Shark Attack: Wild Drown in Shark Tank

Nick MaxsonCorrespondent INovember 5, 2008

After Minnesota tallied first, San Jose came back with three un-answered goals to defeat Minnesota 3-1 at the HP Pavilion on Tuesday.

Krystofer Kolanos, recently called up from the Wild's AHL affiliate Houston Aeros, scored the only goal for the Wild.

San Jose received goals from Mike Grier, Ryane Clowe and Jaime McGinn while Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves on the night.

The Sharks offensive attack was brutal and eventually wore the Minnesota defense down. San Jose registered 49 shots on goal in the game with 22 coming in the third period.

San Jose improved to 11-2 on the season holding a four point lead in the Western Conference over Detroit.

With the loss Minnesota dropped to 7-3-1 but holds a tie with the Calgary Flames at 15 points in the Northwest division.

Minnesota has been dealing with some injury problems. Tomas Mojzis and Brent Burns were sidelined with upper body injuries while Owen Nolan and Marian Gaborik are suffering from lower body injuries.

Kurtis Foster has been skating, but no set date has been scheduled for his return from a broken leg.

As of late, no new information has surfaced about Marian Gaborik's future with the Wild since the report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune said the Wild were actively shopping Gaborik with other NHL teams.

Minnesota continues to wait for Gaborik's return to the ice as he has only played in two games this season registering only one goal against Atlanta back in October.