Brent Burns’ 1:48 goal drew and led the San Jose Sharks to a 5-3 win over Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.
Ryan Donato, Evander Kane and Noah Gregor scored a goal for San Jose before Matt Nieto scored a clean sheet. Martin Jones finished with 26 stops.
After his first shot was blocked, Burns hit a loose puck in the right circle, cut between three Wild defenders, switched from his forehand to his backhand and beat Kaapo Kahkonen on the other side for the winner.
“What did I think? I haven’t really thought about it. That probably happens a lot in most games, you don’t think so, ”said Burns. “(Tomas) Hertl won a great draw and yeah, I don’t know, it’s just one of those things that are nice to see.”
Here is Donato’s view: “That was disgusting because there was no better term. It was a very skillful game by a man who can score goals. At this point in the game, it’s incredible to do that. “
Wild trainer Dean Evason was frustrated.
“We talk about stick-on-puck and competitions all the time and are just hidden. There was no attempt to check this at all, ”he said. “We were basically just in block and fade mode.”
Fiala connected the game with a power play at 7:20 a.m. in the closing stages for three seconds as Minnesota tried to recover from a 3-1 deficit for their third win of the season. Zach Parise and Nick Bjugstad also scored one goal.
“We have to figure out how to get off to a good start, take the lead and keep playing with the lead,” said Fiala.
Kane and Gregor were less than two minutes apart in the second half and led the Sharks by two goals.
San Jose also got off-ice aid when a Minnesota goal was waved off between those points.
Bjugstad and Kirill Kaprizov crashed into the net trying to convert a feed from Fiala. Referred to as the Gate on the Ice, it was successfully challenged by the Sharks. In a video review, it was found that Bjugstad disturbed Martin Jones by pressing his pad and the puck crossing the line.
The Minnesota native Bjugstad scored his first goal for the Wild late in the period, making it 3-2.
Minnesota took an early 1-0 lead in a stunning game from Kaprizov, who separated two defenders after a face-off in the neutral zone and sent a backhand to Parise in the 2v1 game, who hit the top corner.
Kaprizov leads NHL rookies with six points and five assists and is the first wild rookie to average one point per game in his first six competitions.
San Jose was 1 for 4 in the power game and finished a 0 for 12 stretch. It also killed a penalty called with 5:26 left.
“I think you can see that our game is growing in certain areas. Jonesy made a few stops at the right time. We have one in the power play that was huge for us and our penalty shootout was big at the end of the game. There are many good things. It’s getting better, ”said coach Bob Boughner.
Sharks: Burns’ goal was his 40th game winner and the 26th since joining the Sharks in the 2011-12 season. He is the eighth defender in NHL history to score at least 40 goals. … In search of more speed and movement in the offensive zone, San Jose has optimized some line combinations, with John Leonard coming back with Kane and Tomas Hertl in the second line. Dylan Gambrell centered Timo Meier and Gregor.
Wild: G Cam Talbot, who left the game on Friday with a lower body injury, has not dressed and counts as day to day. Andrew Hammond dropped out of the taxi squad to serve as a backup. … C Nico Sturm (illness unrelated to COVID-19) missed his second game in a row. … Kahkonen had 31 parades.
Sharks: Open a two-game set in Colorado on Tuesday.
Wild: Continue a six-game homestand with the first of two games against Los Angeles on Tuesday.
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