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Oilers almost pull a fast one on Sharks
The joke's on SJ's special teams
4/1/14 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks looked downright foolish for long stretches of their game with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. San Jose overcame a horrific span that saw them surrender three straight goals to the Oilers and comeback in the 3rd period to win 5-4. San Jose let a 2-goal lead slip away, and had to battle back from their own deficit in the final 10 minutes of play to take a much needed 2 points in the standings. With 5 games remaining in the regular season, the Sharks sit a point behind the Anaheim Ducks, who have a pair of games in hand.

* With the playoffs looming, San Jose has to overcome games like this one. The Oilers are second worst team in the NHL, and should be ripe for the picking, but the Sharks found a way to let the cellar dwellers hang around. The Oilers looked like world beaters for a 15 minute period, scoring at will.

* Andrew Desjardins opened the game's scoring with his 3rd goal of the season 3:11 into the game. Desjardins was the beneficiary of nice play by Tyler Kennedy who beat an Oilers defender to a loose puck just inside the Edmonton blueline. Kennedy raced around the right side and cut toward the net before sliding a pass to Desjardins in the slot for the 15-foot deposit past Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens.

* The Oilers went on a shot binge, throwing 8 pucks on net before Tyler Hall beat Antti Niemi with a long wrist shot from the topo of the left circle. The shot was unscreened, but still eluded Niemi who had a good look at it. The goal was Hall's 26th of the season, ringing off the left post.

* Dan Boyle put the Sharks back on top with 4 minutes to play in the opening period. The Defenseman took a blind backhand feed from Joe Thornton, then sent a 35-foot shot from the high slot past Scrivens, beating the Oilers goaltender stick side.

* Oilers defenseman Mark Fraser was sent off for hooking just 44 seconds into the 2nd period, setting up the Sharks 3rd goal. Tommy Wingels pushed a loose puck across the goal line after a Brad Stuart shot hit the Oiler goaltender.

* Brent Burns took exception to a hit by Fraser along the Edmonton end boards on the next shift, inciting a heated discussion that included some flailing hockey gloves. When the dust settled, the Oilers found themselves on another power play after Fraser was issued 4 minutes for roughing. Burns also received a deuce on the play to setup a 2-minute man-advantage for San Jose.

*Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the first of two goals on the night at 13:04 of the 2nd period. The young forward circled around the right dot then snapped a shot that Niemi got a glove on, but couldn't control. The Sharks still had a goal to play with, but that would be short lived.

*Nugent-Hopkins appeared to scored his 2nd of the night just 38 seconds later, when a Jordan Eberle pass from the right side found it's way past Niemi. The puck actually hit Shark Justin Braun in the skate, redirecting it into his own net for the 3-3 tie.

* There was no-doubt that Nugent-Hopkins scored 6:16 into the 3rd period, sweeping a shot from the right dot. Eberle tried stick-handling toward the bottom of the circle, but lost the handle on the puck. Nugent-Hopkins was loitering in the area and was first to reach it, sending his 18th goal of the season between Niemi's pads.

* Brent Burns tied the game midway through the 3rd period by sending a Joe Thornton feed through Scrivens' 5-hole. Joe Pavelski helped the Sharks retain possession in the right corner by kicking the puck to Thornton who was skating toward the goal. The Sharks captain skated to the outside of the right post, before sliding a pass to Burns on the far side for the slam dunk.

* David Perron took a bad tripping penalty in the offensive zone at 12:23 of the 3rd period, which gave the Sharks the opportunity they needed to regain the lead. Joe Pavelski setup a scoring chance by parking himself in front of Scrivens. Burns fired a shot that was screened by Pavelski. The puck hit the netminder, then kicked out to the right side where Patrick Marleau gobbled it up then sent a backhand chance into a wide open net.

* The Sharks finished the evening 1-for-7 on the power play.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
EDM 1 2 1 4
SJ 2 1 2 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Desjardins 3 (Kennedy, Demers), 3:11. 2, EDM, Hall 26 (Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle), 12:34, (pp). 3, SJ, Boyle 11 (Thornton), 15:54.
2nd period - 4, SJ, Wingels 16 (Stuart, Braun), 2:45. 5, EDM, Nugent-Hopkins 17 (Belov, Hall), 13:05. 6, EDM, Eberle 25 (Klefbom, Nugent-Hopkins), 13:42.
3rd period - 7, EDM, Nugent-Hopkins 18 (Eberle, Hall), 6:16. 8, SJ, Burns 22 (Thornton, Pavelski), 10:35. 9, SJ, Marleau 32 (Burns, Boyle), 12:31, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - Demers, SJ (tripping), 3:38; Perron, EDM (tripping), 7:59; Boyle, SJ (high sticking), 11:37; Nugent-Hopkins, EDM (slashing), 14:50; Burns, SJ (cross checking), 14:50; Lander, EDM (high sticking), 18:44.
2nd period - Fraser, EDM (hooking), 0:44; Fraser, EDM (roughing), 3:42; Fraser, EDM (roughing), 3:42; Burns, SJ (roughing), 3:42; Fraser, EDM (roughing), 14:49; Fraser, EDM (fighting major), 14:49; Brown, SJ (fighting major), 14:49.
3rd period - Brown, SJ (hooking), 3:16; Perron, EDM (tripping), 12:23; Perron, EDM (hooking), 16:06.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
EDM - Scrivens 33 28
SJ - Niemi 29 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
EDM 9 9 11 29
SJ 6 17 10 33
Power Play Conversion
EDM 1 of 3
SJ 1 of 7
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Thornton
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Patrick Marleau
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Skilliter, Kowal. Linesmen: Gibbs, Grandt.
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