SAN JOSE – Marcus Johansson, Mats Zuccarello and Matt Boldy scored in Minnesota’s third three-goal period as the Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Saturday night.
Jared Spurgeon and Frederick Gaudreau also scored, and Ryan Hartman and John Klingberg each had two assists to help the Wild extend their scoring streak to 12 games (10-0-2) – one short of a franchise record – with their fourth consecutive victory.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves to improve to 18-5-4 against the Sharks.
The Wild remained two points behind first-place Dallas in the Central Division after the Stars won early Saturday night in Seattle.
Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl each had a goal and an assist for San Jose, and Erik Karlsson added an assist for his 84th point of the year, setting a franchise record for points by a defenseman. Brent Burns maintained the old record of 83 points during the 2018-19 season.
James Reimer made 24 saves for San Jose as they fell to 6-19-8 at home this season. The Sharks have lost six straight at home and eight of their last nine overall.
Spurgeon broke the deadlock just 1:44 into the game, beating Reimer on a partial breakaway for his 10th goal of the season.
Minnesota led 1–0 after the first period despite being outplayed 18–5.
Couture tied the score on the power play in the second period, scoring his 23rd team-leading goal.
Gaudreau put the Wild back in front with a power-play goal of his own late in the period. Reimer stopped a kickoff by Johansson, but Gaudreau scored the rebound for the 13th.
Johansson extended the lead 30 seconds into the third period, redirecting Klingberg’s shot into the net for the 14th.
Hertl brought San Jose back to 1 on the power play with 11:24 left, marking his 19th of the season and 200th of his career. Minnesota challenged the play for goalie interference, but the decision was upheld after video review.
Less than three minutes later, Zuccarello extended the lead to 2 with a power-play goal, his 21st of the year.
Boldy added an empty netter to his 18th.
2,000 GAMES: During the first period, the Sharks recognized assistant equipment manager Vinny Ferraiuolo, who played his 2,000th NHL game.
GRADES: Klingberg reached 400 points in his career. … Wild RW Brandon Duhaime lost his fourth straight game with an upper body injury. … Sharks D Jacob MacDonald (undisclosed) lost his third straight game and is considered week-to-week.
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