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Hertl's heroics nets the Sharks 2 points
SJ ties the game three times before winning in OT
3/14/18 - By Mike Lee -

With 13 games remaining in the regular season, every game is a must win for the Sharks. With the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings breathing down their necks, the Sharks don't have any more room to miss. They gutted out a tough game in Edmonton on Wednesday night as San Jose kicked off a three-game road trip through Western Canada, taking a 4-3 overtime decision from the underachieving Oilers. Tomas Hertl buried a shot in the extra period to help San Jose maintain their 2nd place position in the Pacific Division.

The Sharks were forced to overcome three Oiler leads, tying the game on three occasions before setting up the game winner in overtime. Martin Jones made his 9th consecutive start and turned aside 25 shots to earn his 24th victory of the season.

San Jose's netminder was spectacular for the Sharks, who needed a pick me up against an Oilers squad that was playing for pride. Firmly out of the playoff race, Edmonton is still a dangerous opponent, and have the pieces that made the Sharks work all night.

The Sharks continue to be fashionably late to every party and Wednesday night's game was no different. Drake Caggiula was the benefactor of a San Jose defense that was unprepared at the start of the contest. Caggiula slid over to the outside of the right post as Zacj Kassian stick-handled behind the Sharks net. Kassian spotted his linemate and sent a pass to Caggiula who sat unattended outside the post. All the Oilers centerman needed to do was decide where to shoot the puck as he pondered that decision for a couple of seconds. The shot lifted past Martin Jones for the 1-0 Edmonton lead and Caggiula's 9th tally of the season.

Tomas Hertl answered less than six minutes later after the sharks forced a turnover in their own zone. That sequence ended with Logan Couture hitting Hertl on the left wing for a one time chance that snapped past Oilers goaltender Al Montoya. The goal was Hertl's 17th of the season.

Oscar Klefbom ripped a shot that rang off the right post before finding the back of the net at 7:44 of the 2nd period as Pontus Aberg caught Martin Jones with his skate. The Sharks challenged the goal for goaltender interference, but the officials ruled that it was not enough to overturn the goal. It was a peculiar ruling, as Aberg clearly made contact with Jones an instant before the shot sailed past him.

Caggiula served up a double minor for high-sticking at 9:43 of the period by clipping Joonas Donskoi and drawing blood. Logan Couture answered with his 28th goal of the season on a shot from the high slot that beat Montoya.

Timo Meier wiped out the second minor when he was called for high sticking

An Aberg slashing penalty put the Sharks on the power play late in the period, but the infraction was split by the second intermission. When play resumed, the Sharks could not generate any semblance of a scoring chance.

The Oilers reclaimed the lead 1:26 into the 3rd period when Klefbom fired a shot that was touched by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Brendan Dillon tied the game a third time with 10:55 to play, ripping a host past Montoya from the high slot as Hertl and Eric Fehr were tied up with two Oiler defenders in front of the Edmonton goaltender. The goal was Dillon's 2nd of the season.

Jones came up huge in the back half of the period. He only recorded five saves in the period, but every chance seemed to be of the quality variety that challenged to untie the game for a fourth time.

He would make two saves in the overtime period, denying the Oilers a chance to claim a fifth and final lead. That privilege would go to the Sharks when Hertl deposited his 18th goal of the season 2:40 into the extra frame.

The Sharks forward out-worked Leon Draisaitl as a puck was played back into the Oilers zone. Working the left wing boards, Hertl muscled the puck away from the Oilers forward, then dropped it to Logan Couture on the left side. Couture took two strides, forcing Klefbom to cover that side of the ice. When Montoya moved over to cover teh left post, Couture slid a pass through the slot to the off wing, where Hertl collected the puck. Hertl's sent a bullet that was by Montoya before he could cover the right side of the goal.

Game Notes:

* Joonas Donskoi was checked into the side boards awkwardly with 6 minutes to play in regulation. It appeared as if he jammed his left shoulder. The forward slammed his stick to the ice as he skated to the bench following the play.

* Tomas Hertl's stat line had him finish with 2 points, a +3 plus/minus on 4 shots. He also recorded 2 takeaways, 2 hits, 2 blocked shots and won 12 of 22 draws (55%).

* The Sharks power play finished 1-for-4 on the night, but San Jose missed on its chances facing the worst penalty kill in the NHL.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 1 1 1 4
EDM 1 1 1 0 3
1st period - 1, EDM, Caggiula 9 (Kassian, Khaira), 2:39. 2, SJ, Hertl 17 (Couture, Boedker), 8:03.
2nd period - 3, EDM, Klefbom 5 (McDavid, Aberg), 7:44. 4, SJ, Couture 28 (Burns, Pavelski), 10:01, (pp).
3rd period - 5, EDM, Nugent-Hopkins 19 (Klefbom, McDavic), 1:26. 6, SJ, Dillon 2 (Boedker), 9:05.
Overtime - 7, SJ, Hertl 18 (Couture), 2:40.
1st period - None.
2nd period - Caggiula, EDM (high sticking - double minor), 9:43; Meier, SJ (high sticking), 11:10; Aberg, EDM (slashing), 19:10.
3rd period - Kassian, EDM (slashing), 9:38.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 28 25
EDM - Montoya 40 36
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 10 18 9 3 40
EDM 13 7 6 2 28
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
EDM 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Oscar Klefbom
Logan Couture
Tomas Hertl
Rogers Place - 18,347
Referees: Chmielewski, Walsh. Linesmen: Murphy, Mach.
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