The Wild were decidedly outshot by the Sharks by a 38-13 margin, but made the ones that they did take count. The Sharks fired a lot of pucks at Josh Harding, but most of them came from out of high percentage scoring areas. Despite facing a lot of long-range shots, Harding made a few highlight reel saves.
“All-in-all, most of their shots came from the outside,” Matt Cooke said. “They’re a team that likes to shoot the puck a lot. We had great positioning. For the most part their shots are coming from long range.”
The Wild (18-8-5) stole some momentum with a penalty kill early in the second period and turned that into the first goal of the game.
“Those odd-man situations - penalty kill and power play - are momentum swingers,” Cooke said. “If you can go out and have a good kill and limit their opportunities, you can get a spark out of it.”
Zach Parise gathered in a rebound at the top of the crease and slid the puck into the wide open net 43 seconds after the Sharks failed to score on their second power play of the game. Parise shook loose of his defender and had an open lane to the front of the net after Marco Scandella’s shot from the point hit Jason Pominville in front of the net. The Sharks complained of goaltender interference, but Antti Niemi initiated the contact several inches out of the crease.
Parise scored his second goal of the game to cap the scoring with six seconds remaining in the game. Kyle Brodziak first shot the puck down the ice, but Brent Burns knocked the puck down right to Parise.
Mikko Koivu gave the Wild a two-goal lead off a 3-on-2 rush at the 8:11 mark of the second period. Koivu received a pass from Jared Spurgeon as he entered the offensive zone. He moved to the top of the crease and fired a shot just inside the post over the glove of Niemi. Dany Heatley stole the puck at center ice and got a pass back to Scandella. Heatley was given the second assist, but Scandella sent a pass across the ice to Spurgeon. Scandella should be credited with the second assist, which would be his second of the game.
The Sharks (19-6-5) got on the board with one minute and 41 seconds remaining in the game.
No. 3 - Patrick Marleau. The Sharks forward scored a goal.
No. 2 - Zach Parise. The Wild forward scored two goals.
No. 1 - Josh Harding. The Wild goaltender stopped 37 shots.
San Jose..…..0 0 1 - 1
Minnesota…..0 2 1 - 3
First Period - None. Penalties - Coyle, MIN (holding the stick), 7:08.
Second Period - 1, Minnesota, Parise 13 (Pominville, Scandella), 3:55. 2, Minnesota, Koivu 7 (Spurgeon, Heatley), 8:11. Penalties - Coyle, MIN (hooking), 1:12; Stuart, SJ (roughing), 9:30; Stoner, MIN (high sticking), 13:33; Stuart, SJ (holding the stick), 19:30.
Third Period - 3, San Jose, Marleau 13 (Irwin, Couture), 18:19. 4, Minnesota, Parise 14 (Brodziak), 19:54. Penalties - Niederreiter, MIN (interference), 6:15.
Shots on goal - San Jose 11-21-6 38. Minnesota 5-6-2 13.
Goalies - San Jose, Niemi (10-12). Minnesota, Harding (37-38). Referees - Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Jay Sharrers.