The Oilers earned a hard-fought single point on Thursday in San Jose as they battled back from a two-goal deficit and dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the undefeated Sharks. Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall tallied goals for Edmonton, while Devan Dubnyk finished the game with 36 saves. In the shootout, Gagner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had unsuccessful attempts, while Michal Handzus and Dan Boyle scored for the Sharks. The Oilers now have a 4-2-0-1 record through seven games.
Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:
Momentum swung back and forth throughout Thursday's fast-paced contest. The Sharks had it all after two quick goals midway through the second period, but Sam Gagner's deflection on Mark Fistric's point shot got the Oilers on the board with 9:04 left in the middle frame. The even-strength tally put the momentum back in Edmonton's favour, ultimately leading to a completed comeback.
Seconds between Sharks goals by Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski midway through the second period, spotting the home side a 2-0 advantage.
Points scored by 2010 first-overall draft pick Taylor Hall through seven games to lead the Oilers in scoring.
Assists tallied by rookie winger Nail Yakupov and defenceman Mark Fistric against the Sharks, both players' first helpers as Oilers.
Teams with more points than the Oilers in the Western Conference through seven games. Only Chicago, St. Louis and San Jose are ahead of Edmonton in the standings.
Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle were off to solid starts to the season heading into Thursday's game, but they had yet to connect on a highlight-reel tally as a duo. That all changed in the third period against the Sharks as they executed a give-and-go to perfection with Hall converting into a wide-open cage.
Once again, goalie Devan Dubnyk was the Oilers most valuable player of the game as he stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced, allowing the team to earn the single point. Dubnyk made 20 of his saves in the third period and overtime combined, and he also stopped a breakaway attempt for the second straight game, denying Martin Havlat with a pad save in the first period.
Ryan Smyth did it all for the Oilers on Thursday. The veteran winger spent 2:41 killing penalties, logged 3:18 on the power play, did some typical solid work on offence around the Sharks net and even undressed the Sharks defence with some crafty moves on a shorthanded rush.
Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle have had their way with the Sharks in their young careers, each scoring eight points in 10 and nine games, respectively. Five of Hall's eight points have come on goals.
"We could have called it quits after we went down 2-0 but we scored two shifts later. There's no quit in this team."
– Oilers defenceman Ryan Whitney
Saturday, February 1 at Colorado 1:00pm MST
(SNET-WEST / 630 CHED)
The Oilers will spend Thursday night in San Jose before flying to Denver Friday morning. Edmonton's three-game road trip wraps up on Saturday with a 1:00pm MT matinee game against the Northwest Division rival Avalanche, who improved to 3-4-0 with a win over Calgary on Thursday. The game will be broadcast on Sportsnet West and 630 CHED.