Minnesota Wild defenseman Ian Cole, celebrates with Ryan Hartman (38) and Carson Soucy (21) after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ian Cole, celebrates with Ryan Hartman (38) and Carson Soucy (21) after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Wild beat Sharks 6-2 for third win in a row

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Mats Zuccarello had a goal and three assists, and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 6-2 on Monday night for their third consecutive win.

It was the highest scoring game of the season for Minnesota, which is rounding into form after being sidelined for a couple weeks this month because of COVID-19 protocols.

Victor Rask had a goal and two assists for the Wild, who improved to 3-1 on their five-game road trip. Kirill Kaprizov, Marcus Foligno, Ian Cole and Jonas Brodin also scored, and Kaapo Kahkonen made 31 saves.

“I think this group has confidence for sure,” Minnesota coach Dean Evason said. “Clearly you feel good about yourself when you can score goals and obviously defend as well. We’ve been real good at taking it one game at a time and clearly we’ve got to continue to do that.”

The Sharks fell flat in the opener of a season-long eight-game homestand. Next up is a challenging stretch when they play 11 of their next 13 against either St. Louis, Vegas or Colorado, the top three teams in the West Division.

Brent Burns and Logan Couture scored for San Jose, which was outscored 3-1 in the second period. Martin Jones made 16 saves on 20 shots before he was replaced by Devan Dubnyk.

“We’re a team that can’t rely on one line,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. “We have to have, every night, strong goaltending. We can’t give the other team outrageous chances. We have to be tight.”

The Sharks scored 45 seconds into the game on a nifty goal from Burns, who knocked the puck around a defender at the blue line and went right to left to flip a backhand past Kahkonen.

But the Wild grabbed the lead for good with a pair of goals 11 seconds apart midway through the first. Zuccarello tied it when he scored from the right circle at 7:49. Right after that, Zuccarello found Kaprizov camped to the left of the net for another score that gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead.

“Especially with Burns getting a goal (early), it can take the wind out of your sails,” Foligno said. “But we answered right back. We did a really good job.”

IN THEIR Defence

The Sharks played their fourth consecutive game without injured defencemen Erik Karlsson (groin) and Radim Simek (upper body). Karlsson’s return date isn’t known but coach Bob Boughner said before the game that Simek could potentially return Thursday against Vegas.

CARRYING THE LOAD

Kahkonen continues to play well while starting goalie Cam Talbot goes through COVID-19 protocol. He has stopped 73 of 77 shots over the past three games.

ROOKIE STANDOUT

Kaprizov entered the night tied for the Minnesota lead with 11 points and continued his strong season with a goal and assist.

UP NEXT

Wild: Visit the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

Sharks: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.

By The Associated Press

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