NHL

Koivu rallies Minnesota in wild third to beat Sharks

  • Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle (3) reaches for the puck next to San Jose Sharks' Brenden Dillon (4) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle (3) reaches for the puck next to San Jose Sharks' Brenden Dillon (4) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks' Brenden Dillon (4) skates next to Minnesota Wild's Jason Pominville (29) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks' Brenden Dillon (4) skates next to Minnesota Wild's Jason Pominville (29) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk stops a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk stops a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

Mikko Koivu scored back-to-back goals midway through the third period and the Minnesota Wild overcame a late two-goal deficit to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Thursday night.

The teams combined for five goals in the third, with Joel Ward and Patrick Marleau putting San Jose ahead 4-2 in the first five minutes before Eric Staal scored once and Koivu twice to bring the Wild back. Koivu scored twice in 1:55, with the go-ahead goal coming with 9:42 left.

Minnesota got its seventh straight victory on the road. Staal also had two goals and Zach Parise scored for the Wild, who were playing their first game since their 12-game winning streak was snapped by Columbus.

Devan Dubnyk saved 30 shots in his first appearance in San Jose in over two years, when he was with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Joonas Donskoi and Joe Pavelski also scored for the Sharks, who lost their third straight, matching a season high. Martin Jones made 21 saves.