NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at San Jose
(Saturday, October 21st)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, San Jose 1
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Manny Fernandez stopped 31 shots to lead another strong defensive effort for Minnesota in a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
Stephane Veilleux and Wes Walz each had a goal and an assist for the Wild, who have allowed two goals or less in all but one of their eight games this season.
Minnesota improved to 7-1 this season and snapped San Jose's three-game winning streak.
Mark Parrish and Brian Rolston also scored for the Wild, who dominated by outshooting the Sharks, 32-18.
Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks, while Evgeni Nabokov stopped 14 shots. It was the second loss in eight games for San Jose this year.
"Definitely we weren't as sharp as we needed to be, right from the start there, we were a little lackadaisical," Marleau said. "They caught us there and got that early one, and we had to fight back all night."
The Wild bolted to a 4-0 lead by the midway point of the third period. Parrish scored on a broken play 2:31 into the game, scoring in front between Nabokov's pads after a pass behind the net from Brent Burns.
Veilleux scored 6:41 into the second on a shot from the slot and it became 3-0 less than four minutes later when Walz redirected a shot from above the left circle from Nick Schultz. It was the 100th NHL goal for Walz.
"It means something, of course, it only took me 17 years," Walz said. "I'll look back when I'm done, 100 is a special number, I don't care what anyone says. Guys can downplay it, but it's something that no one can ever take away from you."
Rolston was successful from a shot from above the left circle at 7:01 of the third before Marleau scored with 6:20 remaining with a backhander of a loose puck in front.
Minnesota has allowed just 14 goals in eight games, fewest in NHL this season...Each team was 0-for-4 on the power play...Minnesota's Marian Gaborik missed the game after straining his groin in the third period Friday night.
10/22 02:35:06 ET