SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Mats Zuccarello had a objective and three assists, and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 6-2 on Monday night time for his or her third consecutive win.
It was the very best scoring sport of the season for Minnesota, which is rounding into kind after being sidelined for a pair weeks this month due to COVID-19 protocols.
Victor Rask had a objective and two assists for the Wild, who improved to 3-1 on their five-game street journey. Kirill Kaprizov, Marcus Foligno, Ian Cole and Jonas Brodin additionally scored, and Kaapo Kahkonen made 31 saves.
“I feel this group has confidence for positive,” Minnesota coach Dean Evason stated. “Clearly you be ok with your self when you may rating targets and clearly defend as nicely. We’ve been actual good at taking it one sport at a time and clearly we’ve acquired to proceed to try this.”
The Sharks fell flat within the opener of a season-long eight-game homestand. Subsequent up is a difficult stretch once they play 11 of their subsequent 13 towards both St. Louis, Vegas or Colorado, the highest three groups within the West Division.
Brent Burns and Logan Couture scored for San Jose, which was outscored 3-1 within the second interval. Martin Jones made 16 saves on 20 pictures earlier than he was changed by Devan Dubnyk.
“We’re a crew that may’t depend on one line,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner stated. “We have now to have, each night time, sturdy goaltending. We will’t give the opposite crew outrageous possibilities. We have now to be tight.”
The Sharks scored 45 seconds into the sport on a nifty objective from Burns, who knocked the puck round a defender on the blue line and went proper to left to flip a backhand previous Kahkonen.
However the Wild grabbed the lead for good with a pair of targets 11 seconds aside halfway by way of the primary. Zuccarello tied it when he scored from the appropriate circle at 7:49. Proper after that, Zuccarello discovered Kaprizov camped to the left of the online for one more rating that gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead.
“Particularly with Burns getting a objective (early), it might take the wind out of your sails,” Foligno stated. “However we answered proper again. We did a extremely good job.”
IN THEIR DEFENSE
The Sharks performed their fourth consecutive sport with out injured defensemen Erik Karlsson (groin) and Radim Simek (higher physique). Karlsson’s return date isn’t identified however coach Bob Boughner stated earlier than the sport that Simek may probably return Thursday towards Vegas.
CARRYING THE LOAD
Kahkonen continues to play nicely whereas beginning goalie Cam Talbot goes by way of COVID-19 protocol. He has stopped 73 of 77 pictures over the previous three video games.
Kaprizov entered the night time tied for the Minnesota lead with 11 factors and continued his sturdy season with a objective and help.
Wild: Go to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night time.
Sharks: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night time.
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