Sharks skid hits four San Jose can’t hold on lose To Minnesota-3-2

March 21, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

Minnesota Wild’s Matt Dumba, center, celebrates with teammates Charlie Coyle, left, and Ryan Suter after Dumba’s goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday night two playoff bound teams battled at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks have been struggling of late with the Wild dropping their last five in a row and the Sharks losing three in a row. Both of these teams need to get back on track with the playoffs fast approaching. The Sharks are sitting in first place four points ahead of Anaheim and Edmonton and the Wild have slipped into second place in the central division behind Chicago.

Midway through the opening period, at 10:29, Minnesota’s Matt Dumba would score his 10th goal of the season to take the early lead 1-0. That would be the only goal in the period and both teams were very much in this game.

Neither team could get anything going in the second period until 17:57 at which time both teams seem to come unglued in a flurry of scoring. The first goal was scored by David Schlemko for his third goal of the season assisted by Joe Pavelski and Dylan DeMelo. The 1-1 tie didn’t stand for long. At 18:30 the Wild’s Martin Hanzal scored his 17th goal of the season for a 2-1 lead. The Wild were not done, scoring fifteen seconds later at 18:45 off the stick of Charlie Coyle for a 3-1 lead. As the clock began to wind down Patrick Marleau would score his 24th goal of the season to pull within a goal 3-2.

Neither team was able to score in the third period. The Minnesota Wild would end their losing streak and San Jose would extend their losing streak to four in a row. The Sharks are in a real slide as they look ahead to two more games on the road. San Jose was lacking energy in this game looking very skittish as the end of the season approaches. This is not the time to show collapse when the Sharks want to be on top of their game. San Jose will have two days off to reflect before taking on the Dallas Stars Friday followed by a game against the Predators on Saturday. The puck will drop in Dallas at 5:30.

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