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 needed."
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 different game."
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