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Sharks slip past Oilers 5-4 in shootout

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Sharks slip past Oilers 5-4 in shootout
San Jose Sharks 5, Edmonton Oilers 4

by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com

Reeling from the loss of star forward Ales Hemsky due to shoulder surgery, the Oilers were faced with a formidable foe -- the Sharks -- Friday night at Rexall Place. But thanks in large part to rookie Ryan Potulny and goaltender Jeff Deslauriers, Edmonton kept San Jose on its toes and thrilled fans with an exciting back-and-forth game that stretched past 60 minutes.

In the end, Joe Pavelski scored the lone shootout goal, sealing a 5-4 win for the Sharks.

FIRST PERIOD

No one was expecting a warm welcome for Oiler-rejector Dany Heatley, so it was no surprise when the boos and "Heatley sucks" chants filled the building before opening puck drop. But three minutes into the game, fans took a break from the hexing to cheer on Jean-Francois Jacques, who dropped his gloves vs. San Jose's Frazer McLaren in front of Evgeni Nabokov's net.

Fighting majors to both players, plus a roughing minor to Jacques and hooking minor to Ryane Clowe, kept both clubs on even terms.

Near the five minute mark, Oilers fans erupted when Steve Staios hit Heatley near the home bench. Unfortunately, the crowd was silenced mid cheer when Patrick Marleau snapped the puck past Jeff Deslauriers, giving the Sharks the first lead of the game.

Shortly after the goal, Oilers blueliner Sheldon Souray was called for cross-checking and the Sharks got the chance to increase their lead on the powerplay. But Deslauriers stood strong in net, stopping three shots to keep his club within one.

With 5:39 left on the clock, the Oilers got the chance to test their powerplay prowess when surging Sam Gagner drew a holding penalty from Jason Demers. The man-advantage was diffused by fierce penalty killing, however, and Edmonton was unable to tie things up despite owning a narrow shot lead.

In the period's dying seconds, Ryan Potulny pushed through two Sharks near the penalty boxes, triggering a pile-up of blue and white jerseys. Roughing minors to Potulny and Jed Ortmeyer ensured both teams would start the middle frame with four skaters.

SECOND PERIOD

Four-on-four gave the Sharks the room they needed to regain the shot lead, but even without a stick, Deslauriers effectively kept an early second-period goal off the clock. By the game's midway point, the Sharks were up 18-12 on the shot clock and continued to carry a slim 1-0 lead.

One minute later, Potulny erased it completely. On a face-off, the Oilers forward snagged the puck, broke in on Nabokov, and backhanded a five-hole goal to get the Oilers on the board and tie the game at one.

Hooking minors to both sides put special teams in the hot seat later in the period, but the go-ahead goal remained elusive and Edmonton headed to the third period tied 1-1 but trailing 17 shots to 21.

THIRD PERIOD

The Oilers tallied the first two shots of the third period and, two minutes in, took their first lead of the game. Although Nabokov made a solid pad save on Gilbert Brule's initial attempt, the rebound flew out to linemate Dustin Penner, who lifted the puck into the open net to put the Oil up 2-1.

Two minutes after that, the forwards switched roles to make it 3-1. Penner swept behind the net and fed the puck to Brule out front, who one-timed it past Nabokov, doubling Edmonton's lead.

The goals kept coming, but this time in San Jose's favour. Near the six-minute mark, Marleau got his second of  the game by tipping Joe Thornton's shot past Deslauriers, setting the score 3-2.

Then at 8:26 and with an Oilers delayed penalty, Clowe spun around and tucked the puck inside the post to put both clubs back on even terms.

Edmonton was looking for revenge after losing their lead, and they what they were looking for from Potulny. From the middle of the left face-off circle, the rookie snapped home his second of the game to give the Oil a 4-3 lead.

A late penalty to Kent Huskins seemed to seal the win for the Oilers, but the Sharks accomplished the unthinkable: with 86 seconds left in regulation, Marleau scored shorthanded to secure a hat-trick and force overtime.

OVERTIME

Midway through the extra frame, Souray took a high-sticking minor and the Oilers were forced to ice three men against four. But only 19 seconds into San Jose's man-advantage, Joe Pavelski tripped up Staios and three-on-three began.

The wide-open ice encouraged plenty of end-to-end rushes, but sudden death expired before the lamp was lit.

SHOOTOUT

scoring summary
1st Period
05:23
SJS
Patrick Marleau (15) ASST: Joe Thornton (27), Dany Heatley (12)
1 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
11:03
EDM
Ryan Potulny (4) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
02:07
EDM
Dustin Penner (14) ASST: Gilbert Brule (8)
2 - 1 EDM
04:09
EDM
Gilbert Brule (7) ASST: Dustin Penner (14), Sam Gagner (10)
3 - 1 EDM
05:55
SJS
Patrick Marleau (16) ASST: Joe Thornton (28), Dan Boyle (18)
3 - 2 EDM
08:28
SJS
Ryane Clowe (5) ASST: Patrick Marleau (14), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (7)
3 - 3 Tie
14:57
EDM
Ryan Potulny (5) ASST: Ladislav Smid (6), Ethan Moreau (3)
4 - 3 EDM
18:34
SJS
SHG - Patrick Marleau (17) ASST: Joe Thornton (29)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDEDMSJS
1P. O'SullivanP. Marleau
2S. GagnerJ. Pavelski
3D. Penner
penalty summary
1st Period
03:13
SJS
Frazer McLaren  Fighting (maj) against  Jean-Francois Jacques
03:13
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Fighting (maj) against  Frazer McLaren
03:13
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Hooking against  Dustin Penner
03:13
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Roughing against  Frazer McLaren
06:48
EDM
Sheldon Souray  Cross checking against  Torrey Mitchell
14:21
SJS
Jason Demers  Holding against  Sam Gagner
19:56
EDM
Ryan Potulny  Roughing against  Jed Ortmeyer
19:56
SJS
Jed Ortmeyer  Roughing against  Ryan Potulny
2nd Period
12:50
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Hooking against  Ryane Clowe
16:44
SJS
Scott Nichol  Hooking against  Ladislav Smid
3rd Period
18:20
SJS
Kent Huskins  Holding the stick against  Shawn Horcoff
OT Period
02:34
EDM
Sheldon Souray  Hi-sticking against  Joe Thornton
02:53
SJS
Joe Pavelski  Hooking against  Steve Staios
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
15-4-4
SA: 33TOI: 64:44
Saves: 29EV: 26 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .879SH: 0 - 0
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 31TOI: 65:00
Saves: 27EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .871SH: 2 - 3