"It was the first time in a long time we had someone in front
of the net,'' Ronning said of the Wild's power play, which is 25th
in the league. "That was a big goal.''
Short-handed four minutes later, the Wild pulled away when Antti
Laaksonen intercepted a pass, pushed the puck along the boards,
chased it down and scored to make it 4-2. That prompted the fans
behind the San Jose net to taunt Nabokov with a chant of "Sieve!
Selanne scored to pull the Sharks to 4-3 on a short, bad-angle
shot that glanced off Roloson's shoulder with 6:10 left.
San Jose, trying to climb back into the Western Conference
playoff race, got its seven-game road trip off to a great start
with two goals in the first 5:10.
"Right now they are all huge games for us,'' center Mike Ricci
Selanne dug the puck out of the corner and fed a perfect pass to
Patrick Marleau, whose one-timer slid past Roloson.
Scott Hannan scored 33 seconds later for the Sharks, who are in
10th place in the West after making the playoffs each of the past
But the Wild, who scored 18 goals in their previous 11 games,
got a break and surged back in it with two scores of their own that
capped a four-goal outburst in a span of 1:57.
"It was just one of those nights,'' Sharks coach Ron Wilson
Ricci, whose five-game point streak ended, inadvertently knocked
the puck into his own net on a goal credited to Richard Park.
The puck rolled the length of the goal line and trickled in when
Nabokov lunged at it.
"It popped up, and I didn't want to let it hit the ice,'' Ricci
said. "I was trying to bat it behind the net.''
Dupuis broke away from Sharks defender Mike Rathje and scored 44
seconds later to tie it at 2.
"Right now everybody is trying to do too much,'' Nabokov said.
San Jose won its first game at Xcel Energy Center in
October 2000, but the Sharks haven't won here since in six tries.
... Marleau, the Sharks' second-leading scorer behind Selanne, has
six points (three goals) in his last four games. ... Park and
Dupuis both broke seven-game goal droughts. ... Lemaire said
Fernandez would probably return to the net either Sunday at New
Jersey or Monday at Philadelphia.
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Arena: Xcel Energy Center Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Shane Heyer, Dave Jackson Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 18,568 (102.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Patrick Marleau (19)
Assist: Teemu Selanne
Scott Hannan (2)
Assists: Todd Harvey, Mark Smith
Richard Park (9)
Pascal Dupuis (12)
Assists: Wes Walz, Andrei Zyuzin
No scoring this period
Cliff Ronning (9)
(Power Play) Assists: Marian Gaborik, Sergei Zholtok