National Hockey League
Minnesota 6, San Jose 3
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 24, 2021
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
Referees: Trevor Hanson, Ian Walsh
Linesmen: Vaughan Rody, Andrew Smith
Attendance: N/A

Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen and the Minnesota Wild held off a late-game push from the host San Jose Sharks for a 6-3 win on Saturday night for their seventh victory in a row.

Ryan Suter, Marcus Foligno, Jared Spurgeon, Kevin Fiala, Kirill Kaprizov and Nick Bonino all found the back of the net for Minnesota, and Kahkonen made 27 saves.

Logan Couture, Evander Kane and Joachim Blichfeld scored for San Jose. It was Blichfeld's first career goal. Martin Jones allowed three goals on eight shots before being replaced by Josef Korenar, who made 15 saves.

The Sharks' losing streak reached eight games.

Suter gave the Wild a 1-0 lead 19 seconds into the game with a snap shot that coasted over Jones' shoulder.

About 12 minutes later, just after Kahkonen shut the door on a Marc-Edouard Vlasic redirect, Minnesota took the puck the other way and Joel Eriksson Ek set up Foligno to make it 2-0.

Spurgeon's wrist shot at 17:43 increased Minnesota's lead, 3-0, and Jones exited the game at the intermission.

The Sharks outshot the Wild 13-7 in the second period, but Kahkonen kept them off the scoreboard. With 50 seconds remaining in the period, Fiala backhanded a rebound shot around Korenar to give the Wild a 4-0 lead.

The Sharks finally got on the board early in the third period when Couture punched in Timo Meier's rebound at 1:19.

Minnesota got that goal back on the power play when Kaprizov put the Wild up 5-1 at 4:28. Kane answered for the Sharks just 21 seconds later, closing the gap once again to three.

Blichfeld further tightened the margin by going bar down on Kahkonen at the 6:06 mark to make it 5-3.

However, Bonino buried an empty net goal with 22 seconds left to close out the scoring.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Minnesota   San Jose
Nick Bonino 2 Points Joachim Blichfeld 1
Nick Bonino 1 Goals Joachim Blichfeld 1
Nick Bonino 1 Assists Rudolfs Balcers 1
Kirill Kaprizov 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Kaapo Kahkonen .900 Save Percentage Josef Korenar .882
Kaapo Kahkonen 27 Saves Josef Korenar 15
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 26 6 1-3 0-0 0 23
San Jose 30 3 0-0 2-3 6 31
Upcoming Games
  • San Jose will play their next game at home against Arizona. The Sharks have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .393 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Wild have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .625 after a loss.