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Sharks get back in the win column
Nyquist scores game winner for San Jose
4/4/19 - By Mike Lee -

It wasn't pretty, but the Sharks got the job done. As they try to get their game back on track, San Jose played well enough to knock off the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 at Rogers Arena. Gus Nyquist scored his first game-winning goal as a Shark, with a 2nd period tally. The Oilers were just trying to get to the off-season after a disastrous season that has resulted in Todd McLellan's dismissal.

There were still plenty of holes that need patching in the Sharks game, but San Jose left themselves a shot at holding home-ice for the first three rounds of the playoffs if Calgary were to get bounced in the 1st round.

The Sharks looked as if they would get off to a good start, when Zach Kassian was whistled for hooking 43 seconds into the game. San Jose has been trying to overcome the bad habit of surrendering goals within the first 5 minutes of the game, so the power play provided some buffer.

That didn't work either.

Edmonton took advantage of a terrible entry attempt by Timo Meier, who tried chipping the puck in on the right side. Leon Draisaitl stepped in front of the pass and raced up ice on a short-handed breakaway and deposited it past Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell for the quick 1-0 lead.

San Jose countered at the 8:52 mark when Joe Thornton held the puck behind the Oilers net, before flipping a pass out to Marcus Sorensen at the top of the crease. Sorensen worked laterally from left to right in order to create space between him and the Oilers defense. Thornton's pass was perfect, allowing Sorensen to collect the puck and snap home his 17th goal of the season.

Brent Burns gave the Sharks the 2-1 lead just over a minute later, when he whipped a shot from the slot past Oilers goaltender Anthony Stolarz. Burns scooped up a faceoff win on the right side then skated toward the net and cutting toward the right dot before throwing a cannon shot on net that entered and exited the Oiles goal in the blink of an eye.

Draisaitl knotted things up at 2-2 3:22 into the 2nd period after the Sharks defense got caught behind the play. Connor McDavid carried the puck into the Sharks zone on the left point before feeding Matt Benning. Draisital slipped over to the right dot, where he received a Banning pass before picking a spot and snapping a shot past Dell.

The Sharks stung the Oilers late when Nyquist got the top of his stick blade on a Burns shot, altering the puck's trajectory enough to beat Stolarz. Burns unloaded on the puck from the left point, and Nyquist was parked in the high slot. Tomas Hertl and Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were jostling in front of the Stolarz, which may have impeded the Oilers netminder's line of sight on the shot.

San Jose held the thin 1-goal lead through the 3rd period, but things got precarious when Brendan Dillon was called for hooking just 1:06 into the final frame. San Jose killed the penalty to go a perfect 3-for-3 on the night, then held the Oilers offense in check the rest of the way.

Colby Cave took a hooking penalty with 9:43 to play to help San Jose kill clock. The final moments of the penalty got hairy when Draisaitl carried the puck into the Sharks zone and zipped past two defenders before uncorkig a shot from the slot. That was too close for comfort, given the way the Sharks have played of late.

Dell made the save along with 25 others to win for only the 10th time this season.

Game Notes:

* Joe Thornton passed Steve Yzerman for 8th on the NHL's all time assists list with his helper on Marcus Sorensen's goal.

* Timo Meier was shaken up in the 3rd period and left the game with about 10 minutes to play. Darnell Nurse landed on top of Meier, who was trying to get position on the Oilers forward before he slipped and crashed into the end boards. The Oilers broadcasters reported that Meier injured his left wrist.

* Thornton's assist gave him 50 points on the season. San Jose is the first tema to have 8 players record 50 points or more since the 2008-09 Detroit Red Wings.

* Defenseman Jacob Middleton recorded his 1st career NHL point with the secondary assist on Marcus Sorensen's goal.

* Logan Couture led the Sharks with 7 of their 27 shots on goal.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 0 3
EDM 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, EDM, Draisaitl 48 (unassisted), 2:03, (sh). 2, SJ, Sorensen 17 (Thornton, Middleton), 8:52. 3, SJ, Burns 15 (Hertl), 10:03.
2nd period - 4, EDM, Draisaitl 49 (Benning, McDavid), 3:22. 5, SJ, Nyquist 21 (Burns, Kane), 18:48.
3rd period - None.
Penalties
1st period - Kassian, EDM (hooking), 0:43; Pavelski, SJ (tripping), 12:11.
2nd period - Bench, SJ (delay of game), 3:22; Meier, SJ (roughing), 10:37; Lucic, EDM (roughing), 10:37.
3rd period - Dillon, SJ (hooking), 1:06; Cave, EDM (hooking), 10:17; Burns, SJ (hooking), 20:00.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 28 26
EDM - Stolarz 27 24
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 12 10 5 27
EDM 8 13 7 28
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
EDM 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Leon Draisaitl
Brent Burns
Joe Thornton
Attendance
Rogers Place - 18,347
Officials
Referees: Meier, Rehman. Linesmen: Smith, Galloway.
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