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game recap

Oilers come up just short in loss to Sharks

Wednesday, 12.22.2010 / 12:56 AM

Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers come up just short in loss to Sharks
Edmonton Oilers 1, San Jose Sharks 2

The Edmonton Oilers rallied late but came up just short in a 2-1 defeat to the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion in San Jose on Tuesday night. Dustin Penner scored the team's lone goal, tipping a Ryan Whitney shot with 1:59 to play.

Under the Scope

FIRST PERIOD

The first penalty of the game went to Zack Stortini 3:18 in. The Oilers forward got tangled up with Sharks netminder Antero Niittymaki in front of the San Jose net before taking him down. He was sent off for goaltender interference.

San Jose kept the play in the Oilers zone for most of the man advantage, but Edmonton was able to keep them mainly to the outside and limit any truly dangerous scoring opportunities.

The Oilers started to pick up their play in the second half of the period, as the line of Hall-Gagner-Eberle were able to get a couple of good rushes in. First, Hall attacked the net but missed the mark on his attempt and shortly thereafter Sam Gagner cut around the Sharks defence but narrowly missed on his backhand.

With less than four minutes to play in the first, each team had only three shots on goal apiece.

Jordan Eberle nearly opened the scoring with over a minute to play in the first. His shot attempt was gloved down awkwardly by Niittymaki but the rebound was cleared out of harm's way by the Sharks defender.

After one frame, shots on goal were 5-5. Three of Edmonton's shots came from Sam Gagner and two came from Eberle.

SECOND PERIOD

Tom Gilbert held up Ryane Clowe 26 seconds into the middle frame to give San Jose its second man advantage of the game.

After the penalty expired, Gilbert had a great scoring chance in the slot as he was fed by Hall. Niittymaki was able to make the stop, however.

Niclas Wallin ran some interference on Eberle with 12 and a half minutes to play in the second, putting Edmonton on its first power play of the night.

47 seconds later, Scott Nichol hauled down Gagner and was sent off for hooking, putting the Oilers on a two-man advantage.

As the five-on-three expired, Logan Couture took advantage of a turnover to break in alone on the Oilers net. However, Taylor Hall was able to chase him down but not without taking a holding penalty and ending Edmonton's man advantage.

Just as the Hall penalty expired, Khabibulin made a brilliant save on Dany Heatley. He slid across the crease and stuck out his left pad to make the save of the night so that point.

With 6:45 to play in the second, San Jose finally broke the deadlock. Ryane Clowe backhanded a pass around a sprawled-out Kurtis Foster onto the stick of Sharks leading scorer Logan Couture. Couture backhanded it past Khabibulin to make it a 1-0 game.

San Jose extended their lead to two goals three-and-a-half minutes later while on the power play. With Whitney in the box, Dan Boyle's point shot deflected off of Colin Fraser on its way to the net before bouncing past Khabibulin.

After 40, shots on goal were 22 to 14 in favour of the Sharks.

THIRD PERIOD

Midway through the third period, Edmonton started to come on with some great scoring chances. Shots were 8-5 for the Oilers in the final frame.

The best chance came on the stick of Cogliano, whose backhand chance from the top of the crease was gloved by Niittymaki.

Taylor Hall did his best to try and get the team going as the third period continued. The rookie carried the puck from the far blueline into the Sharks zone before muscling a shot in on goal, but he was denied.

With 1:59 to go, Ryan Whitney teed up a shot from the right point that made it past a screened Niittymaki after being tipped on its way to the net by Dustin Penner. Taylor Hall got the other assist.

The Oilers pressed for the equalizer but that was as close as they would get.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
13:15
SJS
Logan Couture (18) Deflected shot - ASST: Ryane Clowe (22)
1 - 0 SJS
16:43
SJS
PPG - Dan Boyle (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Marleau (14), Joe Thornton (22)
2 - 0 SJS
3rd Period
18:01
EDM
Ryan Whitney (1) Slapshot - ASST: Taylor Hall (10), Sam Gagner (13)
2 - 1 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
03:18
EDM
Zack Stortini  Interference on goalkeeper against  Antero Niittymaki
2nd Period
00:26
EDM
Tom Gilbert  Holding against  Ryane Clowe
07:19
SJS
Niclas Wallin  Interference against  Jordan Eberle
08:07
SJS
Scott Nichol  Hooking against  Sam Gagner
09:25
EDM
Taylor Hall  Holding against  Logan Couture
14:48
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Holding the stick against  Joe Pavelski
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 30TOI: 58:30
Saves: 28EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
12-3-3
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .963SH: 0 - 0