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Pavelski, Sharks top Wild

San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Pavelski scored two of San Jose's three power-play goals as the Sharks got the better of the Minnesota Wild, 3-1, at SAP Center.

Tomas Hertl provided the eventual game-winner in the second period and Antti Niemi did the rest in helping the Sharks snap a four-game slide.

Niemi made 29 saves, the only blemish coming off the chest of Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart with 7:24 remaining in regulation.

Jonas Brodin was credited with the goal for the Wild, who have dropped five straight on the road.

Niklas Backstrom yielded three goals on 9 shots, the first a one-timer from the point by Pavelski just 5:54 into the game.

Hertl followed with another power-play tally with 5:17 to go in the opening period, as the rookie's wrister from between the circles beat Backstrom up high for his 15th goal of the season.

Minnesota's Zenon Konopka was sent off for a questionable high-sticking penalty 2:11 into the second, and less than two minutes into the double-minor Pavelski found the back of the net once again.

Game Notes

The Sharks improved to 11-1-3 at home ... Joe Thornton finished with two assists ... San Jose's Logan Couture recorded a game-high eight shots.

12/13 01:17:04 ET

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