Backstrom earns shutout as the Minnesota Wild tame the San Jose Sharks

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The Wild celebrate Zack Parise's 2nd period goal. Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report.
The Wild celebrate Zack Parise's 2nd period goal. Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report.
The Wild celebrate Zack Parise’s 2nd period goal.
Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report.

In their 30th game of the year the Minnesota Wild improve their season record to 18-10-2 by defeating the San Jose Sharks on March 23, 2013.  With the win the Wild’s win streak advances to five and eight of their last eleven.

The game started uneventfully with neither team scoring in the first period as 19,358 fans filled the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The crowd, the second largest regular season crowd ever, was buzzing awaiting the first goal.

The fans would have to wait until 12 minutes into the second period for newly arrived favorite Zach Parise would put a one timer from Mikko Koivu over the glove of San Jose goalie Antti Niemi.  Assistant captain Ryan Suter also picked up an assist on the goal. The goal brought the sellout crowd to their feet in thunderous applause and put the Wild up 1-0.

Defenseman Jared Spurgeon took just 1:17 minutes in the third to rocket a one time, on the power play, from the top of the circle top shelf over Niemi’s blocker.  Koivu and Suter assisted on this beautiful passing demonstration that saw the Wild go up 2-0.

The Wild will play next at the Dallas Stars on Monday March 25.  Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for more Wild and Minnesota sports news and photos.