Fresh off signing dual contract extensions, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau provided all the offense the Sharks needed in their 3-2 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild. The win was the Sharks' sixth in a row, giving the team their third six-game winning streak of the season and moving them ten points ahead of second-place Los Angeles, who lost tonight and will face San Jose on Monday.

Despite falling into an 0-2 hole against the Wild early in the second period and spending long stretches of time in their own end between Minnesota's first and second tallies, the Sharks mounted a successful comeback effort, capped by a Thornton slapshot past Darcy Kuemper in the extra session.

San Jose received effective shifts from all four lines over the first half of the opening frame but an errant pass by Thornton in the neutral zone, followed by Brad Stuart once again demonstrating he has the turning radius of an aircraft carrier, gave Matt Cooke a breakaway which the Wild forward converted.

A puckhandling error by Antti Niemi behind his own net four minutes into the second allowed the Wild to set up shop beneath the goal line and eventually feed defenseman Keith Ballard for a sharp-angle attempt that snuck past the Sharks goaltender and gave Minnesota a two-goal lead.

Todd McLellan responded by swapping Matt Nieto and Brent Burns on his top two forward lines, a move that paid off in short order as Nieto screened Kuemper while Thornton fired a one-time pass from Pavelski past him to cut the Sharks deficit to one midway through the period. Less than a minute later, Wingels drove down his off-wing before setting up Marleau for the tying goal.

Apart from lethargic play spanning the duration between Minnesota's goals, this was a thorough effort by a Sharks team that just keeps trucking along despite their bevy of injuries up front.

The third line, particularly Tyler Kennedy, came through with another effective performance on the breakout and along the boards in the offensive zone. They might not be chipping in with goals as often as the Sharks would like them to, which mostly relegates San Jose to one-goal victories rather than larger margins, but Kennedy, Andrew Desjardins and Bracken Kearns are setting the table for other lines to start shifts in the offensive zone and they aren't hurting the Sharks defensively.

That's crucial, and it's been an important part of this winning streak.