Despite quick start, San Jose Sharks begin homestand with a thud

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 22: San Jose Sharks’ Nikolai Knyzhov (71) fights against Minnesota Wild’s Marcus Foligno (17) in the first period at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Every time it seemed like the San Jose Sharks had a chance to establish some momentum Monday night, the Minnesota Wild would come back with a better response.

Brent Burns scored a dazzling goal just 45 seconds into the first period, and the Wild responded with two quick goals less than eight minutes later. The Sharks killed a penalty to Logan Couture early in the second period, only to see Minnesota score at even strength shortly after the two-minute call expired.

When all was said and done, the Sharks simply couldn’t keep up with Wild, losing 6-2 at SAP Center to open what figures to be a grueling eight-game homestand.

Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks and Martin Jones stopped 16 of 20 shots before he was replaced by Devan Dubnyk at the 10:48 mark of the second period.

Even Couture’s goal, his team-leading 10th of the season with just over eight minutes left in the second period, was quickly nullified.

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With the Sharks down 4-2, defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov was assessed a double-minor for high sticking at the 13:28 mark of the second…

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