NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at San Jose
(Saturday, January 30th)
Final Score: San Jose 5, Minnesota 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau recorded two goals and an assist, while rookie Jason Demers had his first career two-goal game, as the San Jose Sharks used special teams to take a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Demers had just two goals in 39 games entering Saturday's contest, but doubled his career total to help the Sharks rebound from Thursday's loss to Chicago. Both Demers' tallies came on the power play, as San Jose went 4-for-7 with the man advantage overall.
Evgeni Nabokov made 36 saves as San Jose won for the sixth time in its last seven games.
Cal Clutterbuck and Owen Nolan had power-play scores for Minnesota, which had its three-game winning streak end. Josh Harding gave up all five goals on 36 shots in the loss.
"Obviously to give them four goals on the power play, it's unacceptable," Wild defenseman Nick Schultz said. "It's penalties and it's not doing our job on the penalty kill."
The Wild held a 2-1 lead going into the second period, but the Sharks came back with four consecutive scores to take the win. Demers evened the game 3:15 into the middle frame when he intercepted a clearing attempt and wristed a shot past Harding.
Joe Pavelski put the Sharks in front with 3:03 left in the second, and Marleau's first score, a wrister 13:14 into the third, made it a 4-2 game. Marleau netted his second a little more than three minutes later, as he batted the puck out of the air into the net on an odd-man rush. It was the only even- strength goal of the contest.
"It was one of those nights where their power play was cooking early and then our power play got the job done for us later on," Marleau said. "Obviously our penalty kill, we want to do a little bit better. I think we did that as the game went on, but we have to be a little bit sharper right from the start."
Nolan put the Wild on the board 6:25 into the game, and Demers evened the score five minutes later. Clutterbuck put Minnesota back on top in the final minute of the first period.
The Wild were 2-for-5 on the power play...Pavelski had an assist, while Dany Heatley finished with two for San Jose...The Sharks improved to 3-0-1 on their five-game homestand, which concludes Tuesday against Detroit.
01/31 03:19:20 ET