An intense net battle at the end, but Antti Niemi
kept out the tying goal, concluding the Sharks 3-2 victory.
A Minnesota timeout with their goalie pulled and the faceoff in the offensive zone.
San Jose just hit 50 shots, a season high.
Matching minors provided two minutes of 4V4 time late in the contest.
Minnesota pulled out all the stops at this point as leaving empty handed would be devastating to their playoff push.
Sharks were still pushing the pace offensively and were four shots from 50.
San Jose had taken an incredible 68 percent of the faceoffs in the game at the point.
just crumpled to the ice and was clearly in pain behind the play. Sharks Head Athletic Trainer Ray Tufts came out, but Boyle was able to leave the ice under his own power. He quickly visited the lockerroom and just as quickly returned to the bench.
San Jose's persistance paid off as a Patrick Marleau
power play blast was knocked in off a Wild blueliner. 3-2 San Jose.
The Pavelski line just created two scoring chances, but the game remained knotted at two.
Both clubs needed to find a way to two points as the third began.
The teams were tied 2-2 after 40 minutes of action. San Jose actually outshot the Wild 21-9 in the middle stanza.
Todd McLellan used hit timeout to rest his players as an icing forced an extended shift.
Patrcik Marleau had two excellent chances on the last shift, but Niklas Backstrom answered with two excellent saves.
A sweet pass to Kyle Brodziak from Martin Havlat
gave the Wild center time to toss a fast shot on Antti Niemi
to tie the game.
In an attempt to set up a goal, Logan Couture
just scored. He put the puck toward the crease where Ryane Clowe
was driving and a Minnesota player tipped it right above Nicklas Backstrom's shoulder. 2-1 San Jose.
Jamal Mayers had the puck following him around. Joe Pavelski
and Devin Setoguchi each registered open shots down low, but could not find the back of the net.
San Jose earned the initial power play of the period thanks to an extended attack.
The same five started the second as the first for San Jose.
After one, the score was tied 1-1 and San Jose led in shots 13-12 in a very evenly played first period.
just gave Brad Staubitz a little reminder than he played on the opposing team now. A nice tap, but nothing that would be called.
Minnesota tied it on a shorthanded goal from John Madden.
A big battle for a loose puck in front in the Wild net resulted only in a save for Nicklas Backstrom.
1-0 Sharks. Joe Pavelski
flipped a nice pass up ice for Jamal Mayers and he skated in front of the defense and backhanded in the tally.
Brief power plays for each club and extended 4V4 time could not provide the opening goal.
A big, juicy rebound laid in front of Logan Couture
, but Niklas Backstrom's pad stack and lifting his leg saved the day and awed the crowd.
Former Shark Brad Staubitz took his turn on the ice and he topped all Minny players in PIMS with 127.
Minnesota had all three shots in the game, but San Jose put a couple of chances just wide and is created some offense as well.
Minnesota posted the game's first shot, which Antti Niemi
promply turned away.
San Jose was without Dany Heatley because of a two-game NHL suspension handed down yesterday. Niclas Wallin was also out of action and John McCarthy and Jason Demers
returned to the lineup.Antti Niemi
started opposit Niklas Backstrom in the nets. Up front for Team Teal was Ryane Clowe
, Logan Couture
and Ben Eager with Marc-Edouard Vlasic
and Justin Braun
on the blueliner.
San Jose dressed in their black uniforms.