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game recap

Sharks 4, Wild 2

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:47 PM

Associated Press

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Sharks 4, Wild 2
Minnesota Wild 2, San Jose Sharks 4

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -With the style the San Jose Sharks play, Evgeni Nabokov is rarely peppered with shots on goal.

When he faced one of those types of games Saturday night, Nabokov delivered in fine fashion, stopping 38 shots to lead the Sharks to a 4-2 comeback victory Saturday night over the Minnesota Wild.

Patrick Marleau his second goal just 9 seconds into the third period after Dany Heatley provided the tiebreaker late in the second to help the Sharks rally from two goals.

San Jose scored four times in less than 9 minutes to turn the game around, but when asked to sum up the key to the comeback, coach Todd McLellan boiled it down to one word.

"Nabby. I thought Nabby made some tremendous saves tonight," McLellan said. "He was very good making big ones when we needed them. He gave us a chance to find our way back in. He did his job tonight changing momentum."

Nabokov was a big reason why the Wild converted just one of nine power-play attempts. His 38 saves were his most in a win since getting 40 in a 4-3 win at Colorado on Nov. 15, 2006. Only once in the last seven years has Nabokov faced

"When guys help with rebounds, that is huge," Nabokov said. "Sometimes you have to get lucky. That's part of any game. I never worry about how many shots. To me sometimes, the more shots, the better."

The game was a homecoming of sorts for Wild coach Todd Richards, who was an assistant in San Jose last season. For a while it looked as if Richards would get the best of this game.

But injuries to forwards Petr Sykora and Cal Clutterbuck took away Minnesota's depth and the Wild just ran out of gas late in the game.

"You could see it on the bench," Richards said. "Guys were tired. They were laboring. They worked extremely hard but it's tough when you have to shorten up your bench like that. ... I'm proud of the way the guys played tonight. I'm disappointed we lost 4-2, but we did a lot of good things."

Andrew Brunette and former Shark Owen Nolan scored for the Wild, who controlled the play for the first half of the game.

Minnesota spent much of the second period on the power play, but could manage only one goal in five power plays over the first 14 minutes of the period. The Wild even failed to score during 1:12 of a 5-on-3 advantage as Nabokov and the Sharks penalty killers rose to the challenge.

"He made some key saves for us and held us in there," Marleau said. "We had a parade going to the penalty box and he held us in there."

Minnesota's only goal of the period came when Nolan's shot from the circle, deflected off Boyle's stick and fluttered over the shoulder of Nabokov, who had gone down to try to stop a low shot. That made it 2-0 midway through the second but Minnesota couldn't score again.

Jed Ortmeyer started the comeback when he one-timed a blind pass by Jason Demers from behind the net past Niklas Backstrom at the 11:15 mark for his first goal with San Jose.

Just seconds after Jody Shelley got back on the ice after a penalty, he got the assist when Marleau knocked the rebound of his own shot past Backstrom.

The go-ahead goal came when Heatley took a pass from Boyle in the slot and scored his fifth goal in the past three games. Marleau capped it when he took a pass from Rob Blake after the opening faceoff and skated through the Minnesota defense with the quick goal that gave the Sharks control early in the third.

"We had a couple of mistakes and those are ending up in our net right now," Richards said. "It was disappointing. We stared the third down by one. It's tough when you give up a goal, first shift, 9 seconds in. It kind of deflated us."

NOTES: Marleau tied Bob Errey's franchise record for fastest third-period goal, set in 1993 against St. Louis. ... Sykora has a groin injury and Clutterbuck injured his ankle. Both will be re-evaluated Sunday. ... When Manny Malhotra was kicked out of a faceoff during a 4-on-3 power play for the Wild, Boyle was forced to take just his seventh career faceoff. He lost it and is 1-for-7 in his 11-year career.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:59
MIN
Andrew Brunette (3) Slapshot - ASST: Shane Hnidy (1)
1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
09:03
MIN
PPG - Owen Nolan (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Belanger (4), Marek Zidlicky (1)
2 - 0 MIN
11:15
SJS
Jed Ortmeyer (1) Snap shot - ASST: Jason Demers (3), Patrick Marleau (1)
2 - 1 MIN
13:56
SJS
Patrick Marleau (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Jody Shelley (1), Kent Huskins (1)
2 - 2 Tie
18:44
SJS
PPG - Dany Heatley (5) Slapshot - ASST: Dan Boyle (5), Joe Thornton (9)
3 - 2 SJS
3rd Period
00:09
SJS
Patrick Marleau (5) Snap shot - ASST: Rob Blake (2), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (1)
4 - 2 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
02:03
SJS
Jamie McGinn  Holding the stick against  Greg Zanon
2nd Period
03:03
SJS
Dany Heatley  Hooking against  Kim Johnsson
03:03
SJS
Jason Demers  Hi-sticking against  Eric Belanger
04:16
MIN
Marek Zidlicky  Hooking against  Scott Nichol
05:19
SJS
Devin Setoguchi  Too many men/ice - bench
07:46
SJS
Jamie McGinn  Holding against  Brent Burns
11:42
SJS
Jody Shelley  Interference against  Eric Belanger
14:35
MIN
Kim Johnsson  Holding the stick against  Patrick Marleau
17:24
MIN
Owen Nolan  Interference against  Jed Ortmeyer
3rd Period
07:08
MIN
Kim Johnsson  Hooking against  Dany Heatley
10:24
SJS
Rob Blake  Hooking against  Kyle Brodziak
14:40
SJS
Benn Ferriero  Hooking against  Eric Belanger
16:18
MIN
Niklas Backstrom  Hooking against  Joe Thornton
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
1-2-0
SA: 29TOI: 58:18
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .862SH: 2 - 2
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 40TOI: 59:36
Saves: 38EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .950SH: 2 - 2