|San Jose's Jeremy Roenick hovers over netminder Edmonton's Dwayne Roloson and Sheldon Souray on December 6, 2008 at HP Pavilion at San Jose in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)|
After beating the Kings 5-4 in a shootout Friday night, the Oilers topped the best team in the league -- the San Jose Sharks -- 3-2 in overtime on Saturday. Kyle Brodziak scored the game-winner on the powerplay in OT, while Dwayne Roloson earned the win with a 41-save performance.
The Sharks dominated the first eight minutes of play, firing eight shots on Roloson before the Oilers could test Evgeni Nabokov at the opposite end of the ice. Although the Oilers struggled to create scoring opportunities, the club's first attempt, courtesy of Ales Hemsky, found the back of the net. After cutting across the slot and lining up a shooting lane, the sniper fired above Nabokov to give the Oilers a 1-0 at 8:50.
The Sharks swarmed following the goal, but a steady Roloson turned away his 15th shot and a sturdy post stopped a few more.
With less than three minutes left in the frame, Dustin Penner earned a double high-sticking minor and the Sharks earned a four-minute powerplay. Although the Oilers killed the first two minutes, Dan Boyle trickled a sharp-angle shot past Roloson in the period's final six seconds to put both clubs on even terms heading into the middle frame.
With the Oilers trailing 16-1 on the shot-clock, Erik Cole drew the play into the neutral zone and then drew a tripping penalty from Christian Ehrhoff. But the Oilers were unable to register a shot on the man-advantage and then headed back on the penalty kill thanks to an interference penalty to Cole.
Although the Oilers killed that infraction, even-strength play put the visitors behind for the first time. At the eight-minute mark, an intense scramble in Roloson's crease came to an end when Jeremy Roenick capitalized on the confusion and backhanded the puck across the line to put the Sharks up 2-1.
The Oilers benefited from a trio of powerplays later in the period. The first man-advantage passed in its entirety, but the second opportunity -- due to a hooking penalty to Rob Blake -- lasted only 17 seconds. From his spot at the top of the crease, Penner tipped in Sheldon Souray's slapshot to tie the game at two.
A final second-period penalty to the Sharks began immediately following the goal, but Edmonton's powerplay unit was unable to strike a second time and the 2-2 game stretched into the third period.
San Jose hit 39 shots in the first half of the third, but Roloson excelled between the pipes, shaking off a collision with Rob Schremp, a slapshot to the mask, and then a lost stick to maintain the tie game.
With five minutes left in regulation, Tom Gilbert was called for kneeing, but a go-ahead powerplay goal eluded the Sharks and the home team dropped to 1-for-4 on the man-advantage.
At the end of 60 minutes, the Sharks had tallied 28 more shots than the Oilers but Roloson held strong to force extra time.
Two minutes into sudden death, Oilers call-up Gilbert Brule drew a hooking penalty from Sharks captain Patrick Marleau and the Oilers went on their fifth powerplay. With 30 seconds left in the man-advantage, Kyle Brodziak saw his shot bounce off Nabokov and then off Ehrhoff's skate and into the net, securing a 3-2 OT win in San Jose and a perfect four-point weekend for the Oil in California.