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Minnesota 3, San Jose 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, April 16, 2021
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Gord Dwyer, Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: Tyson Baker, Ryan Galloway
Attendance: 3000

Minnesota fourth-liner Nick Bonino stayed hot with a goal and an assist in the Wild's 3-2 win Friday night over the San Jose Sharks in Saint Paul, Minn.

Bonino and linemates Zach Parise (goal) and Nico Sturm finished plus-5 as the Wild boosted their record to 20-7-3 since Feb. 18.

Mats Zuccarello scored for the third time in two games, and Cam Talbot (14-6-3) allowed two goals on 22 shots to go to 10-2-2 in his last 14 starts since March 12.

Minnesota moved to 16-4-0 at home -- an .800 winning percentage. The 2006-07 club owns the franchise record with a .768 mark.

San Jose's Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane netted goals, and Martin Jones made 15 saves for the Sharks, who lost their fourth straight and are 3-5-0 in April.

Patrick Marleau skated in his 1,766th career game -- one short of tying Hall of Famer Gordie Howe for the most games played in NHL history.

In the first of back-to-back games in Minnesota, the Sharks went up 1-0 when Hertl sailed through the neutral zone, banked a pass to himself off the side boards and snapped home his 13th from the left dot 3:32 into the teams' sixth meeting.

The Wild started sluggishly -- outshot 6-1 over nine minutes into the first -- and did not produce much until a San Jose miscue near Jones led to a free puck that Bonino whacked from the high slot.

The shot fluttered by Jones and found the twine to even the score at 1-1 at 9:30. Unassisted on the tally, Bonino scored for the sixth time.

In the second, Minnesota went up 2-1 after a faceoff win by Victor Rask, who kicked the puck over to Zuccarello for his ninth marker at 2:15.

Just 65 seconds later, the fourth line was at it as Parise started a play by banking a pass in the offensive zone back to Bonino, who posted a marker and two helpers in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over visiting Arizona. Parise swooped around the net and chipped in his sixth goal off a pass wide of Jones from Matt Dumba.

Kane stole a puck in San Jose's defensive end and raced in for a short-handed goal to cut it to 3-2 at 13:43 of the third, but Minnesota held on for the win.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
San Jose   Minnesota
Tomas Hertl 1 Points Nick Bonino 2
Tomas Hertl 1 Goals Nick Bonino 1
Radim Simek 1 Assists Nick Bonino 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
Evander Kane 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Martin Jones .833 Save Percentage Cam Talbot .909
Martin Jones 15 Saves Cam Talbot 20
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 22 2 0-1 3-3 6 18
Minnesota 18 3 0-3 1-1 2 28
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against San Jose. The Wild have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .625 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Sharks have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .458 after a loss.