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Sharks throw a 7 spot at the Oil
Kane and Donskoi each score a pair in big win
1/8/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks needed a game like Tuesday night's white-washing of the Edmonton Oilers at SAP Center. San Jose pummeled the Oilers 7-2 on a night where anyone in a teal jersey could do no wrong. The Sharks scored in bushels, which included responses on the two occasions where the Oilers got pucks past goaltender Aaron Dell. Dell made 20 saves to help San Jose win for the fourth time in a row.

The win also keeps the Sharks perfect in 2019, having won all four games in January to keep pace in the Pacific Division. Trailing the Calgary Flames and Vegas Golden Knights in the standings, San Jose kept both teams within their sites.

The Sharks beat the Oilers 7-4 on December 29th in Edmonton.

This one seemed destined to tilt in San Jose's favor from the get go. Edmonton is scrambling to right their ship, but the hockey gods seemed dead set on siding with the Sharks. Case in point. Evander Kane's helped dirty the score sheet 6:37 into the game with a pin-ball goal from the left wing boards. His apparent pass deflected off Kyle Brodziak's stick, then clipping Caleb Jones skate in the slot. The latter deflection sent the puck perfectly through goaltender Cam Talbot's pads for the 1-0 lead.

Alexander Petrovic was forced to bear hug Marcus Sorensen on a breakaway chance 6 minutes later, prompting referee Francis Charron to call a penalty shot. Sorensen made good use of the call by snapping a shot past Talbot's blocker for his 8th goal of the season.

A Tim Heed hooking penalty setup the first of two Edmonton goals. Alex Chiasson converted at 14:35 of the period on the by redirecting a Connor McDavid feed from the left side. Chiasson was parked at the top of the crease when McDavid skated off the left wing boards and tapped home a feed for his 17th goal of the season.

San Jose responded less than a minute later with a highlight reel goal. The Sharks forward took a Tim Heed feed at the blueline then floated up the right wing. Donskoi then cut to his left toward the slot and lifting a backhand chance that slipped through Talbot's pads for the first of his two goals on the night.

Kane made it a three goal lead 6:32 into the 2nd period on a goal that deflected off his right skate as he sat parked on the right side of the Oilers crease. Brent Burns fired a pass from the left side that made a 90 turn after bouncing off Kane's skate blade.

That would spell the end for Talbot, who was replaced by Mikko Koskinen. The Sharks wouldn't be any less abusive to the Oilers backup, although the change looked like it might spark the Oilers. Milan Lucic broke a 41-game goalless drought with a tally at 10:18. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins setup the goal with a feed from the right wing after drawing two Sharks defenders to the strong side of the ice. Lucic swept in on the left wing and easily lifted a shot past Dell for his 2nd goal of the season. The maligned forward has struggled mightily in is second season with the Oilers.

San Jose responded with a power play goal five minutes later after Kris Russell was sent off for holding. Brent Burns scored his 8th goal of the season by snapping a shot from just inside the right dot. Burns received a feed from Erik Karlsson at the right point then proceeded to skate in on net with no Oilers opposing his path. Koskinen tried to get his glove on the shot, but it clipped off the top of the mitt, clanking off the crossbar before finding twine.

Joe Thornton cashed in on more of the Sharks puck luck 1:04 into the 3rd period when his shit from the top of the left circle hit Adam Larsson's skate and changed directions on Koskinen, slipping through the goaltender's pads similarly to the game's opening goal.

Donskoi tacked on his second goal of the night by jamming home a rebound off a Kane shot from the right side. Kane and Donskoi forced the issue by moving the puck to the goal mouth in an attempt to score. That resulted in good things, as Kane tried to push a shot past Koskinen. The puck kicked over to Donskoi who swept home his 13th goal of the season.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks were playing under the watch of their fathers, who observed from a luxury box and will join the team on their trip to Vegas on Thursday. Perhaps San Jose will fare better against the Golden Knights with their dads there to put the kabosh on any unnecessary partying.

* Erik Karlsson followed up his three assist game against the Los Angeles Kings with another three helpers on Tuesday night.

* Joonas Donskoi's two goals gives him 7 tallies in his last 7 games. The Finnish winger has come alive in the last two weeks after a less than stellar 2017-18 season.

* Joakim Ryan and Kevin Labanc were the only Sharks to record negative plus-minus ratings. Brendan Dillon was a +3, padding his team high +21 rating.

* Labanc and Melker Karlsson were the only Sharks skaters not to record a shot on goal in the game. Evander Kane had 7 of the Sharks 36 shots.


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1 2 3 T
EDM 1 1 0 2
SJ 3 2 2 7
1st period - 1, SJ, Kane 15 (Hertl, E. Karlsson), 6:37. 2, SJ, Sorensen 9 (penalty shot), 12:57. 3, EDM, Chiasson 17 (McDavid, Nurse), 14:35, (pp). 4, SJ, Donskoi 12 (Heed, Goodrow), 15:24.
2nd period - 5, SJ, Kane 16 (Burns, Meier), 6:32. 6, EDM, Lucic 2 (Nugent-Hopkins, Puljujarvi), 10:18. 7, SJ, Burns 8 (E. Karlsson, Meier), 15:37, (pp).
3rd period - 8, SJ, Thornton 8 (Dillon, Radil), 1:04. 9, SJ, Donskoi 13 (Kane, E. Karlsson), 10:44.
1st period - Petrovic, EDM (PS - holding on breakaway), 12:57; Heed, SJ (hooking), 13:34; Kassian, EDM (hooking), 16:19.
2nd period - Ryan, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 2:41; Bench, EDM (too many men), 3:53; Couture, SJ (hooking), 11:33; Russell, EDM (holding), 13:56.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
EDM - Talbot 17 13
EDM - Koskinen 19 16
SJ - Dell 22 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
EDM 7 10 5 22
SJ 12 11 13 36
Power Play Conversion
EDM 1 of 3
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Erik Karlsson
Evander Kane
Joonas Donskoi
SAP Center - 17,320
Referees: Charron, Morton. Linesmen: Berg, Pancich.
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