Series (Game 4 of 4)

Minnesota leads 3-1

Game 1: Wednesday, October 19th
Game 2: Saturday, November 5th
Game 3: Thursday, February 2nd
Game 4: Saturday, March 25th

Sharks 5

(35-24-10, 80 pts)

Wild 1

(32-32-7, 71 pts)

8:00 PM ET, March 25, 2006

Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 35
MIN 0 1 01

J. Cheechoo (Sharks - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

J. Thornton (Sharks - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

P. Marleau (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

San Jose (34-24-10) at Minnesota (32-31-7) 8:00 pm EST

San Jose (34-24-10) at Minnesota (32-31-7) 8:00 pm EST

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Joe Thornton is looking to avoid becoming the highest-scoring player not to compete in this year's postseason.

Thornton tries to lead the San Jose Sharks to their seventh win in nine games Saturday when they visit the Minnesota Wild in the third contest of a five-game road trip.

Trailing only Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers in the race for the Art Ross Trophy, Thornton leads the league in assists (75) and has 100 points, one shy from tying his career high.

However, Thornton and the Sharks came up empty in their most lopsided defeat since January 28, a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. The outcome left San Jose two points behind Edmonton for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Minnesota's postseason hopes continue to flicker away. The Wild have dropped three of four and are nine points behind the Oilers with 12 games to play.

Marian Gaborik scored his 33rd goal and Brian Rolston added his 29th for Minnesota in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.

The Wild have taken all three meetings against the Sharks this season, including a 3-2 shootout victory February 2. Gaborik tied the game with 5:01 left in the third period and Rolston had the game-winner in the shootout.