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Wild erase three-goal deficit, edge Sharks in thriller

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.


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