San Jose Sharks Sunday game wrap: Parise and Staal opens it up for Wild with early goals defeat Sharks 3-1

March 5, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund (64), of Finland, and goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) celebrate after winning an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, Sunday, March 5, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won 3-1. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

San Jose Drops Contest To The First Place Wild— 3-1

By Barbara Mason

The San Jose Sharks took the ice against the Minnesota Wild Sunday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center. Both teams have not skated since last Thursday with the Wild coming in off a loss while the Sharks won their last outing against the Vancouver Canucks. San Jose still sits atop their division and hope to add two more points to their record in this game. The Wild are a tough team especially at home with a great power play defense and a solid offense. The Sharks will have their work cut out for them against Minnesota.

The first period was all Wild as they put up two goals to take a 2-0 lead with less than two minutes left in the period. At 11:06 Zach Parise scored his 15th goal of the season to take the lead 1-0. Eric Staal would extend that lead at 15:24 scoring his 18th goal of the season. The Wild very nearly took that 2-0 lead into the locker room at the break had it not been for the San Jose fourth line. At 18:26 Melker Karlsson scored his ninth goal of the season to cut the Wild lead in half. He was assisted by Justin Braun and Michael Haley. Despite letting two goals past him goalie Martin Jones held off what could have easily been a third goal for Minnesota. Jones fended off a wild puck that landed inside his jersey keeping his body outside the net preventing the goal. Just another heads up play by the incomparable goalie.

The Sharks came into the second period with a tough task from the start. The Wild were looking at a four minute power play off a double minor and a great chance to extend their lead. The San Jose defensive effort was flawless denying the Wild another score. The Sharks would now concentrate on tying up the game. Sharks were 0 for 3 on the power play through two periods in this game having a miserable drought of late. The Wild would come into the third period with 1:30 left on yet another power play.

With 1:49 left in the third period an unfortunate turnover by San Jose gave Eric Staal his 19th goal of the season scoring an unassisted empty net goal and his team a 3-1 lead. That would be the final.

It was a disappointing game for San Jose. The Wild are plain and simple a very good and talented hockey team. They take away passing lanes with great speed and they also have a great goaltender. It was not a great showing for the Black and Teal as their power play continued to struggle. The Sharks found themselves defending for most of the game only managing 21 shots on goal.

“We had some chances. Our penalty kill was solid. It wasn’t our best game though. We are going to have to be better next time,” said captain Joe Pavelski.

The Sharks will continue on the road with a match-up against the Winnepeg Jets Monday night. The puck drops at 5:00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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