ST. PAUL, Minn. — Brent Burns broke a tie with 1:48 remaining in the third period to give the San Jose Sharks a 5-3 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.
Burns gave the Sharks a 4-3 lead with a backhand shot for his second goal of the season. Ryan Donato, Evander Kane, Noah Gregor and Matt Nieto also scored for the Sharks (3-3-0), who salvaged a split of their two-game set with the Wild following a 4-1 loss here on Friday. Martin Jones made 26 saves.
Zach Parise, Nick Bjugstad and Kevin Fiala scored, and Kaapo Kahkonen made 31 saves for the Wild (4-2-0), who were denied a third straight win.
Parise made it 1-0 at 4:21 of the first period on Minnesota’s first shot on goal. Kirill Kaprizov fed Parise for a partial 2-on-1, and Parise chipped a shot over Jones’ shoulder.
Donato tied it 1-1 at 19:02 of the first with a shot from the right side of the net that got between Kahkonen’s pads.
Kane scored a power-play goal at 6:39 of the second period when he one-timed a pass from Timo Meier to give San Jose a 2-1 lead.
Bjugstad thought he scored 1:06 later, when he jammed the puck over the goal line at 7:45 of the second. But the Sharks used their coach’s challenge, and video review determined Bjugstad interfered with Jones.
Gregor then scored his first goal of the season at 8:26 of the second period with a wrist shot to make it 3-1.
Bjugstad made it 3-2 when he redirected a rebound at 16:47 of the second.
Fiala tied it 3-3 with a power-play goal at 7:20 of the third, four seconds after Sharks forward Marcus Sorensen was penalized for slashing.
Nieto scored an empty-net goal at 19:31 for the 5-3 final.