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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Minnesota

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Penalties got the better of the San Jose Sharks tonight at Xcel Center. They were tacked with 20 minutes worth of penalty in the 1-0 loss. The Wild's Andrew Burnette scores the only goal of the game during a five-on-three Minnesota powerplay. Antero Niittymaki makes 15 of 16 saves and gets tagged with his first regulation loss of the season.


Minnesota wins 1-0.

The Wild's Mikko Koivu clears the zone as time expires.

Joe Thronton wins the draw and the Sharks' attack flies up the ice.

Jason Demers goes to the penatly box for interference. Head Coach Todd McLellan calls for a timeout.

Niittymaki sprints to the bench as the Sharks get an extra attacker hoping to tie up the game.

Antero Niittymaki makes a strong save on Mikko Koivu. San Jose quickly transistion up the ice.

Sharks get a chance on net but it was knocked away by Wild netminder.

The Wild go on an abbreivated powerplay.

Dan Boyle goes off for tripping and wipes out the rest of the Sharks powerplay.

Thornton is back on the ice with his powerplay unit.

Joe Thornton is tripped up and falls straight into the end boards. Jumbo lies on the ice a bit but gets up quickly. Sharks go on the powerplay.

Niittymaki uses his stick to knock the puck away from right at his doorstep.

Patrick Marleau's shot from the slot nearly squeaks pass Backstrom who had to squeeze three-hole to stop the potential goal.

Devin Setoguchi gets two minutes for holding.

The Sharks are swarming around the Wild net. Backstrom, however, covers up the puck to stop San Jose's chances.

Dany Heatley's wrister deflects high into the netting. That's Backstrom's 23rd save this game.

Torrey Mitchell fires a wrister to the Minnesota netminder who makes the save.


After two periods, the Minnesota Wild leads the game 1-0 on an Andrew Brunette powerplay goal. The Sharks got tacked with 10 minutes of penalty in the second period alone.

Quick transitions and a few short, quick passes lead to a Niclas Wallin slapshot on Backstrom who makes the save.

Sharks finally get everyone back on the ice and is at even strength.

Minnesota wins the faceoff but Joe Pavelski uses his body to block the shot and the puck clears the zone.

The Wild remains on the five-on-three powerplay and Andrew Brunette gets another shot on Antero Niittymaki but the Finnish goalie makes the save.

Andrew Brunette scores and gives the Wild a 1-0 lead. Martin Havlat and Mikko Koivu earn the assist.

Torrey Mitchell goes to the sin bin for hooking. Minnesota Head Coach Todd Richards calls for a timeout. A five-on-three situation for the Minnesota following the timeout.

Minnesota gets some bonus time on a delay penalty called. Backstrom skates to bench for an extra skater.

John McCarthy gets tagged with a double minor -- four minutes due to a high stick.

The San Jose man advantage expires. Score still reads 0-0.

Sharks setting up in the offensive zone hoping to score the game's first goal.

Minnesota goes hard to the net but also knocks Antero Niittymaki over in the process. The ref calls a goalie interference on the Wild to wipe out the remainder of their powerplay.

Ryane Clowe and Justin Falk get into a scuffle before Falk steps on his stick and falls to the ice before the scuffle could've escalated to a full fight. Both Clowe and Falk earn a roughing penalty. However, Clowe gets an extra two minutes. Minnesota on the powerplay after  two roughing penalties against the the big Sharks winger.

A Jason Demers shot an from the point and a redirect from Devin Setoguchi late in the Sharks powerplay makes its way to the Wild netminder who makes a last second pad save.

Good backchecking from Ryane Clowe stops a potential Minnesota shorthanded breakaway.

A slashing penalty called against the Wild and the Sharks will go on their third powerplay of the night.

All the penalties expire and the score still remains a 0-0 tie.


Both teams remain scoreless after 20 minutes of action. The Sharks got 11 shots on Niklas Backstrom compared to the three shots Antero Niittymaki. San Jose also continue their dominance in the faceoff circle, winning 10 of 17. Dan Boyle leads all skater on ice time with 8:54.

Four on four action with less than a minute left in the first period after Mikka Koivu gets a tripping penalty.

Joe Pavelski gets tacked with a late holding penalty.

Jumbo Joe Thornton tries to connect with the speedy Patrick Marleau who was streaking up the wing but the puck evades Marleau and the Sharks get called on an icing.

The Sharks got a great chance on Joe Pavelski's shot during their powerplay but that went wide.

Sharks get their first powerplay of the game with an interference call against Minnesota.

A huge hit from Douglas Murray on the equally large Cal Clutterbuck.

Backstrom makes another pad save. That's his sixth save so far this game.

Faceoff in the Minnesota zone after an icing call against the Wild.

Sharks' penalty killer do a great job on that pk. They held the Wild shotless during the two minutes.

Defenseman Douglas Murray gets an interference on the goalie penalty.

Jamal Mayers, Scott Nichol and Jamie McGinn work the cycle down low in the Minnesota zone.

Antero Niittymaki makes routine stick save after a quick turnaround wrister from Mikko Koivu.

Patrick Marleau has the first shot on goal of the night on Niklas Backstrom.

Joe Thornton wins the opening faceoff.

The San Jose Sharks have won four of their last five games. The top line of Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau have combined for 20 points in last two games. Captain Joe Thornton is the reigning NHL Second Star of the Week. Expect the hot glove of Antero Niittymaki to be between the pipes tonight.
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