Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau found the perfect way to celebrate their new contract extensions.
Thornton scored his second goal of the game with 1:30 remaining in overtime to lead the San Jose Sharks to their sixth straight win, 3-2 over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
With precious little space left under the salary cap, the Minnesota Wild were looking for another experienced, puck-moving defenseman.
Keith Ballard was seeking a fresh start, and thus the match was made.
The Wild signed Ballard to a two-year, $3 million contract on Friday and also re-signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a three-year, $8 million contract.
This Fourth of July for the Minnesota Wild was a little less eventful than the last.
Still, the Wild made another holiday splash by bringing in more help for their blue line.
The Wild announced Thursday they agreed to terms on a two-year contract with defenseman Keith Ballard, who was available after being let go by Vancouver earlier this week with a compliance buyout.