Minnesota 2, San Jose 1

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 18-7-2-1 10-4-1-0 8-3-1-1 W5
San Jose 14-9-1-0 7-6-1-0 7-3-0-0 L2


Matt Hackett made 34 saves in his NHL debut in relief of an injured Josh Harding and Mikko Koivu recorded a goal and an assist as the Minnesota Wild edged the host San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Tuesday.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the game-winner on the power play and former Shark Dany Heatley recorded an assist for the Wild, who have won five straight and 10 of their last 12.

Hackett, who was added to the roster with top goaltender Niklas Backstrom out with a groin injury, was forced into action only 1:11 into the game when Harding suffered a neck injury. Harding was hit in the face by teammate Nick Schultz, who was trying to block San Jose forward Joe Pavelski.

Pavelski had scored 11 seconds earlier to give the Sharks an early lead.

With Hackett holding strong despite facing 15 shots in the first period alone, Minnesota tied it up with 2:19 left in the first. Heatley’s wrister was blocked but Koivu was on the doorstep to clean up the rebound, backhanding it awkwardly past Antti Niemi.

Heatley drew a boarding penalty with 1:52 left in the first, giving the Wild the rest of the period to work the power play. They finally cashed in the chance with 12 seconds left, when Bouchard took a feed from Koivu and wrested it from the left point over Niemi’s shoulder.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   San Jose
Mikko Koivu 2 Points Joe Pavelski 1
Mikko Koivu 1 Goals Joe Pavelski 1
Mikko Koivu 1 Assists Dan Boyle 1
Pierre-Marc Bouchard 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Matt Hackett 1.000 Save Percentage Antti Niemi .905
Matt Hackett 34 Saves Antti Niemi 19

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 21 2 1-2 3-3 6 26
San Jose 42 1 0-3 1-2 4 31

Upcoming Games

  • San Jose will play its next game at home against Dallas. The Sharks have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play its next game on the road against Los Angeles. The Wild have a W/L % of .706 after a win and .545 after a loss.
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