RECAP: Sharks 5, Oilers 4

Chris Wescott  - edmontonoilers.com | Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 2:15 AM

SAN JOSE, CA - The Oilers led at one point in the third, however the San Jose Sharks scored two goals less than two minutes apart in the final frame to spoil Taylor Hall's four-point night and defeat Edmonton 5-4.

The Oilers racked up 23 penalty minutes in the loss.

“It was good and bad,” Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “I thought that we battled extremely hard. In my recent memory, I can’t remember a game where we were supporting and fighting and battling in the game. I liked our compete level, I thought we had lots of sacrifice and the bad part is, you can’t take seven penalties against a team like that. Especially in the third after we battled back from a deficit. You just can’t take those penalties and especially, you can’t take them against a good team and against any team in this league. To take seven penalties, you’re going to get in trouble.”

The Sharks took the 1-0 lead at 3:11 of the opening period. Tyler Kennedy’s shot was saved by Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens but he kicked a juicy rebound out into the slot where Andrew Desjardins capitalized on the wide-open net. Jason Demers was awarded the second assist.

The Oilers got the equalizer on the power play at 12:34 of the first. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins stepped over the line and backhanded a pass to Taylor Hall on the left wing. Hall ripped a shot glove-side of goaltender Antti Niemi for the game-tying goal and his team-leading 69th point of the season. Jordan Eberle snagged the second assist.

San Jose gained back the lead when penalties to both sides provided the fans with some 4-on-4 hockey. The Sharks won the draw and Joe Thornton chased down the puck and passed it to Dan Boyle in the high slot. Boyle waited for the traffic to clear for a few seconds before going top shelf for the go-ahead goal.

Another face-off win for the Sharks in the Oilers zone led to their two-goal lead less than three minutes into the second period. Off the draw, Justin Braun passed the puck across the ice to Brad Stuart. Stuart hammered a shot, it deflected off of Scrivens’ shoulder and behind the goalie for an easy tap-in goal for Tommy Wingels at 2:45 of the middle frame.

The goal came one second after a hooking penalty to Oilers defenceman Mark Fraser expired.

The Oilers would rally after the mid-point of the second period, courtesy of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

At 6:55 of the second, Nugent-Hopkins scored glove-side of Niemi from the top of the circle. He was assisted by Anton Belov and Taylor Hall.

38 seconds later, Eberle carried the puck over the line and attempted a centring pass to Nugent-Hopkins who crashed the crease. The puck would find its way in with Eberle later being credited with the score after Nugent-Hopkins was originally awarded the point. The goal tied the game at 3-3 and Oscar Klefbom and Nugent-Hopkins had the helpers.

The game entered the third period knotted up at three.

Nugent-Hopkins struck again for the Oilers to give them the lead, this time at 6:16 of the final period of regulation. Eberle and Hall had the assists on Nugent-Hopkins’ 18th goal of the season.

“I thought we showed a lot of fight and it’s obviously tough not at least pushing it to overtime,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “But I thought we battle really hard. I think just a few penalties killed us but I think for the most part we played a pretty solid game.”

With 9:23 remaining in the third, Brent Burns tied the game for the Sharks at 10:35. Thornton and Joe Pavelski had the assists.

The Sharks continued to swarm when Patrick Marleau swatted the puck in backdoor on the power play at 12:31. The goal gave San Jose the 5-4 lead with Burns and Boyle getting the assists.

The loss was the Oilers' second straight.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:11SJS Andrew Desjardins (3) ASST: Tyler Kennedy (13), Jason Demers (29) 1 - 0 SJS
12:34EDM PPG - Taylor Hall (26) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (34), Jordan Eberle (33) 1 - 1 Tie
15:54SJS Dan Boyle (11) ASST: Joe Thornton (62) 2 - 1 SJS
2nd Period
02:45SJS Tommy Wingels (16) ASST: Brad Stuart (8), Justin Braun (13) 3 - 1 SJS
13:04EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (17) ASST: Anton Belov (6), Taylor Hall (44) 3 - 2 SJS
13:42EDM Jordan Eberle (25) ASST: Oscar Klefbom (2), Taylor Hall (45) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
06:16EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (18) ASST: Jordan Eberle (34), Taylor Hall (46) 4 - 3 EDM
10:35SJS Brent Burns (22) ASST: Joe Thornton (63), Joe Pavelski (36) 4 - 4 Tie
12:31SJS PPG - Patrick Marleau (32) ASST: Joe Pavelski (37), Brent Burns (23) 5 - 4 SJS
Three Stars of the Game
Joe Thornton
Joe Thornton
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:48
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 20:18
Patrick Marleau
Patrick Marleau
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 24:15
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:38SJS Jason Demers  Tripping against  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
07:59EDM David Perron  Tripping against  James Sheppard
11:37SJS Dan Boyle  Roughing against  Matt Hendricks
14:50EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins  Slashing against  Brent Burns
14:50SJS Brent Burns  Cross checking against  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
18:44EDM Anton Lander  Hi-sticking against  Dan Boyle
2nd Period
00:44EDM Mark Fraser  Hooking against  Joe Pavelski
03:42SJS Brent Burns  Roughing against  Mark Fraser
03:42EDM Mark Fraser  Roughing against  Brent Burns
03:42EDM Mark Fraser  Roughing against  Brent Burns
14:49EDM Mark Fraser  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
14:49SJS Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Fraser
14:49EDM Mark Fraser  Roughing against  Mike Brown
3rd Period
03:16SJS Mike Brown  Hooking against  David Perron
12:23EDM David Perron  Tripping against  Justin Braun
16:06EDM David Perron  Hooking against  James Sheppard
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/31/7
Faceoff Wins3237
Blocked Shots1610
Penalty Minutes2315
2J. PetryD00-31024:42
4T. HallL13110020:10
5M. FraserD00001312:08
14J. EberleR1221020:49
19J. SchultzD0011022:07
23M. HendricksL00-12015:41
27B. GordonC00-22015:35
36P. LarsenD0001011:10
41W. ActonC00-21011:35
51A. LanderC00-21213:25
57D. PerronL0002616:53
77A. BelovD0111014:04
84O. KlefbomD0110017:39
85M. MarincinD00-30022:26
89S. GagnerC0002015:46
94R. SmythL0001013:26
30B. Scrivens2833.84857:58
5J. DemersD0100216:58
7B. StuartD0101019:23
8J. PavelskiC0202022:02
9M. HavlatR0010011:26
10A. DesjardinsL101209:57
12P. MarleauL10-25024:15
15J. SheppardC0010012:01
18M. BrownR001175:02
19J. ThorntonC0201021:48
22D. BoyleD1014223:03
39L. CoutureC0002019:42
44M. VlasicD0000016:24
52M. IrwinD0015017:07
57T. WingelsC1012014:30
61J. BraunD0103018:27
81T. KennedyC011108:19
83M. NietoL00-11012:44
88B. BurnsD11-13420:13
31A. Niemi2529.86259:42