NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Minnesota|
(Tuesday, March 6th)
Final Score: San Jose 3, Minnesota 0
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 26 shots he faced
for his sixth shutout of the season as San Jose shut down Minnesota, 3-0, at
Xcel Energy Center.
Nabokov has made 52 saves in his last two starts, back-to-back road shutouts
over the Stars and Wild.
Joe Thornton posted a pair of assists for the Sharks, who have won two
straight on the road following a four-game skid. Milan Michalek had a goal
and an assist, while Ryane Clowe and Jonathan Cheechoo also lit the lamp for
San Jose, which won its 22nd road game of the season.
"We played a good road game," Nabokov said. "We were disciplined, we didn't
give up any penalties, which is always a key on the road. We had a couple
of breakdowns, but we recovered from them and scored the goals when we
Niklas Backstrom surrendered three goals on 24 shots for the Wild, losers in
three of their last four games. Manny Fernandez stopped a pair of shots in
relief, his first action since a knee injury sidelined him in late January.
Three second-period goals in under six minutes were all the Sharks needed to
skate away with the victory.
Michalek opened the scoring for San Jose 7:57 in off a nice feed from
Thornton, who chased down a dump-in from the neutral zone. Clowe made it 2-0
at 10:38, then Cheechoo netted his 23rd of the season a little over three
minutes later from Michalek's drop pass for a 3-0 cushion.
Marian Gaborik and Brian Rolston had breakaway chances for the Wild in a
third period which saw the home team outshoot the visitors, 10-2, but
Nabokov held firm to keep the Wild off the scoreboard.
"I wish we would have started the game the way we played in the third," said
Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire. "Even though we started like that, we weren't
that bad. We had two breakaways. If we had scored one, it would have been a
San Jose won the season series, 3-1-0, and the all-time series is tied,
11-11-2...The Sharks did not commit a penalty in the game for the second time
in franchise history (February 10, 2002 versus Edmonton)...Minnesota was
blanked for the third time this season and for the second time at
home...The Sharks host Vancouver on Friday, and the Wild begin a brief two-
game road swing in Boston on Thursday.
03/06 23:39:38 ET