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Too many lows offset highs in loss
Sharks drop 5-4 decision to Edmonton in shootout
2/2/15 - By Mike Lee -

All the glow of beating LA, Anaheim and Chicago in consecutive games is gone. The Sharks gagged up all those accomplishments by losing to the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 in a shootout that can only be described as bewildering. 12 of 13 Shark shooters failed to get the puck past Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth in an embarrassing display of puck control and shooting.

We'll hear that the Oilers are an NHL team and have a skilled lineup, but the fact is, the Oilers don't win on the road. They had been victorious in 4 of 26 attempts away from Edmonton this season. Make that 5 victories now, after San Jose allowed the Oilers to put 4 pucks past Antti Niemi on 40 shots through 65 minutes.

How a team as poor as Edmonton is putting 40 shots on net, begs the question of what the defensive game plan was? Edmonton opened the game with 16 shots alone in the opening 20 minutes. They parlayed 12 shots in the 2nd period into a pair of goals that staked them to a 3-1 lead. If not for a wild flurry by San Jose in the 3rd period, the Sharks would have lost in regulation.

Just another head scratching performance by a Jekyll and Hyde team that can't seem to figure out how to beat cellar dwellers.

San Jose opened the game with a power play goal 11:50 into the game, fueled by Joe Pavelski's 26th tally of the season. Pavelski tapped home a Patrick Marleau feed from the doorstep after his linemate sent a pass from the left wing boards. Pavelski slipped past the Oilers defense for the easy deposit.

Jordan Eberle undressed Niemi after taking advantage of a weak attempt by Marleau to use a stick check to impede the Oilers forward. Eberle whipped around Marleau, then deeked Niemi as he crashed the net. lifting a puck after slicing to his left.

The Sharks appeared to score a go-ahead goal, when Tomas Hertl put a puck past Fasth, but James Sheppard was called for interfering with the OIlers goaltender. Sheppard was clearly outside the painted crease area, but referee Frederick L'Eculyer immediately waved it off.

Edmonton scored a pair of 2nd period goals to stretch their lead to 3-1. Eberle added his 15th of the season and Derek Roy added his 5th to put the Sharks in a hole.

San Jose stormed back in the 3rd period. Scott Hannan crashed the net as Fasth lost the puck 2:19 into the 3rd frame. Hannan jammed at the loose puck, pushing it past Fasth for his 1st tally of the season.

Edmonton was at a disadvantage after losing Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot missed the entire 3rd period with injuries.

The defense kept things going when Matt Tennyson scored his 2nd goal of the season. Tennyson blasted a shot from the high slot that beat Fasth, who immediately protested that he was interfered with by Couture, but L'Ecuyer and Wes McCauley ruled that Andrew Ference pushed Couture into Fasth.

Pavelski sent the crowd into a frenzy at 9:28 of the period when he sent a long pass from Burns across the goal line. Burns was parked at the right point, and fired the puck to the area outside the left post where Pavelski was there to snap it home.

All that momentum went down the tubes, when Justin Schultz ended a long span in the Sharks zone by firing a puck on net, that Couture deflected past his own netminder. Defenseman Matt Tennyson broke his stick which contributed to the prolonged stay in the San Jose zone.

Pavelski missed a shot at the buzzer when Fasth made a toe save with his left pad to get the game to overtime.

Neither team could generate much in the extra period, which led to the endless shootout. Couture, Pavelski, Thornton, Marleau, Melker Karlsson, Hertl, Barclay Goodrow, Tennyson, Tyler Kennedy, Sheppard, Matt Nieto, and Matt Irwin all missed in the skills competition. Only Brent Burns put a puck past Fasth, coming in the 5th round. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins matched Burns, then Rob Klinkhammer ended things with a goal in the 13th round.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
EDM 1 2 1 0 1 5
SJ 1 0 3 0 0 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 26 (Marleau, Thornton), 11:50, (pp). 2, EDM, Eberle 14 (Hall, Klefbom), 18:03.
2nd period - 3, EDM, Eberle 15 (Schultz, Nugent-Hopkins), 0:22. 4, EDM, Roy 5 (Yakupov), 9:39.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Hannan 1 (Thornton, Pavelski), 2:19. 6, SJ, Tennyson 2 (Kennedy, Nieto), 3:49. 7, SJ, Pavelski 27 (Burns, Thornton), 9:28. 8, EDM, Schultz 4 (Purcell, Lander), 17:23.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Couture (miss), Pavelski (miss), Thornton (miss), Marleau (miss), Burns (goal), Karlsson (miss), Hertl (miss), Goodrow (miss), Tennyson (miss), Kennedy (miss), Sheppard (miss), Nieto (miss), Irwin (miss). EDM: Roy (miss), Eberle (miss), Purcell (miss), Yakupov (miss), Nugent-Hopkins (goal), Fraser (miss), Hendricks (miss), Schultz (miss), Lander (miss), Klefbom (miss), Gordon (miss), Petry (miss), Klinkhammer (goal).
1st period - Burns, SJ (hooking), 5:59; Ference, EDM (hooking), 11:43.
2nd period - Petry, EDM (rouging), 18:51.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
EDM - Fasth 37 33
SJ - Niemi 40 36
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
EDM 16 12 12 0 40
SJ 12 12 11 2 37
Power Play Conversion
EDM 0 of 1
SJ 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Thornton
Joe Pavelski
Jordan Eberle
Referees: L'Ecuyer, McCauley. Linesmen: Racicot, Shewchyk.
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