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NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Minnesota



(Sunday, December 8th)

Final Score: Minnesota 3, San Jose 1

St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Parise potted a pair of goals and Josh Harding posted a season-high 37 saves, as the Minnesota Wild edged the San Jose Sharks, 3-1, on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.

Mikko Koivu also lit the lamp for the Wild, who have won three of their last four games.

"We did a great job defending tonight," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We were really sharp in our own zone. Against the rush, we were clear and decisive, picking out the right guys, sorting things out.

"But we just did an awful lot of that. That's why it's hard to get shots if you're defending as much as we were tonight."

Patrick Marleau scored the Sharks' lone goal, while Antti Niemi allowed two goals on 12 shots in the setback, which extended San Jose's losing streak to a season-high three games.

After a scoreless opening frame, the Sharks peppered Harding with 21 shots in the second period, but Minnesota notched the only two goals of the stanza despite managing just six shots.

Parise got the Wild on the board at the 3:55 mark when a long rebound off a left point blast from Marco Scandella ended up between the circles, where Parise backhanded it home for a 1-0 lead.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan thought the goal shouldn't have counted.

"I'll be looking for an explanation," McLellan said. "I don't know how the outcome of the game would've gone, who knows what happens if that's disallowed."

Minnesota doubled the margin under five minutes later when Koivu was given room to work above the right circle and made his way to the slot before rifling a wrister past the blocker side of Niemi for a 2-0 lead at 8:11.

Marleau made things interesting with his 13th of the season at 18:19, but Parise put home an empty-netter in the closing seconds to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

San Jose fell to 9-5-3 on the road, while Minnesota improved to 13-3-2 at home this season ... Minnesota has won six straight at home against San Jose ... San Jose's Joe Thornton had his point-streak snapped at eight games ... San Jose went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Minnesota finished 0-for-2.

12/08 23:30:28 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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