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Wild clinch playoffs with win over Sharks

Kirill Kaprizov increased his goal-scoring streak to five games.
Credit: AP
Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) scores a goal past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 24, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Ryan Suter scored 19 seconds in, Kirill Kaprizov scored in his fifth straight game and the Minnesota Wild clinched a playoff spot with a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Marcus Foligno and Jared Spurgeon also scored in the first period as the Wild jumped on top early to win their sixth straight game. 

The Sharks lost their eighth straight game. Martin Jones allowed three goals in the first period and was pulled for the eighth time in 32 starts.