Wild beat Sharks 5-2 for 8th win in a row

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jordan Greenway scored twice and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Thursday night for an eighth straight win.

Kevin Fiala, Joel Eriksson Ek and Kirill Kaprizov also scored for Wild, who led the NHL with 39 points, the most across 26 games in franchise history.

“I think that’s great,” Fiala said. “We are a tight group. We have always believed in that. …In our room, we wanted to be on top of the league and right now I think we’re doing so. It’s still early, so we just need to continue it. ”

Jonathan Dahlen and Tomas Hertl scored for the Sharks.

Minnesota’s eight-game winning streak is the current longest streak in the league and the third longest in franchise history. The Wild have scored at least four goals in seven consecutive games.

“It’s just a huge credit to the room, their preparation for the game,” praised Wild coach Dean Evason. “We’re glad we’re moving on our way.”


Greenway added: “We want to be the top team. We want to be on top. So for us to do that, we have to keep doing the things that got us here. “

Cam Talbot made 33 saves to make it 15-5. Adin Hill made 22 saves and fell to 6-8.

Fiala gave Wild an early 1-0 lead, scoring his fourth goal of the season with 13:38 remaining in the first half.

Eriksson Ek and Greenway added powerhouse goals in the second minute to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead.

Dahlen put San Jose on the board with 16:31 remaining in the third half, deflecting Erik Karlsson’s shot against Talbot.

Hertl scored his team’s 13th goal with power play with 6:34 left to put the Sharks in the first round.

“I’m proud of our boys for fighting back,” said Sharks coach Bob Boughner. “I don’t think we had the best of the first two, but we found another piece of equipment in the third. It just wasn’t good enough tonight. “

Greenway and Kaprizov scored in the final minutes to seal the victory. Kaprizov also has one assist and has scored five goals and nine assists in the best seven-game streak of his career.


“We know as much as anyone that teams are not going to give up,” said Evason. “They will keep coming, and certainly at the end of the game they did. It was a great tournament and the teams were very good. We liked a lot of the things that we did in this hockey game defensively and we will continue that in the future. ”


Sharks D Brent Burns played for the 624th straight game, beating Patrick Marleau in the longest streak in franchise history. He had two shots on goal in 22:50.


James Reimer serves as San Jose’s reserve goalkeeper after missing four games because of a non-COVID-19 illness. The Sharks have reassigned G Alexei Melnichuk to AHL’s San Jose Barracuda.


It was an emotional night for Wild Mason Shaw center, who made his long-awaited NHL debut after recovering from three ACL surgeries, including twice since being drafted by Minnesota in the fourth round of 2017.


“There have been some obstacles along the way that have challenged me, but I truly believe that it has led me to this point for a reason,” Shaw said.

The 23-year-old nearly scored in his first game, hitting the left post in the second half. He finished with two shots on goal in 10:38.

“You have to have good people in your corner — my family, my teammates, my coach — so many good people around me that keep me going because there were definitely times when you had doubts,” Shaw said. . “And then just a love for the game. I mean, this is something (I’ve) dreamed of since I was a kid, so to finally get here, it’s an amazing feeling.”


Wild captain Jared Spurgeon is back after missing eight games with a lower body injury. … Minnesota D Matt Dumba missed the game with a non-COVID-19 illness. … Wild C Frédérick Gaudreau remains on COVID-19 protocol, missing the fifth game in a row. … Sharks RW Kevin Labanc was reintroduced to the roster after a healthy run in the previous game.



Wild: Visit Los Angeles on Saturday.

Sharks: Dallas hosts on Saturday.


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