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Minnesota 4, St. Louis 3

Feb. 7, 2003 at 10:47 PM   |   Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- One day after Coach Jacques Lemaire received a contract extension, the Minnesota Wild set a franchise record for wins Friday night, rallying from a two-goal deficit to post a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Minnesota recorded its 27th win, one more than last season and two more than the Wild won in their inaugural campaign of 2000-01.

Special teams were the difference for Minnesota after the teams combined for four goals during a 1:57 span early in the first period.

Cliff Ronning snapped a 2-2 tie with a five-on-three goal 91 seconds into the third period and Antti Laaksonen scored on a breakaway while the Wild were shorthanded to make it 4-2 just under four minutes later.

Laaksonen's tally turned out to be the game-winner as Teemu Selanne pulled the Sharks within a goal with 6:10 left.

Patrick Marleau and Scott Hannan scored 33 seconds apart to give San Jose a 2-0 lead. Richard Park got Minnesota on the board at 5:50 and Pascal Dupuis tied it 44 seconds later.

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