Havlat, Couture lead Sharks to win
Thornton's 786th career assist moved him into sole possession of 33rd place on the NHL's all-time list.The Wild cut the deficit in half when Pierre-Marc Bouchard slipped behind Sharks rookie defenseman Matt Irwin to beat goalie Antti Niemi with a backhand on a breakaway at 9:44.The visitors had two chances to tie - Kyle Brodziak hit the near post with a wrist shot from the left circle, and Niemi made a pad save on a Mikko Koivu redirection - before the hosts scored again.Couture intercepted a clearing attempt from behind the net by Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom and fed Havlat in front of a wide-open goal at 14:32.Havlat pulled up with a move inside the blue line and attempted to lead Couture with a cross-ice feed.






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