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Sharks avoid trap and extend home winning
Oilers push but can't crack Sharks at SAP
12/18/14 - By Mike Lee -

It wasn't pretty, but it was a win. That's the best perspective following the sharks 4-3 win over the lowly Edmonton Oilers at SAP Center on Thursday night. The Sharks fell behind, grabbed a lead, then fell behind again before rallying for a pair of 3rd period goals to beat the league's 2nd worst team in a see-saw battle. The win was the 8th in the last 9 games for San Jose and their 7th in a row on home ice. Barclay Goodrow had a goal and an assist to lead the Sharks.

Goodrow was one of trio of Sharks youngsters who upstaged the Oilers young stars as the Sharks got back into the swing of things after a 4-day break. Rookie Melker Karlsson added a pair of assists for his 1st multi-point game as an NHLer, and Matt Tennyson became the first player to come out of the Jr Sharks program to score a goal for San Jose.

"Resilent game," said Sharks forward Tommy Wingels. "When we got down, we had confidence enough to come back. Like I said, there is a reason we play sixty minutes here. if we don't get it done in the first. we will try the second, if we don't get it done in the second, we will try in the third. Our team fought back pretty good. i thought the special teams were good."

The Oilers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the middle of a particularly lethargic opening period, when Boyd Gordon flipped a backhand shot past Antti Niemi from the bottom of the right circle. Gordon came upon the puck after it kicked out of the right corner following a scrum between several players.

Goodrow helped the Sharks tie the game at 1-1 5:51 into the 2nd period by sliding a perfect pass to James Sheppard from behind the Oilers net. Sheppard split two defenders and sent a quick one-time shot that slipped between Ben Scrivens pads.

Logan Couture put the Sharks up less than 2 minutes later. Brenden Dillon carried the puck toward the Oilers zone, drawing a pair of defenders to the left side before sliding a pass to Couture on the off wing. Couture charged up the right side, before switching the puck to his forehand and lifting a puck past Scrivens for his 13th goal of the season.

"Our line was buzzing there in the early going," said Couture. "Marleau and Wingels were looking for me a lot so I was touching the puck and shooting the puck. You always feel good when you're shooting the puck early, the puck seems to follow you around. I kind of had a feeling I was going to get one tonight, but it was just good to win."

The good cheer lasted less than a minute when the Oilers decided to get their acts in gear.

Steven Pinizzotto tied the game 47 seconds after Couture's goal. Edmonton worked the puck to the front of the net, where it bounced off several skates before ending up on Pinizzotto's tape. The Oilers forward swiped at the puck, which slid through Niemi's pads for his 2nd goal of the season, both coming against the Sharks.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sniffed out a rebound at the midway point of the period. Jordan Eberle threw a shot on net that Niemi tried to swallow with his jersey and arms, but the puck squirted for Nugent-Hopkins to punch home.

The Sharks spent the rest of the period trying to kick start their offense, but the Oilers did a nice job to suppress San Jose's offensive aspirations. It was a bit of a momentum builder for the Oilers who fired head coach Dallas Eakins on Monday.

Shark killer David Perron entered the 3rd period with a pair of assists on the night, but his illegal check on Patrick Marleau 7:26 into the final frame setup the Oilers collapse. Tennyson, the Pleasanton native, converted on the power play by rifling a shot from the right wing to tie the game at 3-3.

"Matty feels more comfortable because he is playing a little bit more," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. "His goal tonight was a really special goal for our organization actually for the city because I know when Mr. Gund was still alive, one of his dreams was to have a San Jose bred player, someone who played in the Junior Sharks system, actually play for the Sharks and score a goal. Hopefully he is looking down and is really proud of bringing the team here and it finally happened after twenty three, twenty four years."

Goodrow put the Sharks up 34 seconds later, when Brent Burns sent a lead pass to the Sharks rookie at the Oilers blueline. Goodrow raced up ice with Justin Schultz draped all over him, before putting a backhand shot past Scrivens for his 2nd goal of the season.

"I didn't have any speed when I got the puck so I figured one guy would end up catching me," said Goodrow. "I tried to fend him off as best I could, and the goalie slid over a bit so I thought I'd have a bit of room on the far side. It was great vision [from Burns]. It was a great pass."



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
EDM 1 2 0 3
SJ 0 2 2 4
1st period - 1, EDM, Gordon 5 (Perron, Petry), 14:43.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Sheppard 4 (Goodrow, Karlsson), 5:51. 3, SJ, Couture 13 (Dillon), 7:36. 4, EDM, Pinizzotto 2 (Hendricks, Schultz), 8:23. 5, EDM, Nugent-Hopkins 9 (Eberle, Perron), 9:59.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Tennyson 1 (Wingels, Vlasic), 8:29, (pp). 7, SJ, Goodrow 2 (), 9:03.
Penalties
1st period - Yakupov, EDM (interference), 18:22.
2nd period - Tierney, SJ (holding), 2:53; Klefbom, EDM (high sticking), 14:26.
3rd period - Perron. EDM (illegal check to head), 7:26.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
EDM - Scrivens 30 26
SJ - Niemi 28 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
EDM 8 13 7 28
SJ 8 9 13 30
Power Play Conversion
EDM 0 of 1
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Barclay Goodrow
Brenden Dillon
Matt Tennyson
Attendence
17,399
Officials
Referees: Devorski, Joannette. Linesmen: Lazarowich, Cvik.
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