photo from seattletimes.com: Minnesota Wild forward Alex Galchenyuk, left, celebrates after scoring a goal against San Jose Sharks’ Martin Jones, right, in the second..
By Matthew Harrington
SAN JOSE–The San Jose Sharks longest win streak since November came to an end with the visiting Minnesota Wild getting a desperately needed 3-2 win. Former Shark Alex Stalock made 40 saves and Alex Galchenyuk scored the game-winner. Former Shark Gary Suter’s nephew Ryan scored for the Wild as well and Zach Parise added the insurance goal.
Stefan Noesen and Joe Thornton had the Sharks tallies and Martin Jones made 24 saves in his third-straight start. Suter scored his eighth of the year 8:34 into the first, but Noesen responded on a San Jose power play with 5:20 left in the frame. Noah Gregor and Tim Heed had the assists.
The Wild capitalized on poor defense in the second period, scoring a pair of goals in the period. First Galchenyuk was given room to break towards the net, taking a Parise rebound to the net on the backhand for a 2-1 Wild lead 11:30 into the period. Suter also assisted on the goal for his second point of the night.
Parise would finish off a cross-crease pass after he was left unmarked when a pair of Sharks defenders went after the Puck carrier Luke Kunin. After taking Kunin’s pass, Parise went five-hole on the backhand to beat Jones for his 25th goal with 5:32 left in the period.
Joe Thornton scored on a net front scramble 9:08 into the third to make it 3-2 Minnesota. Despite an absolute flurry of shots, 20 by San Jose to just three for Minnesota, the Wild closed out the game. They hopped over a couple teams to now take the first wild card spot in the Western Conference.
The Sharks next welcome the Senators to the Shark Tank for a Saturday afternoon tilt, then hit the ice Sunday night against another playoff bound squad, the Colorado Avalanche.
Matt Harrington does the NHL podcast each Saturday for http://www.sportsradioservice.com