Sharks beat Wild 3-2 in OT for 6th straight

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2014 at 1:09 am •  Published: January 26, 2014
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau found the perfect way to celebrate their new contract extensions.

Thornton scored his second goal of the game with 1:30 remaining in overtime to lead the San Jose Sharks to their sixth straight win, 3-2 over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Marleau also scored as the two longtime Sharks shined one day after signing three-year deals that will keep them in San Jose through the 2016-17 season.

"For me and Patty both to score, it's a great night for us," Thornton said.

Antti Niemi made 20 saves and Joe Pavelski and Matt Irwin had two assists apiece as the Sharks overcame a 2-0 deficit to get their third six-game winning streak of the season.

"They're our guys, and we need them when we're down," Irwin said. "Jumbo got us to within one and Patty tied it up and obviously Jumbo won it in overtime. They're our guys. It's just kind of ironic what happened."

Matt Cooke and Keith Ballard scored for the Wild, who built an early lead on the opener of a four-game road trip but still lost for the ninth time in their past 10 trips to San Jose.

Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves as Minnesota lost for just the fourth time in 12 games this month.

"We got a point against a good team in a tough building to play," Ballard said. "For the most part we played a fairly solid game. We weren't the best at times. But we hung in there and even after they got those two quick goals, I thought we responded pretty well. We just couldn't find the time to get the third one tonight."

Thornton and Pavelski combined on the game-winning play by causing a turnover at the blue line. Pavelski then fed Thornton, who beat Kuemper with a wrist shot from the top of the circle to end it with his ninth career overtime goal and first since Nov. 26, 2008, against Chicago.

Pavelski assisted on both of Thornton's goals in a bit of a role reversal after Thornton helped set up many of his 19 goals in the previous 21 games.

"I've been telling Pav, 'You've been scoring too much. Start passing the puck.' And he finally listened," Thornton said. "I don't too often, but Pav just made two good plays and luckily I put them in."

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