ST. PAUL -– Even when the Sharks jumped out a two-goal advantage early in the third period, it didn’t feel safe based on the way the game was going.
Kyle Brodziak scored twice in the final frame and the Wild recorded the extra point in the shootout, winning 4-3 at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.
Minnesota outshot the Sharks 46-28 for the game, dominating for long stretches from the second period on. Jason Pominville’s conversion in the third round of the shootout proved to be the decider.
The Sharks gained five of a possible six points on their three-game road trip, which began with wins in Anaheim and Colorado, although their winless streak in Minnesota was extended to seven games (0-5-2).
Despite getting badly outplayed in the second period, the Sharks held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. They increased it to 3-1 early in the third, when Joe Pavelski intercepted a Nate Prosser pass at the blue line and raced the other way with Joe Thornton. In a reversal of roles, Pavelski passed the puck through the high slot to Thornton’s tape, and Thornton finished it off with his third goal at 1:37.
Minnesota didn’t get discouraged, though. Less than four minutes later, they easily advanced the puck the length of the ice, and Brodziak redirected in a Thomas Vanek pass at 5:13.
Vanek and Brodziak teamed up again to tie it at 3-3, when Mirco Mueller couldn’t break up a pass from Vanek through the slot and Brodziak squeezed it past Antti Niemi midway through the final frame to cap the scoring in regulation.
The Sharks had a 1-0 lead after a wide-open first. After a rush up the ice that started with James Sheppard finding Matt Nieto in the neutral zone, Mueller got credit for his first NHL goal, when he threw the puck towards the net from the corner and it deflected in off of Zach Parise at 16:06.
The Sharks had many more chances sandwiched around Mueller’s marker. A Jason Demers goal was waved off six minutes in; Patrick Marleau was denied on a shorthanded breakaway midway through; and in the final minute Pavelski smacked a shot off of the crossbar on a two-on-one with Thornton.
Tommy Wingels' power play goal gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead at 4:20 of the second, when he snapped in a loose puck past Kuemper's short side. Minnesota got on the board later in the second, when Koivu flipped in a Jason Zucker pass after his line had the Sharks' third line pinned in its own end for a long while.
Making his third straight start, Niemi made his fair share of impressive stops early. He denied Charlie Coyle in the first minute after Coyle snuck behind Mueller in the slot, and stacked his pads to turn aside a Mikko Koivu shot from the circle with nine minutes to go.
The Sharks have surrendered just one first period goal while scoring 14. They have now allowed 18 third period goals, however, tied for the most in the league with Buffalo.
San Jose also had two goals disallowed due to contact with the goalie - a Demers marker after Logan Couture nicked Kuemper, and a Burns would-be goal in overtime after the defenseman powered into the goalie.
Minnesota dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 66 percent of draws.
The Wild have outshot their opponent in all nine games this season. The Sharks had done the same in their previous six.
Minnesota entered the game with three wins in its first three homes games by a combined 14-2 score.
Sharks rookie Barclay Goodrow made his NHL debut, getting in the lineup in place of Tye McGinn on the fourth line. The 21-year-old hurt his left hand late in the Sharks’ final preseason game on Oct. 4, delaying his first game by nearly four weeks.
The Wild entered the game having not scored a power play goal this season in 26 chances, finished 0-for-1. The Sharks have killed off 13 of 14 opponent power plays in the last four games.
Wingels’ power play goal was his second of the season, as San Jose was 1-for-2 with a man advantage. The Sharks are 5-for-19 in their last six games.
Niemi was perhaps the Sharks’ best player of the night, keeping the Sharks in the game through two periods. He finished with 43 saves and is 5-3-0.
Kuemper was playing the Sharks for just the third time in his career and improved to 5-2-0 on the season with 25 saves. His best stop came on Wingels’ chance in the final minute of regulation.
Burns increased his point streak to six games, with an assist on Wingels' power play goal.
Goodrow getting in for McGinn was the only Sharks lineup change from Tuesday in Colorado. John Scott was serving the second of his two-game suspension.
Sheppard’s assist on Mueller’s goal was his first point of the season, in his sixth game.
The Sharks return for a brief two-game homestand on Saturday against the New York Islanders and Thursday, Nov. 6 vs. Vancouver. A seven-game road trip begins on Nov. 8 in Dallas.