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NHL: San Jose 5, Minnesota 2

April 4, 2013 at 1:27 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 4 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton put San Jose in front for good late in the second period Wednesday and the Sharks went on to defeat Minnesota 5-2.

After winning seven in a row, the Wild have dropped three out of four. San Jose extended its winning streak to six games despite letting a two-goal lead get away.

Martin Havlat and Dan Boyle gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead after one period, but Charlie Coyle and Dany Heatley produced goals 25 seconds apart in the middle period to lift the Wild into a tie.

Thornton's goal came with 5:18 to go in the second stanza and T.J. Galiardi gave San Jose some insurance 6:55 into the third by scoring on the power play. Andrew Cogliano tacked on an empty-net goal with 4 seconds remaining.

San Jose moved past Los Angeles into a tie with Minnesota and Vancouver for the third-best point total in the Western Conference at 44.

Antti Niemi stopped 31 shots to claim the victory. Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves for Minnesota.

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