Dustin Penner has a near-miss scoring opportunity on Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.
- photo by Andy Devlin Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club
San Jose got off to a fast start, firing the game's first six shots on goal. A penalty to Matt Greene gave the Sharks the game's first power play.
The best chance on that man advantage came when Jonathan Cheechoo had the puck in the slot. His wrister went off the arm of Garon and over the net.
After the kill, Edmonton started to gain some momentum. Ales Hemsky had the puck on a string deep in the Sharks zone for about 30 seconds but couldn't convert that into a scoring chance from behind the San Jose net. However, the Oilers' hard work led to a penalty to Joe Thornton.
After generating some pressure in the San Jose end, the Oilers power play was shortlived. Dick Tarnstrom was forced to hold up Patrick Rissmiller who took advantage of a turnover and almost had a clear break on the Edmonton net.
A similar situation happened at the other end of the ice several minutes later. Andrew Cogliano took a nice pass from Sam Gagner and carried the puck in on goal. Just as he got around Sharks defenceman Sandish Ozolinsh, he was knocked down by the defender. Ozolinsh recieved two for holding as a result.
On the power play that followed, the Sharks were scrambling after Joe Pavelski broke his stick in the corner. Dustin Penner thought he scored after receiving a cross-ice pass at the left side of Nabokov. However, his attempt hit the side of the Sharks net.
Shots on goal after one period were 10-5 for San Jose.
San Jose peppered Garon to start the second period but the Oilers netminder was equal to the task. Milan Michalek had the best chance during a scramble in front of the net.
Through the first eight minutes of the period, shots were 8-2 for the Sharks.
San Jose finally solved Garon 11:48 into the second period. Craig Rivet's initial shot from the point was blocked and the Oilers goaltender denied Devin Setoguchi but Joe Pavelski was in the crease to pick up the rebound and put it in to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
San Jose almost doubled their lead several minutes later but Garon got a glove on a Setoguchi shot from the left circle.
With 45.6 seconds left in the second, Rissmiller dropped the puck to Mike Grier at the right circle and he teed a shot over the shoulder of Garon to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.
Shots on goal after two were 31-9 for San Jose.
A strong forechecking shift from the Nilsson, Cogliano, Gagner line resulted in Gagner drawing a penalty along the side boards, putting Edmonton on the power play early in the third period with a chance to get back in the game.
Edmonton had a number of shot attempts blocked on the power play but Dustin Penner managed to get one through to Nabokov.
Patrick Rissmiller added an empty netter with 29.2 seconds left to seal the outcome.
NOTES: Tonight's game was the 99th consecutive sellout at Rexall Place with an attendance of 16,839.
Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi tries to bat the puck out of mid-air in the third period.
- photo by Greg Skafte edmontonoilers.com