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Sharks finally open up offense
6 different skaters score in 6-1 romp of Oilers
10/23/10 - By Mike Lee -

That’s more like it. After a rough start to the season, the Sharks finally opened up on an opponent. Fueled by a bushel of goals from six different scorers, the Sharks stormed Rexall Place to roll the host Edmonton Oilers 6-1 on Saturday night. San Jose looked impressive on both 5-on-5 and the power play, scoring three goals in both categories.

Special teams is typically the area that needs attention this early in the season, but even strength goals have been harder to come by for the Sharks. San Jose’s 2nd ranked power play unit has been generating much of the Sharks offense, so the even strength goals by Logan Couture, Ryane Clowe and John McCarthy were a refreshing change of pace.

The only area of special teams that the Sharks needs polishing is keeping the puck out of their own net with the man advantage. The Oilers converted a short-handed goal just 1:22 into the contest, the third such occurrence in the last four games for San Jose.

Rookie Jordan Eberle scored a highlight reel goal with his team short-handed after Sam Gagner was sent off for goaltender interference 53 seconds into the game. Shawn Horcoff started the play by making a nifty back-handed centering pass to Eberle from deep in the Sharks zone. Eberle skated up the left wing, before cutting across the slot and slipping a shot past Sharks goaltender Antero Niittymaki. Patrick Marleau was shadowing Eberle on the play but made a half-hearted attempt to stop the Oilers rookie.

San Jose would tie the game with 3:26 left in the period on a Dany Heatley power play goal, after Gilbert Brule was sent off for hooking. Heatley employed some nice hand-eye coordination on the play by tipping a thigh-high blast of the stick of Joe Pavelski past Nikolai Khabibulin for this 2nd goal of the season.

It was all Sharks from there.

San Jose would outshoot Edmonton 13-7 in the middle period, jumping out to a 3-1 lead on goals by Couture and Pavelski.

Couture single-handedly manufactured his goal, by forcing a Jim Vandermeet turnover on a strong forecheck. He would strip the puck from the Oilers defenseman behind the Edmonton net and slide a pass out to the slot where Jamie McGinn tried jamming a shot home. Khabibulin would make the initial stop, but Couture lifted a backhand shot over the Oiler netminder’s right shoulder for the 2-1 lead.

Pavelski would make it 3-1 with the Sharks 2nd power play score 69 seconds before the second intermission. The Sharks forward would take a centering pass from Heatley in the slot before whiffing on a shot that hit Khabibulin in the pad. The rebound kicked right back out to him for the backhand put-back.

The Sharks would blow things open in the 3rd period. Powered by more strong forechecking, Ryane Clowe would bag his 2nd goal of the season at 4:29 of the period on a pass from Pavelski. San Jose would force a turnover along the right wing boards, where Pavelski would scoop up the puck and head to the net. Clowe was cutting on the left wing, where he tapped home the short feed from his centerman.

Vandermeer would take a slashing penalty 16 seconds later to put the Sharks on the power play for the 5th time, setting up the Sharks 3rd goal on the man advantage. Dan Boyle wasted little time scoring his 1st of the season with a blast from the point 4 seconds into Vandermeer’s penalty. Heatley provided the interference in front of Khabibulin, screening the Oilers goaltender.

The big lead allowed the Sharks 4th line to see more ice time to close out the game. McCarthy would record his first career NHL goal at 14:45 with a nice effort in front of the Oilers net. Torrey Mitchell sent a shot in on net from the right circle, creating a rebound chance for the Sharks rookie parked on top of the crease. McCarthy flailed at the rebound with a backhand attempt that deposited the puck in the goal.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 2 3 6
EDM 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, EDM Eberle 2 (Horcoff, Whitney), 1:22, (sh). 2, SJ, Heatley, 2 (Pavelski, Thornton), 16:34, (pp).
2nd period - 3, SJ, Couture 3 (McGinn), 12:46. 4, SJ, Pavelski 3 (Heatley, Thornton), 18:51, (pp).
3rd period - 5, SJ, Clowe 2 (Pavelski), 4:29. 6, SJ, Boyle, 1 (Thornton), 4:49, (pp). 7, SJ, McCarthy 1 (Mitchell, Huskins), 14:45.
Penalties
1st period - Gagner, EDM (goaltender interferece), 0:53; Brule, EDM (hooking), 15:24; Demers, SJ (high sticking), 17:19; Brule, EDM (holding), 17:19.
2nd period - Nichol, SJ (interference), 3:03; Setoguchi, SJ (boarding), 5:17; Foster, EDM (slashing), 5:46; Wallin, SJ (hooking), 8:48; Mayers, SJ (instigator), 13:05; Mayers, SJ (fighting major), 12:05; Mayers, SJ (10 min misconduct), 13:05; Stortini, EDM (fighing major), 13:05; Hall, EDM (tripping), 18:12.
3rd period - Vandermeer, EDM (slashing), 4:45; Demers, SJ (holding), 9:05.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Niittymaki 22 21
EDM - Khabibulin 34 28
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 13 13 34
EDM 6 7 9 22
Power Play Conversion
SJ 3 of 5
EDM 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Joe Thornton
Devin Setoguchi
Attendence
16,839
Officials
Referees: Rehman, Kowal. Linesmen: Devorski, Rody.
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