Wild fire head coach Boudreau

By Chad Klassen	
		DEAN EVASON		Former Kamloops junior head coach player gets first opportunity as NHL head coach				Feb 14 2020

Melker Karlsson scored an empty-net goal off an assist from Barclay Goodrow with 15 seconds left to seal the victory, the fourth straight for the Sharks away from SAP Center. Boudreau took Minnesota to the playoffs in his first two seasons there.

That's why Friday's decision surprised the heck out of everyone, nobody, of course, more than the unsuspecting coach with 567 career victories who arrived to work in the.

The Sharks played in Winnipeg the previous evening and the Wild, who started the day three points behind Arizona for the final wild card in the Western Conference, hoped the coaching change would spark a run to the playoffs.

The Minnesota Wild fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday with the goal of correcting some inconsistencies and making a late-season push for a playoff spot.

Minnesota had won seven of its past 11 games during a home-heavy stretch under Boudreau.

Injuries: Sharks Cs Logan Couture (fractured ankle) and Tomas Hertl (knee) and D Dalton Prout (upper body) are out.

Gambrell is trying to make the most of his opportunity as one of the fill-ins.

Players to watch: Sharks D Brent Burns on Friday in Winnipeg became the eighth active defenseman and 66th all time to play in 1,100 National Hockey League games. San Jose is 8-7-1 under Boughner since the calendar turned to 2020. Prior to joining the Wild as an assistant coach, Evason served as the head coach of the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals from 2012-18, amassing a cumulative 242-161-53 record.

The Sharks played without forward Evander Kane and defenseman Erik Karlsson. The Sharks recalled Jacob Middleton from the Barracuda to take Karlsson's spot on the roster.

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