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Ehrhoff nets game-winner in overtime as Sharks end skid

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff

scored with 86 seconds left in overtime as the San Jose Sharks

ended their longest losing streak of the season Tuesday with a

5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Joe Thornton netted a pair of goals and Travis Moen collected a

shorthander and an assist for the Sharks (43-12-10), who snapped

a four-game slide to maintain the top spot in the Western

Conference.

"We've won, finally. That's a really good thing," San Jose

coach Todd McLellan said. "We'll take the win, but I'm

disappointed. I'm disappointed in the way we carried ourselves.

We're a club that's won a lot of hockey games for a reason. We

should be playing with a lot of confidence."

Milan Michalek also tallied and Brian Boucher made 25 saves in

his sixth straight start for San Jose, which jumped to a 3-0

lead in the second period.

"Usually when we're up by three, it's a done deal," Thornton

said. "These guys come back on us every time. They played

hard. After we got up there, they kept coming. They are not

going to go away. It was nice to finally get a win and reverse

the trend."

Owen Nolan notched two goals and rookie Peter Olvecky and

Pierre-Marc Bouchard also scored for the Wild, who have lost six

of their last eight contests.

Ehrhoff forced a turnover in the defensive zone and carried the

puck down the ice before flipping a quick shot over goaltender

Niklas Backstrom, who finished with 18 saves. It was Ehrhoff's

eighth goal - and second game-winner - of the season.

"They lost it at the blue line and (defenseman Marek) Zidlicky

couldn't get the puck," Ehrhoff said. "I got it and knew I was

up against the forward. So I tried to take it to the net and

get by him, and then I tried to get it upstairs on the goalie

because he went down."

With San Jose holding a 4-2 lead, Nolan halved the deficit with

6:04 remaining in the third period with his 400th career goal.

The veteran right wing scored again less than four minutes later

to tie the contest.

"The pace of the game in the third was just so fast," Nolan

said. "We were buzzing. We were all over. It's just nice to

get the puck in the net and get closer to the tie."

Mikko Koivu collected two assists for Minnesota, which failed to

climb into the top eight in the West.

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