Pavelski, Sharks top Wild

Updated: December 13, 2013

San Jose, CA ( – Joe Pavelski scored two of San Jose’s three
power-play goals as the Sharks got the better of the Minnesota Wild, 3-1, at
SAP Center.

Tomas Hertl provided the eventual game-winner in the second period and Antti
Niemi did the rest in helping the Sharks snap a four-game slide.

Niemi made 29 saves, the only blemish coming off the chest of Sharks
defenseman Brad Stuart with 7:24 remaining in regulation.

Jonas Brodin was credited with the goal for the Wild, who have dropped five
straight on the road.

Niklas Backstrom yielded three goals on 39 shots, the first a one-timer from
the point by Pavelski just 5:54 into the game.

Hertl followed with another power-play tally with 5:17 to go in the opening
period, as the rookie’s wrister from between the circles beat Backstrom up
high for his 15th goal of the season.

Minnesota’s Zenon Konopka was sent off for a questionable high-sticking
penalty 2:11 into the second, and less than two minutes into the double-minor
Pavelski found the back of the net once again.

Game Notes

The Sharks improved to 11-1-3 at home … Joe Thornton finished with two
assists … San Jose’s Logan Couture recorded a game-high eight shots.