and Burns hit the post. Off a scramble, Andrew Brunette poked in the puck late in the period, but the officials waved it off, saying the play had been blown dead.

Notes: The worst Western Conference stretch in Minnesota history was a 12-game drought (0-6-4-2) from March 6 to April 4, 2001. ... Nolan's power-play goal was the first by Minnesota in nine home games against San Jose dating to Feb. 7, 2003. ... Setoguchi, the Sharks' third-leading scorer, missed Monday's game following the death of his grandmother. ... Kim Johnsson returned to the Minnesota blue-line after missing Monday's game due to a family emergency.

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