G Niklas Backstrom
made 36 saves and LW Andrew Brunette scored a 5-on-3 goal, as the Minnesota Wild earned their first ever home shutout over the San Jose Sharks, 1-0, in front of 16,502 at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota, which closes out a five-game homestand (2-1-1) Thursday against Calgary, defeated San Jose in regulation for the first time in 16 meetings dating back to Oct. 21, 2006.
G Niklas Backstrom
made 36 saves for his 20th career shutout – 14th at Xcel Energy Center, but his first in 43 home starts dating back to a 1-0 decision over Calgary on April 3, 2009. Backstrom improved to 5-3-2 with a 1.88 GAA and a .938 SV% this season.
San Jose had won five straight over Minnesota. The Wild improved to 3-10-3 in the last 16 meetings – with its first regulation win over San Jose since a 4-1 decision at San Jose on Oct. 21, 2006. Minnesota is now 2-5-2 in the last nine home meetings, with tonight its first regulation win over the Sharks at Xcel Energy Center since a 6-1 decision Oct. 19, 2005.
The Wild blanked San Jose for the third time in its history – first since a 2-0 win at San Jose Nov. 21, 2001. Tonight marked the first time the Sharks were ever shut out at Xcel Energy Center, in their 19th game.
C Mikko Koivu
had an assist and has a point in seven consecutive games (1-6=7) to tie his career-high streak, set from Nov. 24-Dec. 5, 2008. Koivu has tallied a point in 10 of the Wild’s 11 games this season (3-9=12).
LW Andrew Brunette scored his third goal of the season and has a three-game point streak (1-2=3). Brunette has seven points (3-4=7) in 11 games this season. Brunette now has 49 PPG with the Wild – 10 off Marian Gaborik’s team record.
RW Martin Havlat recorded an assist. He is tied for second on the team with seven helpers in 11 games this season.
Minnesota posted its 10th all-time 1-0 win. It marked the Wild’s fourth 1-0 home win, the first since Oct. 4, 2007, against Chicago.
The Wild went 1-for-9 on the power play. Minnesota improved to 5-2-1 when scoring a PPG. The Wild is winless (0-2-1) when failing to score a PPG.
Minnesota’s record for most shots faced in a shutout is 37 – G Josh Harding
in a 2-0 decision at Anaheim Oct. 14, 2007.
The Wild was outshot 36-16.
The Sharks had scored 10 goals combined in their last two games – both home wins – but have now been blanked in both of their last two road games (4-0 loss at Calgary on Oct. 24).