Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 6-5 loss against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center in San Jose, California on Thursday night:
1. That finish was bananas.
Down 6-2 headed to the final period, the Wild stormed back over the final 20 minutes, getting goals from Brad Hunt, Ryan Donato and Jason Zucker, while weathering a major penalty, clawing as close as 6-5 with more than four minutes remaining in regulation.
Hunt took advantage of a turnover to make it 6-3 at 8:07 of the third before Donato scored his first of the year on a one-timer blast from the slot 74 seconds later.
All of the sudden, SAP Center was getting a little uneasy.
Minnesota had to kill a major on Ryan Hartman and another minor on Jordan Greenway for delay of game, but did just that, getting another goal from Zucker at 15:25 shortly after regaining full strength.
Zach Parise had a golden opportunity to tie the game with just over two minutes left, stealing a puck and going in on Jones all alone for a quick break. He deked at the net and had Jones beat, but the goaltender stuck his right pad out and Parise couldn't elevate the puck.
The Wild put forth a final push in the final minute, but couldn't find the tying goal there either.
2. Clearly less than ideal circumstances, but Devan Dubnyk skated in his 500th NHL game.
It was a full-circle moment for Dubnyk, who made his NHL debut in a relief spell in Vancouver on Nov. 28, 2009, when he played for the Edmonton Oilers. For all you trivia buffs out there, the starting netminder for the Oilers that night was Jeff Deslauriers.
Dubnyk entered Thursday's game at the start of the second period after the Sharks posted a four-spot in the opening 20 minutes against starter Alex Stalock. Hard to pin much of any of it on Stalock, however, as there was plenty of blame to go around on all four San Jose goals in the first.
In reaching 500 career games, Dubnyk becomes the 73rd goaltender, including the 11th active, to reach 500 games.
3. Minnesota didn't give itself much of a chance early on in this one.
Logan Couture made it 1-0 just 52 seconds into the game, and just over five minutes later it was 2-zip on a goal by Timo Meier. Marcus Sorensen and Radim Simik then scored goals 112 seconds apart late in the first period as San Jose built a four-goal advantage after 20 minutes of play.
The Wild played better in the second and got it to 4-1 on Luke Kunin's goal with 4:09 left in the period. But alas, Tomas Hertl scored on the power play to push the lead back to four goals. Eric Staal quickly got that one back 55 seconds later, but Evander Kane added another power-play marker in the final minute of the second to end the period right where the Wild started it: down four goals.
Minnesota made it very interesting in the third but couldn't get even.