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Sharks take 3-2 nail biter over Edmonton
SJ extends win streak to 2 games
11/9/2023 - By Mike Lee

Start plotting the Stanley Cup parade route folks, because the Sharks have won two games in a row. San Jose followed up their 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday by sweating out a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday at SAP Center. Fabian Zetterlund and Tomas Hertl each has a goal and an assist to lead San Jose. San Jose still sits in the NHL basement, but they've at least drawn even with Edmonton in standings points by earning their 5th point of the season.

San Jose better relish the winning streak, because they travel to Vegas Friday night. Tired legs and the best record in the NHL await the Sharks, but for the next 24 hours, they'll get to enjoy winning back to back games. After dropping their first 11 games to start the season, they'll take any shape of win.

MacKenzie Blackwood led San Jose with 39 saves after having to face bushels of shots once again. The netminder should have negotiated his pay on the number of shots faced, because he's averaging 39.5 shots against per 60 minutes, which is tops in the league.

Tonight he let 2 pucks get by, but his teammates picked him up by putting 3 of them past Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner.

San Jose took a pair of penalties in the opening period, but the special teams held the fort. The Sharks countered when Zetterlund scored his 4th goal of the season with 1:25 remaining in the frame. Hertl handled the puck behind the net before sliding a pass out to the slot where an unguarded Zetterlund snapped a shot past Stuart Skinner.

Darnell Nurse leveled the game at 1-1 just 1:56 into the 2nd period when he raced up the right side on a 2-on-1 break before snapping a shot over Blackwood's left shoulder.

Hertl helped San Jose reclaim the lead at 9:05. From the sometimes it's better to be lucky than good category, the Sharks got a fortuitous rebound off a Zetterlund shot from the left point. Skinner gave up a fat rebound right to Hertl on the right side for the easy put back chance. The shot was a no doubter and Hertl had his 2nd goal of the season.

Blackwood preserved that lead with a pair of save sequences that really made their mark. Edmonton had a flurry of chances with 7 minutes to play, after the Sharks goaltender misjudged a waist high shot that he failed to glove. The Oilers turned that opportunity into a series of shots that upped the blood pressure in the building.

The Sharks pushed their advantage to a pair of goals 1:53 into the 3rd period when Filip Zadina buried a Zetterlund feed on a 2-on-1 break. Zetterlund carried the puck up the right side when Nurse misplayed the puck along the side boards, drawing defenseman Cody Ceci over to the strong side before feathering the puck to Zadina for his 3rd deposit of the season.

Zetterlund drew an Oilers penalty at 5:43 by fighting off three Edmonton defenders and luring Ryan Nugent-Hopkins into taking a hooking penalty. The Sharks fist power play of the night was short-lived when William Eklund obliged the Oilers with his own hooking penalty

Down by 2 goals, the Oilers pulled SKinner with 2:50 to play. They cashed in when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored from the right side at 17:34.

Mikael Granlund took an ill-advised tripping penalty on the ensuing faceoff, giving Edmonton their 4th power play of the night. Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft pulled Skinner, but it was too little too late. Blackwood did his thing and the Sharks got to enjoy a second consecutive win.

Game Notes:

* Calen Addison made his Sharks debut on Thursday night after being acquired from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. The defenseman saw time on the power play as well. Addison skated 19:47 of ice time on 23 shifts, recording 2 shots on goal and 3 blocked shots.

* Chalk up first points of the season for Nico Sturm and Ryan Carpenter. Both recorded assists on Filip Zadina's 3rd period goal.

* Evan Bouchard, Mattias Ekholm and Leon Draisaitl all recorded 5 shots on goal. Zach Hyman and Connor McDavid added 4 shots each. Tomas Hertl led San Jose with 3 shots on goal.

* San Jose recalled left winger Oskar Lindblom from the Barracuda. He was a scratch, along with Ty Emberson and Nikolai Knyzhov.

* Tomas Hertl was 15 of 25 on draws (60%) to lead San Jose. The Sharks held a 32-26 advantage in draws (55%).


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1 2 3 T
EDM 0 1 1 2
SJ 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Zetterlund 4 (Hertl, Eklund), 18:35.
2nd period - 2, EDM, Nurse 3 (Draisaitl, Foegele), 1:56. 3, SJ, Hertl 2 (Zetterlund, Okhotiuk), 9:05.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Zadina 3 (Sturm, Carpenter), 1:53. 5, EDM, Nugent-Hopkins 3 (Bouchard, Ekholm), 17:34.
1st period - Okhotiuk, SJ (slashing), 2:13; Sturm, SJ (boarding), 11:12.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Nugent-Hopkins, EDM (hooking), 5:43; Eklund, SJ (hooking), 7:15; Nugent-Hopkins, EDM (holding), 10:47; Granlund, SJ (tripping), 17:48.
Shots Saves
EDM - Skinner 18 15
SJ - Blackwood 41 39
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
EDM 14 10 17 41
SJ 6 8 4 18
Power Play Conversion
EDM 0 of 4
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
MacKenzie Blackwood
Tomas Hertl
Fabian Zetterlund
SAP Center - 12,206
Referees: #18 Tom Chmielewski, #43 Morgan MacPhee . Linesmen: #77 Caleb Apperson, #96 David Brisebois.

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