SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) — Mikko Koivu scored a pair of
goals, including the game-winning goal with 16 seconds remaining
in overtime as the Minnesota Wild erased a three-goal deficit
and edged the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, on Thursday.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard and defenseman Marek Zidlicky also tallied
and blue-liners Brent Burns and Kim Johnsson each notched two
assists while All-Star Niklas Backstrom stopped 32 shots for the
Wild, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Joe Pavelski netted two goals, Ryane Clowe also scored and Milan
Michalek set up all three tallies for the Sharks, who have
dropped three in a row.
Koivu secured the victory with a slap shot from the low slot,
recording his 18th goal of the season.
Pavelski opened the scoring with 8:37 remaining in the first
period and Clowe doubled the bulge less than four minutes later
with a wrist shot for his 22nd goal of the season.
Pavelki gave San Jose a 3-0 lead at nine minutes of the second,
but Minnesota silenced the potent Sharks’ offense the rest of
the way to spark its comeback.
Koivu cut the deficit with 2:08 left in the second and Bouchard
netted his 15th tally of the campaign with 42 seconds remaining
in the session.
Zidlicky forged a 3-3 tie with 7:37 remaining in the third,
taking a pass from Burns and firing a slap shot past Brian
Boucher, who turned aside 32 shots for San Jose.