Marleau ties Howe for NHL games played record, Sharks lose to Wild

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Patrick Marleau played his 1,767th game and tied Gordie Howe for the most in NHL history in the San Jose Sharks’ 5-2 loss against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy center on Saturday.

Marleau, who was plus-1 in 14:16 of ice time, can break the NHL record by playing game No. 1,768 when the Sharks visit the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday (10 p.m. ET; NHLN, ATTSN-RM, NBCSCA, NHL.TV).

Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist and Kaapo Kahkonen made 26 saves for the Wild (27-13-3), who swept the back-to-back set and have won three in a row.

Minnesota won 3-2 here on Friday.

Brent Burns and Joel Kellman scored for San Jose (18-22-4), which has lost five consecutive games and six of seven. Martin Jones allowed five goals on 24 shots and was pulled after the second period. Josef Korenar made four saves in the third.

Video: SJS@MIN: Fans acknowledge Marleau for tying Howe

Burns scored his first goal since March 5 to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 12:02 of the first period.

The Wild responded with three goals in 1:12.

Zuccarello tied it 1-1 on the power play at 14:35, and Joel Eriksson Ek made it 2-1 at 15:11.

Zach Parise scored for a third straight game to give Minnesota a 3-1 lead at 15:47.

Kirill Kaprizov scored his 17th goal of the season with a one-timer in front to make it 4-1 at 1:14 of the second period.

Nico Sturm made it 5-1 on a wraparound at 19:11.

Kellman tapped in a goal at 17:45 of the third period for the 5-2 final.

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