Sharks take Game 1 over Oilers 2-1
After Ryan Smyth had a pair of chances down low, Ales Hemsky threaded a pass across the slot to Jaroslav Spacek who one-timed it behind Toskala to give the Oilers the first goal of the series.
Several minutes later, the Sharks struck to tie the game at 1-1. Steve Bernier had the puck in the corner and found Marleau at the left circle where he teed a shot past a screened Roloson.
Roloson came up big at the midway point of the period, sliding across to deny Scott Hannan on a one-timer.
Roloson made another huge stop on Mark Smith during a scramble in front. On the same play he was given a penalty for holding Smith in front after losing his stick. San Jose's first power play was shortlived as Christian Ehrhoff tripped up Michael Peca shortly after it began.
After one period, shots on goal were 9-9.
Roloson made a pair of good saves early on Milan Michalek but on the same sequence, Christian Ehrhoff blasted a shot from the point that went over the shoulder of Roloson.
On the next shift, Thornton broke in alone but was pokechecked by Roloson. Jarret Stoll took a hooking penalty on the play, putting San Jose on the power play for the third time.
San Jose carried the play for the first half of the period, outshooting Edmonton 7-0 through the first 12 minutes.
The Sharks pressured Edmonton for a solid two minutes, pinning them in their zone. It eventually drew a penalty with Samsonov hooking Joe Thornton behind the Oilers' net. Edmonton was able to kill off the penalty, sending them to the intermission down by one.
Shots on goal after 40 minutes were 18-11 San Jose.
Five minutes into the third, Edmonton went on its fourth power play of the night. It took the Oilers the full two minutes to finally get set up in the Sharks' zone but when they did, Jarret Stoll teed up a screened shot that Toskala had to be sharp in gloving down.
With 9:18 to play in the third Joe Thornton tripped up Roloson behind the Oilers net, sending Edmonton on their fifth power play. San Jose's penalty killers stepped up once again to deny Edmonton of even a quality scoring chance.
With less than a minute left, Stoll had the puck just to the left side of Toskala but swept it just wide of the goalmouth.
NOTES: Edmonton went with the same lineup as Game 6 against Detroit... Ryan Smyth was shaken up early in the second period after a hit by Mark Smith but returned to the game... Dvorak was checked awkwardly into the boards midway through the third period by Patrick Rissmiller and limped off the ice. He did not return... Chris Pronger led the Oilers with 30:07 in icetime. Tom Preissing was tops for the Sharks at 25:02... Each team won 26 faceoffs on the night. Leading the way for Edmonton was Shawn Horcoff at 83% (10-for-12).