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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Minnesota

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The Minnesota Wild score three unanswer goal in the third to take control of the game to win 5-3. Joe Thorton, Devin Setoguchi and Patrick Marleau score for Team Teal. San Jose put up 32 shots on the net with Ryane Clowe leading the way with seven shots. The Sharks wil have to put this loss behind them as they will take on the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow evening.


San Jose loses to the Minnesota Wild 5-3.

Niklas Backstrom makes the save as the Wild defenseman clear the zone and time expires.

Minnesota successfully kill of the penalty and still own a two-goal lead. Antero Niittymaki has left his net for an extra skater and Head Coach Todd McLellan calls a timeout to set up play.

San Jose will go on the powerplay due to a too many men penalty from the Wild's bench.

Sharks get a couple of great chances on Niklas Backstrom and force the Wild to ice the puck. Head Coach Todd Richards is forced to burn a timeout to rest his tired players.

A shot from the point goes behind the net and bounces sharply back near Antero Niittymaki's creast where Kyle Brodziak knocks the puck into the empty net. Minnesota's lead is now 5-3.

Brent Burns shot from the point goes in pass Antero Niittymaki amidst all the traffic. The Wild lead for the first time since the first period. Score reads 4-3 Minnesota.

Chuck Kobasew nets the rebound of John Madden's shot from the point to tie up the game once more, this time at 3-3.

San Jose successfully kill off the four-minute penalty and need a whistle to switch their skaters, but instead have an icing call against them. Douglas Murray appears injuried and is being helped into the Sharks lockerroom.

Jamal Mayers almost scores on a wrap around. Minnesota is currently on a powerplay.

Patrick Marleau gets a breakaway with only a forward between him and Niklas Backstrom, but the Wild netminder makes the save.


Niclas Wallin gets tack with a high-sticking double minor that will start in the third period. But, after two period of action, San Jose leads 3-2. Team Teal tally 10 shots in the second period and 19 in the game so far.

A broken stick leads to a Sharks turnover near the blueline. A Minnesota forward goes on a breakaway on Antero Niittymaki but Jason Demers successfully knock the man and stick away without drawing a penalty.

Niklas Backstrom makes a routine save on a shot from Marc-Edouard Vlasic from the point. Dany Heatley waits at the doorstep for the rebound but there isn't one.

Jamie McGinn puts a huge hit on Marek Zidlicky near the Sharks bench and falls awkwardly into the board. Zidlicky is slow to get up but does so on his own according and heads into the dressing room with the Wild trainer.

Patrick Marleau nets a goal, beating Niklas Backstrom in the seven-hole, to give the Sharks the lead again at 3-2. Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley collect the assists.

Martin Havlat goes to the sin bin due to a hooking infraction.

On his fifth attempt, Mikko Koivu stuffs the puck pass Antero Niittymaki and into the net. The goal ties up the game at 2-2. Andrew Brunette and Antti Miettinen earn the assists.

The Sharks are earning a lot of zone time the last few minutes.

Devin Setoguchi puts a body on a Wild skater.

Brandon Mashinter blocks a shot and rushes into the offensive zone by himself but his shot misses the net.

The officials conclude that the goal goes in off of Devin Setoguchi arm but it was not a batting motion so the goal stands. San Jose leads 2-1 early in the second period.

Ryane Clowe streaks in toward Niklas Backstrom and his snap shot is saved by Backstrom. The Minnesota netminder, however, fails to control the rebound and the puck bounces off Devin Setoguchi's glove and into the net. The goal is currently under review to determine if Setoguchi high-sticks it in.

Jason Demers steps back onto the ice as San Jose successfully kill off the penalty.


After one period, the game is tied at 1-1 thanks to two powerplay goals. San Jose puts nine shots on goal while Minnesota has five -- the Sharks could have more if not for the Wild's seven block shots. Dan Boyle leads all skaters with 9:05 in ice time.

Minnesota get a powerplay late in the period when Jason Demers goes to the penalty box for holding.

Scott Nichol leads a two-on-one rush but Niklas Backstrom makes the inital save. Backstrom loses the rebound near his pads but his defensemen assist him and safely clear the puck.

Martin Havlat gets an open shot on Antero Niittymaki who makes the routine save.

Joe Thornton wins the offensive zone face-off, and heads straight to the net and knocks in Ryane Clowe's hard pass from the corner. Sharks tie up 1-1 on the powerplay goal. Clowe and Dan Boyle get the assists.

Matt Cullen clips Patrick Marleau on the back of the neck and will go to the penalty box for two minutes for high-sticking. The Sharks will get a four-on-three powerplay for next 45 seconds.

Jamal Mayers muscles his way between two Wild defensemen, into the offensive zone drawing an interference penalty and getting a shot off. Four-on-four action for now.

Jamie Mcginn gets tack with a hooking penalty and Minnesota will go on their second consecutive powerplay.

Some confusion behind Antero Niittymaki's net leads to Kyle Brodziak's goal to give the Wild a 1-0 lead on their first shot of the game.  Brodziak scores his seventh goal of the season. Martin Havlat and Pierre-Marc Bouchard earn the assists.

Joe Thornton goes to the penalty box for high-sticking.

Brandon Mashinter steps onto NHL ice for the first time in his career.

Great backchecking Joe Thornton leads to a Sharks rush. Dan Boyle shot on goal is stop by Niklas Backstrom.


This morning, the San Jose Sharks reassigned defenseman Justin Braun and placed forward John McCarthy on the injured reserve. Both Joe Pavelski and Torrey Mitchell are not expected in the lineup tonight.

Short on skaters, San Jose called up forwards Brandon Mashinter and Tommy Wingels. Mashinter will be playing in his first career game. Read the full story here.

Antero Niittymaki is expected in net tonight. Niittymaki is 12-3-3 with a 2.30 GAA.
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