Joe Pavelski broke a tie with 1:24 left in the third period as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in a Saturday matinee in San Jose. The goal was Pavelski’s 23rd of the season, and ran the Sharks’ point streak to eight games (7-0-1).
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— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) January 24, 2016
With the victory, the Sharks (25-18-3) have 53 points on the season, good enough for second place in the Pacific Division, eight back of leader Los Angeles and two in front of third-place Vancouver. The Sharks won’t have much time to bask in the glory of victory as the first-place Kings pay a visit on Sunday.
After jumping to an early lead on Hertl’s ninth goal of the season just 1:33 into the game, Sharks got outplayed the rest of the first period and entered
the intermission trailing 2-1. Coach Peter DeBoer must have gotten their attention as the second stanza went the Sharks’ way, the Donskoi and Ward goals gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead at the break.
Jarret Stoll’s goal at 12:10 of the third looked like it would hold up and send the game into overtime. But, Pavelski took Joe Thornton’s faceoff win from the left circle and beat Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper from the high slot.
- After starting the season just 5-12 at home, the Sharks are 4-0-1 in their last five games at the SAP Center in San Jose.
- Since DeBoer put Logan Couture at the center of the Sharks’ third line, the Sharks have gone 7-0-1, and scored 15 of a possible 16 points to move into second place in the division.
- It was fitting the winning goal came off a faceoff win as the Sharks got the better of the Wild in the circle, 38-28.
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