SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Pavelski was happy with the San Jose Sharks' power-play production even if it lacked artistic value.
Pavelski scored two power-play goals, and the Sharks ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Thursday night.
Tomas Hertl also scored on the power play for the Sharks, who earned their first regulation victory at home since Nov. 29. Antti Niemi stopped 28 shots to record his 17th victory.
"It's doing better," Pavelski said of the power play. "We found a work ethic. It's not exactly pretty, but we got more shots off and got some pucks back."
Jonas Brodin scored for the Wild, who lost their fifth straight on the road. Niklas Backstrom made 36 saves.
"That's not the way you want to start a game," Wild forward Jason Pominville said. "They've drawn the most penalties in the league, and they showed it tonight. We put ourselves behind the eight ball, and it's tough to come back when teams have leads."
Backstrom fell to 1-9-1 in San Jose, and his 3.68 goals-against-average there is his second worst in any arena.
The Sharks went 3 for 7 on the power play after going 0 for 4 in a 3-1 loss to the Wild on Sunday. They scored four times in their previous 39 power plays.
"We went through a stretch where we were losing some games, and the power play was the reason we weren't winning," Sharks center Logan Couture said. "Now we're starting to score some goals, and it's good to see."
San Jose took a 1-0 lead just 5:54 into the game. Pavelski got the puck from Dan Boyle on the left side and bounced a shot past Backstrom and into the net.
"It must be nice to draw penalties like that," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "The other team goes stick on puck and just kind of holds their head. The first penalty . . . to me, that was embarrassing. I guess we have to ask our players to embellish more."
The Sharks added another power-play goal with 5:17 left in the first. Tommy Wingels drove down the right side, drawing the defense toward him, before dropping the puck off for Hertl, who had a clear shot into the net.