Series (Game 1 of 4)
San Jose leads 3-1
(7-1-0, 14 pts)
(6-2-0, 12 pts)
10:30 PM ET, October 21, 2006
SAP Center, San Jose, California
W. Walz (Wild - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1
S. Veilleux (Wild - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1
K. Johnsson (Wild - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0
Minnesota (6-1-0) at San Jose (6-1-0) 10:30 pm EDT
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- After suffering their first loss
of the season, the Minnesota Wild try to rebound when they take
on the sizzling San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
The Wild, who conclude a three-game west coast trip against the
Sharks, suffered their first defeat of the season on Friday when
they were edged, 2-1, by the Anaheim Ducks.
Minnesota fell behind, 2-0, in the second period before
Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored his first goal of the season at
12:18 of the middle session.
Bouchard picked up a loose puck after a scramble in front of the
Anaheim net and shot the puck past Anaheim netminder
The Wild, who had converted 10-of-36 power-play opportunities in
their first six games, were blanked in five attempts against
The Sharks, off to the best start in franchise history at 6-1-0,
enter after an impressive 5-1 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings
San Jose went 5-for-13 on the power play as Patrick Marleau
scored twice and Milan Michalek added a goal and two assists. On
the season, the Sharks are 14-for-51 (27.5 percent) with the
Sharks netminder Vesa Toskala stopped 21 shots in raising his
record to 4-0-0, upping his save percentage to .912 and lowering
his goals-against average to 2.48.