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Postgame Hat Trick: Sharks 2, Wild 0

Minnesota unable to solve Martin Jones in loss to San Jose Saturday in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 2-0 loss against the San Jose Sharks at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday afternoon:

1. Martin Jones turned back the clock.

Once in the upper tier of NHL goaltenders, it's been a tough past couple years for the Sharks netminder. But you wouldn't know it on Saturday, as Jones stopped everything he saw -- all 39 shots he faced -- in San Jose's victory. 

The game was scoreless into the third period until former Wild defenseman Brent Burns bounced a point shot off forward Dylan Gambrell in front. That was the extent of the offense for either team until Melker Karlsson dumped a puck into the empty net with 15 seconds left.

Wild goaltender Alex Stalock, making his fifth start in the past seven games, stopped 19 of the 20 shots he saw but received no support on the other end. 


2. The Wild celebrated Zach Parise's 1,000th NHL game.

Before puck drop, the team unveiled a video featuring a number of former and current teammates and his mom, Donna, congratulating him on the accomplishment. 

Perhaps the most touching part of the video came toward the end, when all three of Parise's children talked about their dad. And if that didn't get you, an old video of his dad, longtime former North Star, J.P. Parise, talking about how proud he was of his son, surely did. J.P. passed away four years ago after battling lung cancer. 

With the sound of J.P.'s voice echoing through the arena, Zach wiped tears from his eyes.

Video: Parise 1000 NHL games Celebration 

After that, Parise was gifted the traditional silver stick from Wild GM Bill Guerin, a $5,000 donation in his name to Children's Minnesota, as well as a vacation and a utility vehicle. 

Parise skated in his 1,000th NHL game last week in Dallas, becoming the 347th player in league history to reach the milestone and the eighth to do it in a Wild uniform.


3. Saturday was a day of round numbers.

While the Wild celebrated Parise's 1,000th game (he played in his 1,004th contest), Saturday's game marked the very first in the head coaching tenure of Dean Evason, who was named Minnesota's interim head coach on Friday morning. 

The game also marked the 1,500th regular season game in franchise history. 

If the Wild was an NHL player, its 1,500 games would rank 22nd on the league's all-time list, behind some impressive names, including Steve Yzerman (1,514), Moorhead's Matt Cullen (1,516), Zdeno Chara (1,542), Ray Bourque (1,612), Chris Chelios (1,651) and Mark Messier (1,756), among many others. 

Ironically, the Wild's 1,500 games wasn't even the most on the ice on Saturday. Heck, it wasn't even the second-most. San Jose's Patrick Marleau skated in his 1,711th game (fifth all-time) and Joe Thornton played his 1,624th (10th). 

The NHL's all-time leader in games played is the legendary Gordie Howe, who skated in 1,767 contests in five different decades, the only player to ever do that (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s).  

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