Patrick Marleau scored twice and James Reimer made 29 saves, as the Sharks set a new franchise road record in a 3-0 win in Minnesota on Tuesday.
San Jose concluded the road portion of its schedule with a stellar 28-10-3 mark, setting a new team standard for road wins and points (59) in a season, passing the 2007-08 club. They tied the 1998-99 Devils and 2014-15 Rangers for the second-most road wins in a season in NHL history.
The Sharks (45-29-6, 96 points) remain three points behind the Kings and Ducks in the Pacific Division. San Jose and Los Angeles have two games remaining, while Anaheim has three.
San Jose scored one goal in each of the three frames.
Logan Couture got it started, gloving a puck in traffic in front of the net before sneaking a backhander through Devan Dubnyk at 4:43 of the first. It was Couture’s fifth goal in the last four games.
Marleau’s power play goal at 5:31 of the second increased the visitors’ lead, when he chipped in a rebound off of the end boards with a backhand. He scored the only goal of the third period, too, whipping a short pass from Melker Karlsson through Dubnyk with 1:45 to go.
Marleau’s second score, his 24th of the season, was just his second even strength goal in the last 45 games.
Despite entering the night on a three-game losing streak and a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a win, the Wild didn’t seem all that energetic or desperate, making life fairly easy on Reimer.
The Sharks goalie improved to 6-2-0 since arriving in February, including three shutouts. He made a key early save on Nino Niederreiter in the game’s first minute, while Niederreiter hit a goal post midway through the second.
The Sharks won two of three games against the Wild in the season series. San Jose won in regulation for the first time in St. Paul since Nov. 2, 2010.
Brenden Dillon had two assists.
The Sharks finished 1-for-3 on the power play, and are 9-for-40 over their last 11 games (22.5 percent).
Minnesota was 0-for-3. San Jose is a perfect 11-for-11 on the PK over their last four games.
Making his first back-to-back starts in teal, and perhaps even making a push to supplant Martin Jones as the playoff starter, Reimer recorded his third shutout in eight starts with San Jose. He’s 17-14-7 on the season.
Dubnyk fell to 32-26-6, allowing three goals on 20 shots.
Chris Tierney was scratched for undisclosed maintenance reasons, allowing Micheal Haley to draw back into the lineup on the fourth line.
Brent Burns, named as the NHL’s second star of the week on Monday, saw a six-game point streak come to an end.
San Jose hosts the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday and Arizona Coyotes on Saturday to close out the 82-game regular season. The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin next week, with the Sharks likely to face Anaheim or Los Angeles.