Dec 12, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) shoots and scores against the Minnesota Wild during the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

No 3rd Period Meltdown As San Jose Sharks Beat Minnesota Wild To Snap Skid


The San Jose Sharks had their power play working Thursday night, with Joe Pavelski scoring twice on the man advantage and rookie Tomas Hertl adding a power-play tally as the Sharks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at the SAP Center.

Pavelski’s first goal at 5:54 of the first period and Hertl’s 15th of the season at 14:43 staked San Jose (20-6-6, 46 points) to a lead it would never relinquish.

San Jose wound up 3-for-7 on the power play after going just 2-for-22 with the man advantage in its previous six games.

Antti Niemi made 29 saves, with the only blemish coming on deflection by Jonas Brodin at 12:36 of the final period for the Wild (18-11-5, 41 points).

The Sharks got their third goal early in the second period with Zenon Konopka in the box for Minnesota on a double-minor after Jason Demers was hit in the mouth with a stick. However, replay showed the stick that clipped Demers actually belonged to teammate Freddie Hamilton, but for the Wild the damage was done.

Pavelski beat Niklas Backstrom on a rebound of a slap shot by Matt Irwin.

San Jose got a scare in the third period when Logan Couture was smacked in the face with a puck that had been shot by Justin Braun. Couture returned to the game later in the period, however.

Joe Thornton assisted on both of Pavelski’s tallies and has 29 helpers on the season. Pavelski’s goals were his 11th and 12th of the season.

The Sharks hit the road Saturday with a visit to the Nashville Predators. Face off is 5 p.m. Pacific.

Three Stars

1) Joe Pavelski 2 goals, 4 shots, 1 hit, 21:31 ice time

2) Antti Niemi 29 saves, 1 goal allowed

3) Logan Couture 8 shots, 20:05 ice time

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