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GAME: Minnesota Wild (6-6-2) at San Jose Sharks (8-5-1).

TIME: Saturday, 10:30 p.m. EST.

The San Jose Sharks are finding ways to win despite losing their top two goaltenders.

San Jose goes for its sixth win in a row Saturday when they meet the Minnesota Wild, who are trying to stop a four-game road skid.

Nolan Schaefer made 21 saves for his first career shutout and Marcel Goc's power-play tally 51 seconds into overtime lifted the Sharks Friday to their fifth win in a row, 1-0 over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Schaefer, who began the season with Cleveland of the American Hockey League, moved into a starting role after injuries to Evgeni Nabokov and Vesa Toskala. He has responded by becoming the first goaltender in Sharks history to start a season with five consecutive wins.

If Schaefer gets the start against the Wild, he will be facing a team that has had trouble scoring recently. Minnesota has been outscored 10-4 on its current road skid, including a 2-1 loss Thursday to the Vancouver Canucks.

Minnesota went 0-for-7 on the power play in the loss, failing to solve Canucks rookie goaltender Alex Auld. The Wild also failed to convert despite having a two-man advantage over the final 2:26 of the game.

"We had chances to score, no question, and Auld came up big for them," Minnesota center Brian Rolston said. "We did everything right on the power play except for score, and that's the bottom line."

Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson is winless in four starts since Oct. 12, registering only an overtime loss Oct. 28 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Roloson lost both starts against San Jose in 2003-04.

The last time the Wild scored more than three goals was a 6-1 victory over San Jose on Oct. 19 in which five different players tallied in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 4): Wild - 14 points, 4th place (tied), 8 PB, Northwest Division. Sharks - 17 points, 2nd place, 1 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Wild - Marc Chouinard, 6 goals; Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Todd White and Alexandre Daigle, 7 assists; Bouchard, 12 points; Derek Boogaard, 30 PIM. Sharks - Patrick Marleau, 7 goals, 9 assists and 16 points; Mark Smith, 28 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 4): Wild - Power play: 20.5 percent (15 for 73), 8th in NHL. Penalty killing: 91.4 percent (75 for 82), 1st (tied). Sharks - Power play: 15.0 percent (14 for 93), 23rd. Penalty killing: 84.0 percent (63 for 75), 8th.

GOALTENDERS: Wild - Manny Fernandez (4-2-1, 0 SO, 1.70 GAA); Roloson (2-4-1, 1, 2.27). Sharks - Schaefer (5-0-0, 1, 1.92); Dimitri Patzold (no appearances).


LAST MEETING: Oct. 19; Wild, 6-1. At St. Paul, Minn., Fernandez made 34 saves and Boogard started the Wild's team-record five goal outburst in the third period with his first of the season.

Associated Press
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