Oilers lose 4-1 in Saturday night Shark attack
|Edmonton's Denis Grebeshov and San Jose's Ryane Clowe battle for the puck in San Jose Saturday night. The Sharks went on to beat the Oilers 4-1. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com
Although the Oilers showed promise by creating scoring chances and countering Dany Heatley's early second-period marker with a goal by Robert Nilsson, Edmonton was ultimately unable to beat the Western Conference leaders and suffered a 4-1 loss Saturday night.
The Oilers held their own in the first 10 minutes against the conference's top club but managed to register only one shot on Evgeni Nabokov while the Sharks got five on Jeff Deslauriers
Edmonton responded with three shots near the 11-minute mark, but San Jose quickly regained control and took the first lead. Just off the crease, winger Jamie McGinn tipped Kent Huskins' shot through Deslauriers' legs to put his club up 1-0.
The Oilers goalie couldn't catch enough of that shot, and four minutes later another attempt trickled past him. With help from Scott Nichol and Brad Staubitz, Douglas Murray slipped the puck past the netminder, making it 2-0 on eight Sharks shots.
In the frame's final two minutes, Dustin Penner
caught Joe Thornton with a high stick to give San Jose the game's first powerplay. Edmonton's penalty killers outlasted the period but would be down a man for 36 seconds to start the middle frame.
Although the Oilers killed the rest of Penner's penalty, it took only seven more seconds for the Sharks to tally a third goal. Sneaky Dany Heatley circled the net and wrapped the puck between Deslauriers' skate and the post to make it 3-0 San Jose.
But just over three minutes later, the visitors got that one back. With Sam Gagner
at his side, Robert Nilsson fired on Nabokov and wristed home his own rebound to get the Oilers on the board.
Shortly after the goal, Jason Strudwick
and Ryane Clowe thrilled fans with a scrap in the Oilers zone. Clowe was soon joined by Jody Shelley in the penalty box, but Edmonton's first powerplay sputtered and tallied only one shot on net.
Holding and tripping minors to Zack Stortini
and Joe Pavelski soon forced nearly two minutes of four-on-four, and the speedy Sharks took advantage of the opened-up ice. After surging across the blue line with Thornton, Patrick Marleau sniped the puck past Deslauriers to renew his team's three-goal cushion.
Despite trailing on the scoreclock, the Oilers continued to battle and owned a 16-15 shot lead heading into the third period.
The penalty box doors were kept swinging in the early part of the final frame as the clubs traded infractions, but the powerplays proved unsuccessful and the 4-1 game continued.
The desperate Oilers were caught in a shoving match at Deslauriers' let in the game's final minutes, a brawl that resulted in a fighting major to Jay Leach, roughing minor to Torrey Mitchell, and one of each to Steve Staios.
But the defenceman's aggression couldn't kickstart some scoring, and the Oilers dropped a 4-1 decision to the Sharks Saturday night.
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