Recap - Wild Defeat San Jose 5-4
|Recap - Wild Defeat San Jose 5-4|
Minnesota needed a shootout to earn a 5-4 victory over San Jose on Tuesday in NHL action at Xcel Energy Center.
Minnesota was an underdog by +140 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 5.
The win was clinched by Mikko Koivu, who beat Antti Niemi in a shootout to gain the extra point in the standings for Minnesota. Minnesota got goals from Matt Cullen, Warren Peters, Cal Clutterbuck, and Nick Johnson in the victory. Clutterbuck opened the scoring at 7:04 of the first period.
Josh Harding turned in a 34-save effort for the Wild.
Patrick Marleau, Dan Boyle, Logan Couture, and Benn Ferriero scored for the Sharks, finding the net behind Josh Harding.
Antti Niemi stopped 27 of 31 shots for the Sharks, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.
Minnesota scored 0 times on 3 chances on the power play, while San Jose went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
San Jose outshot Minnesota 38-31 in the game.
Next game, Minnesota takes its act on the road to face Chicago looking for another win. For San Jose, they head on the road to face Winnipeg.