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Marleau's hat trick saves the day
SJ wins in shootout after center's late heroics
11/27/09 - By Mike Lee -

Dany Heatley’s first appearance in Edmonton since he rejected a trade to the Oilers was an anti-climactic one, but the Sharks made things interesting in their own way, by battling back from two Oiler leads in the 3rd period and winning a 5-4 head scratching battle in the shootout. Patrick Marleau led the Sharks charge with his 3rd career hat trick, and Joe Thornton added three assists to lead San Jose.

With all the Heatley hype, San Jose looked to take the Edmonton crowd out of the game early. Edmonton looked eager to set some of the tone with physical play out of the gate. That physical play would play a role in the game’s first goal.

Jean-Francois Jacques retaliated after Ryane Clowe was about to be whistled for hooking. Jacques undisciplined hit on Clowe well after the whistle has sounded at 3:13, resulted in fisticuffs between the Oilers winger and Frazer McLaren.

The ensuing 4-on-4 provided the Sharks with a little more ice, and their top line would take advantage. Heatley started things by winding the puck around the Oilers end boards to Thornton, who was parked behind the Edmonton net. Thornton quickly sent a centering pass to Patrick Marleau in the slot for the one-time chance that beat Oilers netminder Jeff Deslauriers.

Both teams wouldn’t generate much in terms of offensive chances the remainder of the period, but the Oilers continued to try and intimidate San Jose with their physical play. A Ryan Potulny check on Jamie McGinn incited a reaction from Jed Ortmeyer, sending both players to the box for more 4-on-4 play right before the end of the period.

The Sharks would cough up the lead midway though the 2nd period on a play similar to the three short-handed goals they surrendered on Wednesday night to Chicago . As Dan Boyle tried entering the Oilers zone, his dump in chance was intercepted at the blueline by Potulny who raced up the ice uncontested, slipping his breakaway chance between Evgeni Nabokov’s pads for his 4th goal of the season.

San Jose ’s uninspired play to start the 3rd period would bite them early. Dustin Penner converted his 14th goal of the season after the Sharks seemed disinterested in playing. Combine that with rookie defenseman Jason Demers falling on the play, and the Sharks were down 2-1 after Penner raced up the slot and beat Nabokov at 2:07 on a rebound off Gilbert Brule’s shot.

Brule would tack on another goal 2 minutes later to make it 3-1 Oilers. Penner sent a shot in on net from the right corner, but defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic whiffed on a clearing attempt. The puck landed on Brule’s stick at the top of the crease, for the easy deposit.

Marleau would score his second of the night at 5:55 of the period after Thornton sent a backdoor pass through the crease. Marleau circled toward the net from the right circle as Thornton sat perched behind the right post, then one-timed the feed past Deslauriers.

San Jose would knot the game at 3-3 less than 3 minutes later, after the Sharks were on a delayed penalty. With Thornton hobbled by a cross-check from Jacques, the Sharks used the extra skater to get numbers in front of the Oilers net. Clowe found himself with a rebound in the slot, but he was forced to do a 180-degree about face toward the net, before getting a shot that slipped just inside the left post.

Potluny would score his second of the night at 14:57 after another Sharks turnover. Ethan Moreau picked of a Thornton pass and wound he puck around the end boards to Ladislav Smid in the left corner. Smid carried the puck back toward the blueline, before sliding a pass to Potulny, who was parked all by himself in the slot. Potulny wound up on the 20-foot shot, beating Nabokov for the 4-3 lead.

The Sharks seemed lifeless the last 5 minutes of regulation, allowing the Oilers to roam free in the San Jose zone. Kent Huskins was whistled for holding the stick with 1:40 to play, seemingly killing any chance of a Sharks comeback, but San Jose somehow managed to get it done.

First Boyle carried the puck up the ice, getting a shot on goal, and forcing Deslauriers to hold on to the scoring chance. Thornton and Marleau teamed up for the improbable goal with 1:26 left in regulation. After losing the faceoff, the puck trickled toward the Oilers net, where Thornton tapped it back to the slot where Marleau was cutting for the easy deposit. The goal would cap Marleau’s 3rd career hat trick, and allowed the Sharks to get to the extra session.

The remainder of Huskins penalty carried into the overtime, but San Jose killed it off. San Jose looked poised to end it in the extra session when Sheldon Souray clipped Thornton with a high stick, but Joe Pavelski was sent off for hooking 19 seconds later.

In the shootout, Patrick O’Sullivan missed wide. Marleau would also miss wide left. Gagne bounced a shot off Nabokov to keep it scoreless. Pavelski atoned for his overtime penalty with a snap shot that beat Deslauriers low to the glove side. Nabokov would end it by gloving a backhand chance by Penner.

Game Notes:

The multi-goal performance by Marleau was the 35th of his career, putting him in front of Owen Nolan for the franchise lead.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 1 0 3 0 1 5
EDM 0 1 3 0 0 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 15 (Thornton, Heatley), 5:23.
2nd period - 2, EDM, Potulny 4 (unassisted), 11:03.
3rd period - 3, EDM, Penner 14 (Brule), 2:07. 4, EDM, Brule 7 (Penner, Gagner), 4:09. 5, SJ, Marleau 16 (Thornton, Demers), 5:55. 6, SJ, Clowe 5 (Marleau, Vlasic), 8:28. 7, EDM, Potulny 5 (Smid, Moreau), 14:57. 8, SJ, Marleu 17 (Thornton), 18:34, (sh).
Overtime - None.
Shootout - M: O’Sullivan (miss), Gagne (miss), Penner (miss). SJ: Marleau (miss), Pavelski (goal).
1st period - McLaren, SJ (fighting major), 3:13; Clowe, SJ (hooking), 3:13; Jacques, EDM (fighting major), 3:13; Jacques, EDM (roughing), 3:13; Souray, EDM (cross checking), 6:48; Demers, SJ (holding), 14:21; Ortmeyer, SJ (roughing), 19:56; Potulny, EDM (roughing), 19:56.
2nd period - Smid, EDM (hooking), 12:50; Nichol, SJ (hooking), 16:44.
3rd period - Huskins, SJ (holding he stick), 18:20.
Overtime - Souray, EDM (high stick), 2:34; Pavelski, SJ (hooking), 2:53.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 33 29
EDM - Deslauriers 31 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 9 12 7 3 31
EDM 10 7 14 2 33
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
EDM 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Ryan Potulny
Joe Thornton
Referees: Furlatt, Auger. Linesmen: Cameron, Henderson.

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