Recap: San Jose vs. Minnesota

 

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San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Thornton scored two goals in his first game since agreeing to a three-year contract extension, including the game- winner in overtime, to lead San Jose to a 3-2 comeback victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

The Sharks erased a 2-0 deficit in the second period and in the extra session, Thornton beat Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper with a slap shot from the left circle with 1:30 remaining.

Patrick Marleau, who also re-upped for three years on Friday, supplied the other San Jose goal.

Antti Niemi stopped 20 shots, helping the Sharks win six in a row for the third time this season.

Kuemper made 30 saves in his seventh straight start for Minnesota, which fell to 8-3-1 in 2014.

"When you don't get the second (point) it still stings a little for sure," said Wild head coach Mike Yeo.

Matt Cooke beat Niemi on a breakaway 9:33 into the contest. Keith Ballard then ended a 114-game goal drought as he pinched in from his defensive position for a shot from low in the left circle at 4:16 of the second period.

It was Ballard's first tally since Oct. 6, 2011.

Thornton and Marleau scored 49 seconds apart to draw San Jose even.

Off a feed from Joe Pavelski, Thornton fired home a shot at 11:12 of the middle frame. Marleau converted Tommy Wingels' pass at 12:01.

"Maybe it took us a little bit to regroup, but we finally did and we came together," said San Jose defenseman Matt Irwin.

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