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NHL: San Jose 3, Minnesota 2

Oct. 12, 2003 at 11:16 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Alyn McCauley and Patrick Marleau each scored on the power play in a three-goal stretch in the first period Sunday as San Jose posted a 3-2 victory over Minnesota.

San Jose won for the first time in five visits to the Xcel Energy Center, scoring three times in a span of 3:13. McCauley beat Dwayne Roloson off a centering feed from Vincent Damphousse for a 1-1 tie with 3:23 left in the first.

The Sharks needed just 23 seconds to take the lead for good. Scott Thornton intercepted a clearing attempt and directed it toward Mike Ricci, who backhanded a shot past Roloson.

San Jose went on the power play again with 50 seconds left in the period and Marleau pushed home a shot from in close.

Roloson was replaced after allowing three goals on 13 shots. Manny Fernandez, stopped all 15 shots over the final two periods.

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