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Oilers repay Sharks for drubbing
Sharks 6-game win streak ends with little fight
11/19/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Edmonton Oilers did not forget the drubbing they took at the hands of the Sharks last week in San Jose. They got a chance to atone for their 6-3 loss and promptly snapped the Sharks 6-game winning streak with a 5-2 win at SAP Center on Tuesday night. Like the Sharks last week, Edmonton scored three 1st period goals to smack San Jose in the chops. The Sharks had no answer for the speedier Oilers, and never challenged Edmonton after a pair of early goals sucked the wind out the building.

The Tuesday night game meant a building that was significantly less than capacity, even though the Sharks announced ticket sales north of 16,000. The partially filled building didn't have much to cheer about after the gut punch the Oilers threw at them early.

The Oilers looked nothing like the lifeless group from a week earlier. They pushed the tempo early and grabbed an early 1-0 lead just 2:48 into the game when Markus Granlund slipped to a spot on the right side where Oscar Kelfbom set him up with a feed. Without any defense in sight, Granlund gathered Kelfbom's feed and lifted the puck past Martin Jones for his 1st goal of the season.

Zack Kassian pushed the Oilers lead to 2-0 just over 5 minutes later when he swatted at a puck from just outside the right post. Jones lost the puck which sat int he crease for Kassian to get a second chance at it. Mario Ferraro appeared to sweep it clear, but the play was reviewed at the next stoppage where replay clearly showed the puck crossing the goal line.

San Jose answered at 9:23 when an Evander Kane shot hit Kevin Labanc in the chest before bouncing past Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen. Labanc was parked on the left post, when Kane whipped the puck high. Labanc was credited with his 7th goal of the season on the play.

The Sharks just didn't compete late in the period. San Jose allowed Jujhar Khaira to punch home his 4th goal of the season with 15 ticks left in the frame after Ferraro coughed up the puck in the Sharks zone. It was a back breaking goal that San Jose could ill afford to surrender. They did, and the night got extremely complicated.

Ferraro was whistled for hooking late in the 2nd period, setting up a 4th goal for the Oilers. James Neal capitalized with a shot from the slot, beating Jones for the 4-1 lead.

The Sharks power play had a pair of chances in the game, including one 4:00 into the 3rd period after Connonr McDavid was sent off for holding the stick. Like the 5-on-5 play, the Sharks special teams was mediocre. In a game where the opposition held the advantage most of the night, mediocre was not good enough.

McDavid made it a 5-1 game at 6:34 when he swept home a rebound off a Darnell Nurse shot. McDavid was simply loitering on the right side, perfectly positioned to pounce on the deflection after Nurse pumped a shot off Jones from the off wing.

Barclay Goodrow scored his 6th of the season at 9:43. The Sharks forward pounced on a rebound on the left side after Radim Simek bounced a shot off Kosinen.

The deflated San Jose crowd got to sit through 9 minutes of drudging hockey that was about as exiting as a root canal.

Game Notes:

* Tomas Hertl played most of the game, but skated off and to the dressing room with 2 minutes remaining in regulation after falling to the ice. It appeared as if he aggravated the injury that he sustained last week.

* The lone bright spot for San Jose was the 61% faceoff win rate. Unfortunately the Sharks couldn't do much with the puck after they gained control of it with those faceoff wins.

* Lukas Radil skated on 8 shifts the entire game for 5:53 of ice time. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer leaned on his veterans who did little, in order to send some sort of message to Radil.

* Mario Ferraro saw plenty of ice time, and he showed his appreciation by turning over the puck on Edmonton's 3rd goal, then taking a penalty, which led to a power play goal for Edmonton.

* The Sharks were credited with 18 shots in the 1st period, which is difficult to comprehend given that Edmonton seemed to control the puck for the majority of the period. Edmonton goaltender Mikko Koskinen was rarely challenged in the game, nuch less the opening period.


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1 2 3 T
EDM 3 1 1 5
SJ 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, EDM, Granlund 1 (Klefbom, Haas), 2:48. 2, EDM, Kassian 8 (McDavid, Nurse), 7:59. 3, SJ, Labanc 7 (Kane, Couture), 9:23. 4, EDM, Khara 4 (Russell), 19:45.
2nd period - 5, EDM, Neal 13 (McDavid, Klefbom), 19:19, (pp).
3rd period - 6, EDM, McDavid 15 (Nurse, Draisaitl), 6:34. 7, SJ, Goodrow 6 (Simek, Burns), 9:43.
1st period - Kassian, EDM (hooking), 10:19.
2nd period - Ferraro, SJ (hooking), 16:20; Dillon, SJ (interference), 18:59.
3rd period - McDavid, EDM (holding the stick). 4:00.
Shots Saves
EDM - Koskinen 35 33
SJ - Jones 29 24
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
EDM 9 11 9 29
SJ 18 9 8 35
Power Play Conversion
EDM 1 of 2
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Connor McDavid
Oscar Klefbom
Mikko Koskinen
SAP Center - 16,147
Referees: St Laurent, Chmielewski. Linesmen: Galloway, Knorr.
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