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San Jose Takes On Minnesota At The Tank

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

The Sharks finished off the 4-2 victory, their fourth win in a row.

Minnesota has pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.

It set up to be a nail biter to the end as the Wild added a third goal late.

The Sharks continued playing their game and crossed the 40 shot barrier.

Ben Eager almost gave himself a great birthday present.  Niklas Backstrom stopped the inital shot, but Eager nearly found the rebound.

Benn Ferriero made it 4-2 San Jose.  Joe Thornton found the puck near the blueline and spotted the Ferriero alone near the goal line.  Ferriero showed his paitence and forced Niklas Bacstrom to extend himself, then reached around the downed goaltender. 

Patrick Marleau sped his way to a shorthanded shot early in the third, but Niklas Backstrom captured it.

After 40 minutes, the Sharks led 3-2 and 32-17 on the shot clock.

Jamie McGinn and Benn Ferriero landed successive hits to the approval of the crowd.

A Joe Pavelski tripping penalty put Minnesota on tehir fifth power play.  The PK units needed to come up big.

Antti Niemi shut down John Madden on a breakaway and the game stayed 3-2 Sharks.  Jamal Mayers just rang one off the pipe.

Another highsticking penalty put the Wild on another power play and they connected for a second tally.  This time it was Minnesota Captain Mikko Koivu hit lit the lamp and pulled the guests to within a goal.

The Sharks have outshot Minnesota 11-1 on the period and just scored again.  Devin Setoguchi got his second of the night, redirecting in a Joe Pavelski point shot.  The play did go to the review booth to see if it was a highstick, but there did not appear to be indisputable evidence.

The power play had concluded, but the Sharks found the go-ahead tally anyway.  Patrick Marleau led a two-on-one and Devin Setoguchi scored on the rebound, his 8th of the year.  The minute and a half after the goal, San Jose created three chances that drew AHHHHS from the crowd, but he lead stayed at one.

A Minny highsticking penalty gave San Jose an early power play in the second.

Patrick Marleau cleared a loose puck in the crease to keep the game tied late in the first.  Each team had 7 shots and each club had a goal.

A highsticking penalty to Logan Couture gave Minnesota a later power play in the first.

J.P. Anderson got a little TV love on the Sharks bench at the TV timeout.

With Douglas Murray already in the box for a debatable call, the Sharks took a too-many-men penalty.  Minnesota had 1:13 of 5V3 time to work with and used their timeout to rest their pp attackers.  10 seconds in they tied the contest and still had 1:51 of the second power play to work with.

Logan Couture scored first for San Jose, his 22nd of the season and inched him closed to Pat Falloon's rookie record set in year one of the franchise.  Sharks 1 Wild 0.

San Jose clanged one off the post, but the game was scoreless halfway through the first.

Saturday was Ben Eager's birthday and it just went up on the big screen.

San Jose earned the first man advantage of the contest when Matt Cullen was sent to the box for hooking.

Kent Huskins has found his way back into the lineup.

The Sharks will be without Ryane Clowe against the Wild.  New acquisitions Kyle Wellwood and Ben Eager will make their home debuts for San Jose.
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