IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Sharks
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the San Jose Sharks
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Out: Joensuu (high ankle sprain), Yakupov (ankle), Fasth (neck), Belov (healthy)
20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.
15:49: The Oilers got on the board early in this one. David Perron made a nice move at the left circle to move the puck from his backhand to forehand after taking a drop pass from Taylor Hall. Perron made no mistake, roofing it past Sharks netminder Antti Niemi. | EDM 1, SJ 0
14:00: Ryan Jones goes down to an injury after blocking a shot and has to be helped off the ice.
9:29: Shots on goal are 3-3 just past the midway point of the first period.
9:01: Oilers have a couple great chances to double their lead as Anton Lander and Jordan Eberle both take swipes at the puck from prime scoring areas but Niemi is equal to the task.
Jonesy in some big-time pain after blocking that #SJSharks point shot, needs a lift from Smytty and Gazdic to get off the ice.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 26, 2014
1:27: Shots are 10-9 Oilers as the period nears completion. It was 8-4 Edmonton at one point earlier in the frame.
Tyler Pitlick finishing his checks tonight. Doesn't look tentative out there, back to what he does best in his 3rd game back w/ #Oilers— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) March 26, 2014
0.0: After one period, shots on goal were 11-10 for San Jose.
Jonesy back in the game after taking that howitzer off the leg. His flow may be (temporarily) gone but his heart sure ain't!— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 26, 2014
20:00: Period two is now underway.
16:10: Sam Gagner nearly slips the puck past Niemi off the rush but can't get enough on his shot at the top of the crease.
14:09: Smyth heads to the box for holding, giving the Sharks the game's first power play.
13:32: Scrivens slid across to stop a shot from the slot by Marleau but Pavelski was there for the rebound to tie the game up. | EDM 1, SJ 1
11:32: Oilers go down a man once again after Andrew Ference gets two minutes for holding.
10:03: Marleau tees up a wrist shot from the top of the right circle and beats Scrivens glove side to put San Jose ahead. | SJ 2, EDM 1
8:30: Oilers register their second shot for the period. Shots were 13-2 Sharks in the middle frame to this point.
8:17: Brad Stuart gets sent to the bin, giving the Oilers their first man advantage of the game.
5:55: Adam Burish blocks a shot with what appears to be his wrist and, while in considerable pain, he skates off the ice and to the dressing room.
Burish just walked by me. Hand didn't look good. Tough break. #Sharks— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) March 26, 2014
3:15: Oilers call their 30-second timeout after icing the puck.
30.3: Martin Havlat's wrist shot from the top of the left circle beats Scrivens to make it a two-goal game. | SJ 3, EDM 1
0.0: Shots after two periods were 28-17 for San Jose.
20:00: Third period has started.
19:28: Taylor Hall gets a penalty early in the third period for holding to send the Sharks back on the power play.
18:43: Sharks connect again on the man advantage, this time Joe Pavelski with his second of the game. Pavelski takes the puck, waits and spins before firing it in. | SJ 4, EDM 1
14:16: Shots are 29-19 Sharks.
7:47: Perron is robbed by Niemi point-blank at the top of the crease.
7:00: Pavelski's shot from the high slot beats Scrivens to complete the hat trick for the Sharks pivot. | SJ 5, EDM 1
5:04: Hall picks up a rebound in front and backhands it just inside the post to get one back for Edmonton. | SJ 5, EDM 2
51.4: Nieto gets two for hooking late in the game.
0.0: Final shot count is 34-30 for the Sharks.