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NHL: Minnesota 4, San Jose 3

Feb. 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM   |   Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Jed Ortmeyer's first goal of the season put Minnesota ahead Sunday and the Wild held on for 4-3 comeback victory over San Jose.

Trailing 3-2 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining, Minnesota defenseman Marco Scandella launched a shot from the point that Matt Cullen tipped past Thomas Greiss and into the San Jose net for the equalizer.

Only 74 seconds later, Ortmeyer deflected a blast by Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, notching his first goal since 2009-10 when he was a member of the Sharks.

Cal Clutterbuck added an unassisted tally and Nick Shultz also scored as Minnesota beat San Jose for a third straight time and kept its playoff hopes alive.

The Wild are five points out of the eighth and final Western Conference playoff seed.

San Jose, meanwhile, wrapped up a nine-game road trip with its eighth loss in 12 contests.

Brett Burns and Joe Thornton each notched a goal and an assist, while Greiss made 22 saves for the Sharks.

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