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San Jose 3, Minnesota 3 (OT)

Oct. 16, 2001 at 11:36 PM   |   Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Mike Ricci's power-play goal with 2:32 left in regulation Tuesday night gave the San Jose Sharks a 3-3 tie with the Minnesota Wild, who remained the only unbeaten team in the NHL.

With Minnesota center Aaron Gavey in the penalty box for hooking, Ricci took a pass at the edge of the slot from defenseman Gary Suter and wristed it past goaltender Dwayne Roloson for his first goal of the season.

Suter had a chance to win it for San Jose with 17 seconds left in overtime after Niklas Sundstrom took a shot from just inside the blue line. Roloson gloved the puck and held on. Seconds earlier, Owen Nolan was stopped by Roloson after taking a shot from the left faceoff circle.

Stacy Roest tried to win it for the Wild with a point-blank shot on Evgeni Nabokov, who made a glove save before the red-hot Roest could get to the rebound.

Minnesota's season-opening six-game unbeaten streak (3


3) is two games shy of the longest in its brief history.

Sundstrom and Mark Smith also scored for the Sharks, who are unbeaten in four of their last five games (2


2-1).
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