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Pavelski's hattie gets Sharks back on track
Third trifecta of the season for centerman
3/25/14 - By Mike Lee -

Fresh off their lackluster performance in Calgary on Monday night, the Sharks salvaged the back end their Alberta swing on Tuesday night with a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Joe Pavelski scored three goals, to record his 3rd hat-trick of the season. Pavelski continued to set career highs in goal, bagging numbers 35, 36, and 37 on the season. San Jose avenged a 3-0 shutout loss to the Oilers on January 29th.

* The Pavelski show helped San Jose overcome an early 1-0 deficit after David Perron put the Oilers up 1-0 just 4:11 into the game. Perron took a drop pass from Taylor Hall inside the Sharks blueline then raced around Tyler Kennedy before lifting a shot past Antti Niemi. The goal was Perron's 26th of the season.

* Skating 24 hours after their tough shootout loss to Calgary, Pavelski and the Sharks kicked things into gear in the 2nd period. Ryan Smyth setup things by taking a holding penalty at 5:51 of the period to put the Sharks on the power play. The special teams came to life, scoring the first of three goals on the man advantage. Patrick Marleau fired a shot on Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens from the slot. Scrivens made the stop on Marleau, but the rebound dribbled over to Pavelski for the easy put back goal.

* Marleau got in on the act 4 minutes later after Andrew Ference was sent off for holding James Sheppard. Pavelski gathered up a Brent Burns shot on the left side, then sent a pass to Marleau through the high slot. Marleau rifled the one time chance past Scrivens fort his 31st goal of the season.

* Adam Burish appeared to take a shot off his left forearm as he tried blocking a shot late in the 2nd period. The Sharks forward skated straight to the locker room. A screen capture form the television broadcast appeared to show a significant laceration on one of Burish's fingers.

* Edmonton tried to regroup and stepped up the pressure late in the period, but the Sharks were the ones to convert when recently rejuvenated forward Martin Havlat snuck a long shot just past Scrivens out stretched blocker from the left wing. The goal came with just 30.3 seconds left in the period, essentially breaking the Oilers back.

* Hall was sent off for holding 31 seconds into the final period, after he was forced to hogtie Matt Nieto. Pavelski bagged his 2nd of the game on the ensuing power play, taking a Dan Boyule pass while parked in front of the net and spinning 180 degrees before lifting the puck over Scrivens.

* Pavelski capped his goal barrage with a one-time chance from between the circles that caught top shelf, after Joe Thornton set him up with a pass from the end boards. The Edmonton crowd sprinkled the ice with a few hats in celebration of Pavelski's feat. It was a step up from the Oilers jerseys that were thrown on the ice by a few of the Edmonton faithful following a tough loss last week.

* Hall added his 25th goal of the season with 5:04 left in regulation to cut the Sharks lead to three goals. It was as close as the Oilers would come as they fell for the 39th time in regulation this season.

* Logan Couture was scratched a day after suffering an undisclosed injury after blocking a shot in Calgary.

* The Oilers blocked 17 shots in addition to the 34 shots that San Jose threw at Scrivens.

* Perron led all skaters with 6 shots on goal. Pavelski and Burns led San Jose with 4 apiece.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 3 2 5
EDM 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, EDM, Perron 26 (Hall, Petry), 4:11.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Pavelski 35 (Marleau, Thornton), 6:28, (pp). 3, SJ, Marleau 31 (Pavelski, Burns), 9:57, (pp). 4, SJ, Havlat 9 (Demers), 19:29
3rd period - 5, SJ, Pavelski 36 (Boyle, Burns), 1:17, (pp). 6, SJ, Pavelski 37 (Thornton, Stuart), 13:00. 7, EDM, Hall 25 (Ference, Eberle), 14:56.
1st period - None.
2nd period - Smyth, EDM (holding), 5:51; Ference, EDM (holding), 8:28; Stuart, SJ (hooking), 11:43.
3rd period - Hall, EDM (holding), 0:31; Nieto, SJ (hooking), 19:08.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 30 28
EDM - Scrivens 34 29
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 17 6 34
EDM 10 7 13 30
Power Play Conversion
SJ 3 of 3
EDM 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau
Taylor Hall
Referees: Morton, Pochmara. Linesmen: Cherrey, Cvik.
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