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Matt Boldy, Minnesota Wild beat San Jose Sharks 3-1


Matt Boldy, Minnesota Wild beat San Jose Sharks 3-1

The San Jose Sharks once again had a chance to earn a rare post-all-star break victory on Thursday night as they faced the Minnesota Wild.

Once again, the third period proved to be the Sharks’ undoing, although this wasn’t a case where they were badly outplayed.

The Sharks allowed an even-strength goal to Matt Boldy just 18 seconds into the third period and were unable to find the equalizer in a 3-1 loss to the Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

An aggressive Wild forecheck after the period’s opening faceoff at center ice created a turnover in the Sharks’ zone. After the puck came toward the front of the Sharks’ net, Kirill Kaprizov had his shot attempt blocked by Kyle Burroughs, but the puck came straight to Boldy, who was open to score his 25th of the season past Sharks goalie Mackenzie Blackwood.

Ryan Hartman scored an empty-net goal with 54 seconds left in the third period to seal the win for Minnesota, which has now lost just once in regulation time in its last 11 games.

Mikael Granlund scored for the Sharks and Blackwood finished with 30 saves as San Jose’s record since February’s NHL all-star break fell to 2-16-3. The Sharks had 17 shots in the third period but could not beat Wild goalie Filip Gustavsson a second time.

In third periods and overtime in the nine-game skid, the Sharks have now been outscored 22-1. Overall during this most recent losing streak, the Sharks have been outscored 44-18.

San Jose finishes its two-game road trip on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues.

Badly outplayed in the first period, the Sharks played with a lot more passion and energy in the second and scored the tying goal at the 9:26 mark.

Taking advantage of a bad Minnesota line change, Granlund took a long pass from Jan Rutta and skated into the Wild’s zone on a Sharks 3-on-1. He tried to send a centering pass to William Eklund, but the puck hit the stick of defenseman Declan Chisholm and came right back to him, where Granlund batted it past goalie Filip Gustavsson for his 11th goal of the season.

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