The Minnesota Wild recorded their second comeback of two goals in the third in as many games with a 4-3 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center.
Kyle Brodziak, playing his second game since being re-inserted into the lineup, notched two goals in the third period to erase a 3-1 deficit and send the game into overtime. The two goals came five minutes and 19 seconds apart and both came in similar fashion. He drove the net and Thomas Vanek sent perfect passes for him to redirect into the net.
“On the first one, we were coming up the neutral zone and I had some speed,” Brodziak said. “(Dumba) made a nice pass up the middle. (Fontaine) made a great play after that to Vanek. Obviously, it was perfect pass on my tape. That one was just go to the net and the second one was the same thing. I was a little surprised we had a 2-on-1. I originally thought it was going to be a 3-on-2 — I’m sure where the second (defenseman) ended up. I knew he was passing it. He made a perfect play.”
The Wild nearly lost before the game got the shootout. Brent Burns drove the net with the puck and crashed into Darcy Kuemper before the puck crossed the goal line. It was the second goal the Sharks had disallowed for making contact with Kuemper.
The Wild (6-3-0) fell behind for the first time this season at the 16:06 mark of the opening period when Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller recorded his first career NHL goal. He tried to send a pass to Chris Tierney in front of the Wild net, but it hit traffic and slid past Kuemper.
The Sharks (6-4-2) had two two-goal leads. The first at 2-0 early in the second period and the other at 3-1 early in the third period.
Mikko Koivu got the Wild on the board at the five minutes and 13 seconds into the second period. He one-timed a pass from Jason Zucker between the legs of Antti Niemi.
The Wild outscored the Sharks 2-1 in the shootout to preserve the win. Koivu and Jason Pominville scored in the shootout and Kuemper stopped two of the Sharks’ three tries.
The Wild return to action Saturday against the Dallas Stars at the Xcel Energy Center.
No. 3 – Antti Niemi. The Sharks goaltender stopped 43 shots
No. 2 – Thomas Vanek. The Wild forward recorded two assists.
No. 1 – Kyle Brodziak. The Wild forward scored two goals.
San Jose….…1 1 1 0 – 3
Minnesota……0 1 2 0 – 4
First Period – 1, San Jose, Mueller 1 (Nieto, Sheppard), 16:06. Penalties – Burish, SJS (holding), 8:24; Suter, MIN (interference), 12:18.
Second Period – 2, San Jose, Wingels 5 (Pavelski, Burns), 4:20 (pp). 3, Minnesota, Koivu 2 (Zucker, Suter), 8:40. Penalties – Veilleux, MIN (charging), 3:15.
Third Period – 4, San Jose, Thornton 3 (Pavelski), 1:37. 5, Minnesota, Brodziak 1 (Vanek, Fontaine), 5:13. 6, Minnesota, Brodziak 2 (Vanek, Prosser), 10:32 Penalties – None.
Overtime – None. Penalties – None.
Shootout – San Jose: Couture (goal), Pavelski (save), Marleau (save). Minnesota: Parise (miss), Koivu (goal), Pominville (goal).
Shots on goal – San Jose 10-5-9-4 28. Minnesota 15-19-8-4 46.
Goalies – San Jose, Niemi (43-46). Minnesota, Kuemper (25-28). Referees – Brad Meier, Kyle Rehman. Linesmen – Brian Mach, Bryan Pancich.