Meier has a goal and an assist, the Sharks dominate the Wild 4-1 | Sports


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Timo Meier had a goal and an assist to keep his strong start going, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Mario Ferraro, Erik Karlsson and Tomas Hertl also scored for San Jose. Logan Couture and Rudolfs Balcers had two assists and James Reimer made 26 saves as the Sharks won for the second time in six games.

Joel Eriksson Ek scored for Minnesota, who lost for the second time in seven games. Cam Talbot stopped 17 shots.

Meier, who returned on Saturday after missing five games while in COVID-19 protocol, has six goals and eight assists to tie Couture with a team record of 14 points. Only two players in Sharks history have accumulated more points in their first 10 games: Owen Nolan 17 in 1999-00 and Joe Thornton 16 in 2005-06 and 15 in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

He got the second assist on Ferraro’s opening goal and scored on a fine individual effort with 42.2 seconds left in the first period for a 2-0 lead. Meier carried the puck into the right circle, turned on the outside and returned a pass to Marc-Edouard Vlasic on point. Vlasic’s shot hit the traffic ahead but swerved towards Meier who was charging from the right side for an easy goal just below the point.

Playing Game 4 of a five-game road trip, San Jose was looking to bounce back from a 6-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday.

After a clever stick grip around Hertl, Eriksson Ek’s shot from the right circle beat Reimer 5:25 in the second period, but the shot from Karlsson’s top corner 4 minutes later in a 4-way action. against 4 pushed San Jose’s lead to 3- 1.

Looking for their sixth win in nine games after the opponent scored the first, Minnesota moved top scorer Ryan Hartman between Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello in the third period to no avail. Kaprizov had two shots on goal and only managed eight in his last four games. The 2021 Calder Memorial Trophy winner scored three goals in 15 games after scoring 27 in 55 games last season.

NOTES: San Jose’s Dr. Radim Simek was eliminated in good health for the first time this season as the Sharks continue to seek a consistent third pair of defensemen. Dr. Santeri Hatakka stepped back.


Sharks: In St. Louis Thursday night.

Wild: Host Dallas on Thursday night.

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