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Mikkel Boedker found alive
Sharks forward records hat trick in 5-3 over Oil
1/10/17 - By Mike Lee -

Brace yourselves, but Mikkel Boedker has been found. After going missing right after the Sharks signed him, the forward surfaced in Edmonton on Tuesday night and brought his game to Rogers Place as the Sharks squared off with the Oilers. The forward went crazy by recording a hat-trick to pace the Sharks to a 5-3 win as San Jose kicked off a brief two-game road trip through Alberta. The Sharks have gone hog-wild on the offensive zone all of a sudden, scoring 11 goals in their past two games.

The offense came to life early and often and goaltender Martin Jones muzzled the Oilers young group of superstars with a 33 save performance to help the Sharks maintain control of the Pacific Division.

Boedker opened the game's scoring 1:39 into the contest by collecting a rebound at the top of the crease and lifting a shot over Cam Talbot. The Sharks whipped the puck around the perimeter to Micheal Haley on the right point, for a long shat through traffic hat Talbot blocked but did not control. Boedker gain the puck by drawing the puck in tight and waiting out Talbot before lifting a shot over the sprawling netminder.

Drake Caggiula tied the game at 15:53 of the period after taking a stride from behind the sharks net and jamming a shot under Jones' right pad. Defensemen Dylan DeMelo and Brenden Dillon were late to react to Caggiula, allowing the youngster to get position on Jones.

San Jose regained the momentum right before the first intermission when Brent Burns rifled a shot from the blueline, beating a screened Talbot. A holding the stick penalty to Patrick Maroon has just expired, but the shot was a seeing eye variety that wasn't influenced by a lack of defense in front of Talbot.

Boedker made it a 3-1 game 2:24 into the 2nd period after chasing a loose puck and snapping into a wide open net. Melker Karlsson took a feed from Brent Burns while parked in front of the left post, then tried to draw the puck from his backhand to his forehand, but he lost the handle. Boedker raced in from the right wing and punched home his 5th goal of the season.

The snake-bitten forward completed his hat trick 6 minutes and change later by redirecting a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot past Talbot. With Boedker parked outside the left post, Vlasic fired the puck wide of the net, right at his teammate. The puck's trajectory shifted 45 degrees to slip past Talbot for a 4-1 Sharks lead.

Keeping teams off the score sheet has been an issue for San Jose the past few weeks, and that trend continued in Edmonton. Matthew Benning made it a 2-goal game just 22 seconds into the 3rd period by snapping a shot from just inside the right circle after barring down on Jones with speed.

Edmonton made things interesting 3 minutes later when Oscar Klefbom ripped a shot from the left point, catching the crossbar for his 7th goal of the season. The shot snapped past Justin Braun, who may have screened his own goaltender on the play.

The Sharks stopped the bleeding when Logan Couture scored a highlight reel goal at 5:06 of the period. Keving Labanc lofted a puck out of the Sharks zone to Benning who gloved it and dropped it to his feet. Couture was all over the Oilers defenseman and picked his pocket before streaking to the Edmonton net. The Sharks centerman crashed in on net trying to jam the puck past Talbot, but the puck bounced back out to the crease just as Couture went into the splits as he flew past the goal mouth. His trailing right skate pushed the puck over the goal line for his 13th goal of the season.

The goal also took the wind out of the Oilers, who tried to make a push over the last 10 minutes of the contest, but Jones went to work and shut the door. The Oilers out-shot the Sharks 28 15 over the final 40 minutes and 12-7 in the 3rd period, but Jones wouldn't capitulate to the Edmonton comeback attempt.

Game Notes:

* The game marked the Sharks first trip to the new home of the Oilers, which is a state of the art facility. The ice was fast and the boards bouncy which plays right into the hands of the quick, young Oilers.

* The Sharks held Oilers captain Connor McDavid in check all night. McDavid got off to a bad start, taking a hooking penalty early in the game. His night was limited to a pair of shots on goal and a -1 in the game.

* Micheal Haley made the most of his 17 shifts, recording a pair of assists and a +3 night. Melker Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also finished the night +3

* The Sharks were especially strong in the faceoff circle where they won 35 of 56 draws (63%).





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 2 2 1 5
EDM 1 0 2 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Boedker 4 (Karlsson, Burns), 1:39. 2, EDM, Caggiula 3 (Pouliot, Gryba), 15:53. 3, SJ, Burns 16 (Vlasic, Pavelski), 19:42.
2nd period - 4, SJ, Boedker 5 (Karlsson, Burns), 2:24. 5, SJ, Boedker 6 (Vlasic, Haley), 8:55.
3rd period - 6, EDM, Benning 2 (Lucic), 0:22. 7, EDM, Klefbom 7 (Nugent-Hopkins), 3:45. 8, SJ, Couture 13 (unassisted), 5:06.
Penalties
1st period - McDavid, EDM (hooking), 3:47; Braun, SJ (tripping), 6:57; Maroon, EDM (holding the stick), 17:38.
2nd period - Marleau, SJ (high sticking), 4:27.
3rd period - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 36 33
EDM - Talbot 28 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 13 8 7 28
EDM 8 16 12 36
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
EDM 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Mikkel Boedker
Drake Caggiuka
Martin Jones
Attendance
Rogers Place - 18,347
Officials
Referees: O'Halloran, Rehman. Linesmen: Rody, Knorr.
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