Karlsson leads Sharks past Wild 4-3 in shootout

Erik Karlsson scored two times in law after which added the deciding target within the 8th spherical of the shootout to steer the San Jose Sharks previous the Minnesota Wild Four-Three

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Erik Karlsson scored two times in law after which added the deciding target within the 8th spherical of the shootout to steer the San Jose Sharks previous the Minnesota Wild Four-Three on Monday evening.

“We ask numerous him,” trainer Bob Boughner mentioned. “A sport like this night displays how he could make a distinction in a sport. He can flip an entire sport round together with his talent. He did that this night.”

Karlsson capped a stellar evening via finishing a streak of 9 blended misses via each groups when he beat Cam Talbot with a slap shot.

Karlsson had his first two-goal sport within the common season in additional than 3 years and Radim Simek additionally scored because the Sharks rebounded from back-to-back losses in Arizona. Martin Jones made 22 saves and allowed handiest two targets within the shootout.

“Everyone knows that we did not in reality have our bodily talent in Arizona this weekend,” Karlsson mentioned. “I felt like we did lately although it used to be just a little of a sloppy sport for each groups. We discovered a strategy to capitalize at the possibilities we were given.”

Marcus Johansen, Nick Bonino and Kevin Fiala scored for the Wild, who misplaced for simply the 3rd time in 11 video games. Talbot made 36 saves.

The groups traded targets within the first part of the 3rd duration with Karlsson giving the Sharks a Three-2 lead on a blast from the blue line and Fiala answering after Johansen hit the submit.

“It used to be robust for us to return again within the 3rd once they were given the target. It were given us going,” Johansen mentioned. “There’s no hand over on this staff. It’s all the time a just right signal. However you’re now not going to win each sport. (Talbott) gave us a just right sport and within the shootout as neatly. It simply wasn’t our evening.”

Karlsson closing scored a couple of targets in a normal season sport on Dec. 19, 2017, for Ottawa in opposition to Minnesota. He additionally did it in Recreation Three of the Western Convention ultimate for San Jose in opposition to St. Louis in 2019.

The Wild took just about 11 mins to get a shot on target however nonetheless controlled to take a 2-1 lead after the primary in spite of getting outshot 18-7. Johansen beat Jones from the prime slot thru site visitors for the primary target after which Joel Eriksson Ek created a ravishing 2nd target to re-gain the lead after Simek tied it.

Eriksson Ek used a toe drag to elude Nikolai Knyzhov after which slid a cross-ice cross to an open Bonino, who knocked it into the open web with 1:00 closing within the duration.

“That used to be one of the most very best ones I’ve scored,” Bonino mentioned. “It used to be a ravishing play.”

The Sharks tied it overdue in the second one when Karlsson completed off a 2-on-1 rush on a cross from Evander Kane.


Sharks ahead Patrick Marleau handed Mark Messier and moved into sole ownership of 2nd position at the video games performed together with his 1,757th. Gordie Howe has the best-ever report of one,767.


Sharks ahead Matt Nieto will most probably pass over the remainder of the week with a lower-body harm. Nieto has now not performed since March 19 and used to be first of all indexed as day after day however will now pass over extra time after happening injured reserve. Jeffrey Viel used to be referred to as up from the AHL and made his NHL debut. Viel were given a combating penalty for a bout with Luke Johnson on his first occupation shift.


The groups play once more on Wednesday evening in San Jose.


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