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Associated Press, Published February 26 2012

Ortmeyer’s late goal gives Wild win over San Jose

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Jed Ortmeyer’s first goal of the season gave the Minnesota Wild the lead with 4:13 left in a 4-3 victory on Sunday, sending the San Jose Sharks home with a tough loss to finish 2-6-1 on a season-long nine-game road trip.

Nick Schultz’s first goal of the season – a slap shot just four seconds into a Wild power play – tied the game at 2. Kyle Brodziak won a faceoff and sent the puck to Schultz, who zinged it past Sharks defenseman Jim Vandermeer.

Matt Cullen ended an 18-game goal-less skid with a deflection of Marco Scandella’s shot from the blue. The puck bounced in the goal like a basketball with 5:27 remaining. Then just 74 seconds later, Ortmeyer sliced across the slot and got a stick on Jared Spurgeon’s shot.

San Jose 2 0 1 – 3

Minnesota 1 1 2 – 4

First period: 1, San Jose, Wingels 3 (McGinn, Marleau), 1:22. 2, San Jose, Thornton 14 (Mitchell, Burns), 3:21. 3, Minnesota, Clutterbuck 14, 9:13.

Second period: 4, Minnesota, Schultz 1 (Brodziak), 1:43 (pp).

Third period: 5, San Jose, Burns 10 (Thornton, Marleau), 8:45 (pp). 6, Minnesota, Cullen 14 (Scandella), 14:33. 7, Minnesota, Ortmeyer 1 (Spurgeon), 15:47.

Shots on Goal – San Jose 12-2-14 – 28. Minnesota 7-13-6 – 26.

Goalies: San Jose, Greiss 8-7-1 (26 shots-22 saves). Minnesota, Backstrom 17-16-6 (28-25).

A – 17,401 (18,064). T – 2:25.