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Goodrow's goal salvages win over Wild
Sharks blow 2-goal 3rd period lead
11/6/18 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks had a tall task in hosting the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. The Wild boast one of the best records in the NHL, and like San Jose, rolls four lines that are capable of beating any team on any given night. The Sharks put their heads down and built a lead that they would squander in the 3rd period, but a Barclay Goodrow goal would propel the Sharks to a second consecutive win and a stake in the Pacific Division lead.

San Jose would take a 4-3 decision, which was their first win in regulation since October 23rd. They were 2-1-2 since beating the Nashville Predators wen they kicked off their 3-game road trip.

It wasn't exactly shock and awe for the San Jose offense to start things off.

The Wild did a job to suppress the Sharks from getting pucks to netminder Devan Dubnyk in the opening period. San Jose generated a paltry 2 shots on goal, which is counter to their typical high shot counts. One of those shots missed Dubnyk by a solid three feet, but it found the back of the net. Marcus Sorensen buried a cross ice pass from Brent Burns 4:47 into the game to record his 2nd goal of the season. Sorensen pinched up the right side and easily deposited into the open net as Dubnyk focused his attention on Burns who was skating in from the left dot.

Joe Thornton made it a 2-0 Sharks lead 5:36 into the 2nd period when a Marcus Sorensen shot from the high slot hit him in the arm before deflecting into the Wild net. Sorensen was originally credited with the goal, but a replay review clearly showed the puck hitting Thornton. The goal was Thornton's 2nd of the season and leaves him one shy of 400 career NHL goals.

Timo Meier was called for a questionable tripping penalty when his stick touched Jonas Brodin in the laces. Brodin looked like a base stealer diving headfirst into 2nd base to put the Wild on their 2nd power play of the night.

Zach Parise converted on the ensuing power play by lifting a second chance past Martin Jones while parked on the right post. The Wild did a nice job of moving the puck up top, drawing three Sharks defenders toward the blueline. Nino Neiderreiter moved the puck down low to Parise for the power play goal.

Antti Suomela pushed the Sharks lead back to 2 goals with his 2nd goal of the season at 17:08. The Finnish rookie slipped past defenseman Greg Pateryn and took a lead pass from Sorensen who was skating up the left wing. Suomela took two strides unimpeded to the net and deeked right and lifted a backhand chance past Dubnyk for the 3-1 lead.

Suomela just missed scoring on the ensuing faceoff, when he waited out Dubnyk while skating from right to left. Dubnyk had to go down and thrown up a double pad stack, forcing Suomela to shoot the puck up and over the crossbar.

The Sharks came out to start the 3rd period on cruise control and they paid the price. Jared Spurgeon scored an unassisted goal just 1:22 in to the frame, firing a shot past Jones from the inside of the right circle.

Matt Dumba tied the game 125 seconds later when he fired a shot from the top of the right circle, as traffic passed in front of Jones. The Sharks passive approach to clearing their own zone allowed the Wild to work the puck in their zone before setting up Dumba for the blast the knotted the game at 3-3.

Barclay Goodrow put the Sharks back on top at 7:25 of the period when he clipped a Brent Burns with the shaft of his stick at it whistled between his legs. The puck changed direction enough to evade Dubnyk for Goodrow's 2nd goal of the season.

San Jose turned the table on Minnesota the remainder of the game. The Wild would muster only 5 more shots in the period and none after the 14:12 mark. By holding Minnesota shotless over the final 5:38 of the game, they helped Jones earn his 7th win of the season.

Game Notes:

* Marcus Sorensen and Barclay Goodrow finished the game with +4 plus/minus ratings, and Joe Thornton added a +3.

* San Jose played the entire game without benefiting from a power play chance. Referees Brian Pochmara and Francois Charron awarded the Wild 3 penalties, but none for the Sharks. There were a flurry of interference and holding the stick infractions that went uncalled on Minnesota in the 3rd period.

* The Sharks were awful in the faceoff circle where they lost 65% of draws (18 of 52).

* Marc-Edouard Vlasic took an uncharacteristic unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the 3rd period, after he was jawing with referee Francois Charron in front of the Sharks bench with head coach Peter DeBoer. The penalty came with 11 minutes remaining in the game after the Sharks had just reclaimed the lead.

* Former Sharks Alex Stalock and Charlie Coyle returned to SAP Center as members of the Wild. Coyle skated 20 shifts and did not generate much offensively. Stalock served as Dubnyk's backup.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
MIN 0 1 2 3
SJ 1 2 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Sorensen 2 (Burns, Ryan), 4:47.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Thornton 2 (Sorensen, Goodrow), 5:36. 3, MIN, Parise 5 (Niederreiter, Koivu), 12:56, (pp). 4, SJ, Suomela 2 (Sorensen, Dillon), 17:08.
3rd period - 5, MIN, Spurgeon 3 (unassisted), 1:22. 6, MIN, Dumba 5 (Koivu, Suter), 3:27. 7, SJ, Goodrow 2 (Burns), 7:25.
Overtime - .
Shootout - SJ: (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss). MIN: (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss).
1st period - Pavelski, SJ (tripping), 10:25.
2nd period - Meier, SJ (tripping), 12:11.
3rd period - Vlasic, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:17.
Overtime - .
Shots Saves
MIN - Dubnyk 14 11
MIN - empty net
SJ - Jones 19 18
SJ - empty net
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
MIN 8 11 19
SJ 2 12 14
Power Play Conversion
MIN 1 of 3
SJ 0 of 0
3 Stars of the Game
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: Charron, Pochmara. Linesmen: Murray, Driscoll.
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