SAN JOSE -- TJ Galiardi scored midway through the third period to put the finishing touch on the San Jose Sharks' sixth consecutive victory, a 4-2 decision over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.
Martin Havlat, Dan Boyle and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 13-1-4 at home this season.
Charlie Coyle and Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who have lost two straight and three of four after winning seven straight.
The victory lifted the Sharks (19-11-6) into a tie for third place in the Western Conference with the Wild (21-13-2) and the Vancouver Canucks. The Sharks leaped over the idle Los Angeles Kings.
The Wild remain atop the Northwest Division despite their recent woes. They also remain on the road, where they are 8-9-1, for two more games, including Thursday night at Los Angeles.
San Jose remains at home for two more games, Friday against the Calgary Flames and Sunday against the Dallas Stars.
The Sharks, one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now, were tied for the eighth spot with the Nashville Predators before embarking on their current winning streak.
Galiardi became the most recent example of the Sharks sharing the limelight. He scored his first goal since Feb. 26 and his second all season.
Havlat has scored seven points in nine games since returning from an injury. He had six points in the 20 games before getting hurt.
Antii Niemi saved 31 of 33 shots for the Sharks, while Niklas Backstrom topped 29 of 33 for the Wild.
The Sharks evened their season series at 1-1 with the Wild and will host Minnesota again in two weeks.
San Jose did not allow a power-play situation until there were less than 54 seconds remaining to play. The Sharks did not allow Vancouver a power play at all on Monday night.
The Wild were 0-for-5 on the power play in Monday's loss to the St. Louis Blues and have scored twice in their last 20 power-play situations.
The Sharks wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, scoring twice in the first 5:19 of play.
Havlat scored his fifth goal of the season, and just his second in two months, with 1:34 elapsed. He took a nifty shot that sailed past Wild Backstrom after Thornton set him up with a nice pass.
Thornton recorded an assist in his fourth straight contest.
Boyle didn't need much help to score his sixth goal of the season in a 5-on-3 situation at 5:19 of the first.
Boyle picked up the puck in his own zone and skated down the ice, getting past Ryan Suter with a nice move and beating Backstrom one-on-one.
Backstrom later recorded two magnificent saves in one-on-one situations, which proved vital as the Wild came back to tie the game with two quick goals of their own in the second period.
Coyle, whom the Sharks made their first-round draft pick three years ago, was in a give-and-go with Zach Parise and followed Parise's shot on goal to tap in the rebound.
Heatley, a former Shark, scored 25 seconds later, firing a shot from just inside the blue line that got past Niemi. Justin Falk was credited with the assist.
Brent Burns helped the Sharks regain the lead at 3-2 late in the second period. He intercepted a clearing pass and threw it into the middle, where Thornton patiently waited for an opening and then fired a shot that deflected off the right skate of Clayton Stoner and into the net.
NOTES: Heatley scored in two consecutive games for the first time this season. ... The Wild recalled F Johan Larsson from Houston to replace C Matt Cullen on the roster. Cullen is expected to miss at least two games with an upper body injury. ... The Sharks acquired two players on Wednesday in exchange for draft picks. They got D Scott Hannan from the Nashville Predators and LW Raffi Torres from the Phoenix Coyotes. Hannan spent the first eight years of his career in San Jose, playing in 508 games, 10th all-time among Sharks players. His plus-45 rating ranks him fifth all-time. ... Parise has 16 points in his last 15 games.