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Meier has goal and assist, Sharks top Wild 4-1

Joel Eriksson Ek scored the lone goal for Minnesota, which lost for the second time in seven games.
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Minnesota Wild's Nico Sturm (7) shoots but the shot is blocked by San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer (47) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

ST PAUL, Minn. — Timo Meier had a goal and an assist to keep up his strong start to the season, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1. 

Mario Ferraro, Erik Karlsson and Tomas Hertl also scored for San Jose. Logan Couture and Rudolfs Balcers each had two assists, and James Reimer made 26 saves as the Sharks won for the second time in six games. 

Joel Eriksson Ek scored for Minnesota, which lost for the second time in seven games.

Cam Talbot stopped 17 shots in what may have been his shakiest start of the season. 

"We lose 4-1, there's not a lot of guys that played well," Minnesota coach Dean Evason told NHL.com. "… You could go right through the roster, obviously, and you could pick and choose, but on a whole we did not have a good night." . 

Meier, who returned Saturday after missing five games while in COVID-19 protocol, has six goals and eight assists to tie Couture with a team-high 14 points.