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Wild hang on for a wacky win against Sharks

Matt Cullen

Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen, right, celebrates his goal after scoring on San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild defeated the Sharks 5-4 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)


One cannot blame the Minnesota Wild for having some mixed feelings about their 5-4 shootout win against the San Jose Sharks. Still, they’ve been free-falling in such a severe way that style points mean absolutely nothing compared to standings points. The Sharks scored two goals 22 seconds apart to make it 4-4 and send it into OT, but Matt Cullen’s great 1,000th game performance helped Minny build some crucial confidence.

Here’s the recap:

Josh Harding gets into the psychology of prepping for a shootout:

And just to make sure all the bases are covered, check out the highlights: