Minnesota 4, San Jose 3

Sunday, February 26, 2012 6:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
San Jose 32-22-4-3 18-9-2-0 14-13-2-3 L2
Minnesota 28-25-2-7 15-10-1-3 13-15-1-4 W1


WILD 4, SHARKS 3: Jed Ortmeyer burned his former team by snapping a tie with just over four minutes remaining in the third period as Minnesota rallied to its third win in 11 games.

San Jose received a scare when coach Todd McLellan was escorted to the locker room early in the second period after he was hit in the head by a stick. The team said that he was alert and watched the rest of the game from his office.

Defenseman Nick Schultz scored to snap a 100-game goalless drought and Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Cullen also tallied for the Wild, who moved to within five points of eighth-place Dallas.

Tommy Wingels and captain Joe Thornton scored 1:59 apart in the first period and former Wild defenseman Brent Burns also tallied for San Jose, which wrapped up a season-high nine-game road trip with a 2-6-1 mark.

After Cullen leveled the contest at 3-3 with 5:27 left in the third period with a deflection, Ortmeyer gave Minnesota the lead just 74 seconds later. Ortmeyer deflected a shot in front for his first goal since March 28, 2010 - when he was a member of the Sharks.

With Warren Peters serving a tripping penalty, Burns gave San Jose a 3-2 lead at 8:45 of the third period after blasting a shot from the point for his 10th goal of the season and third in eight games.

Wingels opened the scoring 1:22 into the contest as Jamie McGinn fed Wingels behind the net. Wingels then skated out in front and tucked the puck past Niklas Backstrom for his third goal of the season.

Thornton doubled the advantage at 3:21 of the first period after cleaning up a rebound for his 14th tally of the campaign. The captain now has two goals and five assists during his five-game point streak.

Clutterbuck trimmed the deficit back to one midway through the first period after his shot from the right faceoff circle slipped past Greiss.

Schultz then leveled the contest 1:43 into the second period after his point shot deflected off Patrick Marleau's stick and past Greiss.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Schultz's goal was his first since Jan. 2, 2011. ... Marleau, who notched two assists, has four goals and two helpers in his last five contests.

Top Game Performances

San Jose   Minnesota
Brent Burns 2 Points Cal Clutterbuck 1
Brent Burns 1 Goals Cal Clutterbuck 1
Patrick Marleau 2 Assists Kyle Brodziak 1
Brent Burns 1 Power Play Goals Nick Schultz 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Thomas Greiss .846 Save Percentage Niklas Backstrom .893
Thomas Greiss 22 Saves Niklas Backstrom 25

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 28 3 1-3 3-4 8 36
Minnesota 26 4 1-4 2-3 6 22

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play its next game at home against Los Angeles. The Wild have a W/L % of .593 after a win and .343 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play its next game at home against Philadelphia. The Sharks have a W/L % of .531 after a win and .517 after a loss.
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