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Marleau scores twice as Sharks down Wild

Nov 11, 2011 - 7:43 AM
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau netted two power-play goals in the second period to lead the San Jose Sharks past the Minnesota Wild, 3-1, at HP Pavilion.

Torrey Mitchell added another second-period goal, while Antti Niemi stopped 21-of-22 shots as the Sharks improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.

Kyle Brodziak scored the lone goal for Minnesota, which had its five-game win streak snapped.

"We limited their opportunities," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said about Minnesota. "We did execute some things we wanted to following our practices."

Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves in a losing effort.

Marleau's first goal came just 2:34 into the second period when Backstrom stopped a Dan Boyle shot from center ice, but the rebound was not gathered by the goaltender or Wild defenseman Justin Falk as it sat to the left of the goal and Marleau shot the loose puck into the net.

The forward added his second goal of the period when he ripped a one-timer from the right circle that screamed past Backstrom's glove at the 15:34 mark.

Mitchell's tally came with less than two minutes left in the stanza when Michal Handzus won an offensive zone faceoff back to Mitchell and his one- timer found the twine.

"I know we can play a lot better and we want to be a lot better," Backstrom said. "We lost today but we have to move on and get better for our next game."

Brodziak's quick shot from the slot into the top-left corner with 6:27 left in regulation ended Niemi's shutout bid.

Game Notes

San Jose improved to 3-0-1 on a six-game homestand...The Sharks have won 16 of the last 20 meetings with Minnesota...The Wild are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games in San Jose.

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  • Minnesota Goal - Kyle Brodziak (3), from Marek Zidlicky and Nick Schultz at 13:33.

    Wild 1, Sharks 3  3rd - 6:27Nov 11 1:08 AM

    SAN JOSE: 3
    End of 2nd

    Nov 11 12:09 AM

  • San Jose Goal - Torrey Mitchell, from Michal Handzus at 18:39.

    Wild 0, Sharks 3  2nd - 1:21Nov 11 12:06 AM

  • San Jose Power-Play Goal - Patrick Marleau (6), at 15:34.

    Wild 0, Sharks 2  2nd - 4:26Nov 10 11:58 PM

  • Dan Boyle snap shot on Niklas Backstrom.

    Wild 0, Sharks 1  2nd - 17:28Nov 10 11:34 PM

    SAN JOSE: 0
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    Nov 10 11:13 PM

    SAN JOSE: 0
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