RECAP: Oilers 2, Sharks 1

Chris Wescott  - | Monday, 12.08.2014 / 1:14 AM

EDMONTON, AB - David Perron gave the Oilers the lead in the third period and they held on to win 2-1 against the visiting San Jose Sharks.

The win snapped an 11-game losing streak and marked the Oilers first of the season against a Western Conference opponent.

“Getting rid of that (streak) is huge,” Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “It’s the, whatever you want to call it, monkey off your back, elephant, large gorilla. It feels good for everybody, but most importantly our players and our fans.”

The Oilers managed six straight shots on goal to open the game before San Jose registered their first. By the end of the first period, the Oilers led in shots 11-2 and were getting some pressure on Alex Stalock and the Sharks net.

The Oilers nearly took the lead in the opening minutes of the second period when Steve Pinizzotto and Luke Gazdic had a 2-on-1 rush. Pinizzotto’s shot went wide to the left of the net.

Also in the second period, Oilers defenceman Keith Aulie answered the bell after a hit on Barclay Goodrow. Aulie dropped the gloves and fought James Sheppard. Aulie got the boarding minor and Sheppard took a roughing penalty.

Brenden Dillon got whistled for holding at 7:36 of the second, which gave the Oilers their first man advantage of the game.

At 7:45 of the middle frame, Stalock got caught way outside of the crease, and underneath a teammate, as Nail Yakupov buried the puck from the slot for his fourth of the season. The power play goal was assisted by Jordan Eberle and Jeff Petry. The goal was Yakupov’s first since November 11, against Nashville.

Ben Scrivens made a nice save on the Oilers end in the moments that followed that goal, stopping the Sharks from negating the momentum.

The Sharks evened things up at 9:51 as Patrick Marleau backhanded a pass out in front for the trailing Tye McGinn. Brent Burns recorded the second assist.

The Oilers killed off two penalties taken in the first six minutes of the third period. Boyd Gordon’s high-sticking call and Pinizzotto’s roughing penalty were erased by the Oilers penalty kill units.

“Those were huge,” Oilers winger Taylor Hall said. “That’s a power play that loves to get shots and seems to hem you in there pretty well. For us to kill those off, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we got a goal right after that.”

Edmonton took the lead at 10:26 of the third period. Perron banked the puck in off Dillon, assisted by Teddy Purcell and Mark Fayne.

“We have to work for our bounces and I feel like the last few games we’ve done that,” Perron said. “It was good to get rewarded.”

The win was nice for the Oilers, but it’s back to business with a short turnaround and a rematch looming on Tuesday in San Jose.

“Does it allow you to enjoy your night and part of your day tomorrow? Absolutely, but we’re not going to have a parade over this,” Eakins said. “We’re going to get right back to business and go play this same team, which is an extremely hard team to play. They’re well coached, they’re organized and they’ve got such a veteran core there that they’re hard to beat.”

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
07:45EDM PPG - Nail Yakupov (4) ASST: Jordan Eberle (12), Jeff Petry (3) 1 - 0 EDM
09:51SJS Tye McGinn (1) ASST: Patrick Marleau (18), Brent Burns (15) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
10:26EDM David Perron (4) ASST: Teddy Purcell (8), Mark Fayne (4) 2 - 1 EDM
Three Stars of the Game
Ben Scrivens
Ben Scrivens
SA: 21TOI: 59:43
GA: 1EV: 16-17
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .952SH: 0-0
Mark Fayne
Mark Fayne
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:16
Patrick Marleau
Patrick Marleau
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:25
Penalty Summary
1st Period
14:42SJS Mirco Mueller  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
06:18EDM Keith Aulie  Fighting (maj) against  James Sheppard
06:18SJS James Sheppard  Fighting (maj) against  Keith Aulie
06:18SJS James Sheppard  Roughing against  Keith Aulie
06:18EDM Keith Aulie  Boarding against  Barclay Goodrow
07:36SJS Brenden Dillon  Holding against  Boyd Gordon
3rd Period
00:21EDM Boyd Gordon  Hi-sticking against  Logan Couture
05:30EDM Steven Pinizzotto  Roughing against  Brenden Dillon
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/21/2
Faceoff Wins3124
Blocked Shots1612
Penalty Minutes1111
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30B. Scrivens2021.95259:43