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game recap

Oilers slay Sharks 5-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers slay Sharks 5-2
Edmonton Oilers 5, San Jose Sharks 2

Thanks to stellar goaltending from Devan Dubnyk and key offensive contributions from their top line, the Oilers overcame a 43-29 shot deficit to defeat the Sharks 5-2 Thursday night. Taylor Hall led the team with two goals (including an empty-netter), his linemate Ales Hemsky tallied four assists, and Dubnyk finished with 41 saves for the win.

Under the Scope

FIRST PERIOD

The Oilers and Sharks battled shot-for-shot through the game's first six minutes, paving the way for a shot-for-shot battle between Theo Peckham and Ryane Clowe. Five-minute fighting majors were assessed.

Before Peckham and Clowe completed their sentences, Ladislav Smid and Jamie McGinn scuffled in Dubnyk's crease, took roughing minors, and joined their teammates in the penalty boxes. San Jose assumed a 9-4 shot lead on the resulting four-on-four, but Dubnyk kept it scoreless.

Edmonton fought back to even the attempts and, on their ninth shot, scored the first goal of the game. On the right side, Liam Reddox stole the puck and fed it to Andrew Cogliano, who cut to the net uninpeded and fired top-shelf on Antero Niittymaki.

With 1:38 remaining in the period, Hemsky was called for hooking and the Sharks benefited from the game's first power-play. The Oilers killed the remaining time and carried their one-goal lead and 22-second one-man-disadvantage into the second period.

SECOND PERIOD

The Oilers outlasted the remainder of the Hemsky's penalty and, four minutes later, converted that solid defending into more offense. With help from linemates Hemsky and Hall, Dustin Penner got the puck above the left face-off circle and slapped it inside Niittymaki's far post to set the score 2-0 Oilers.

Following the goal, San Jose's Niclas Wallin was called for hooking, but Edmonton couldn't add another one on the resulting power-play. 

The Sharks swarmed in the latter half of the frame, keeping Dubnyk scrambling to preserve the two-goal cushion. With just over four minutes remaining on the clock, the Oil regained possession with Hall at the helm. Aided by Wallin's wipe-out, the rookie coasted in on Niittymaki and let loose with a wrister. The goalie lost the puck in his jersey, and as he fell backwards, it tumbled loose and across the line. The Oilers went up 3-0.

48 seconds after the goal, Edmonton was assessed the first of two consecutive penalties. San Jose topped 28 shots on the power-plays, but Dubnyk was exceptional and continued to frustrate the hometown snipers and their fans.

THIRD PERIOD

Hemsky came within inches of making it 4-0 three minutes into the third, but his partial-break backhander deflected off the post.

Soon a fifth Oilers penalty put the visitors back on their heels and the Sharks capitalized. With 14 minutes remaining in regulation, Joe Thornton concluded a three-on-two with a pretty wrister that Dubnyk couldn't snag. The goal, San Jose's first on 39 shots, set the score 3-1.

The power-play tables quickly turned, however. Near the seven-minute mark, the Sharks took two penalties in succession, offering the Oil a two-man-advantage for 1:56. Although Niittymaki was perfect in the intense five-on-three, he couldn't keep it up as Edmonton continued to press, resulting in a gritty goal from rookie Linus Omark.

Shortly after San Jose topped 40 shots, Omark took his third consecutive penalty to offer the Sharks their fifth power-play. The home team pounced and quickly got the puck into the net, but because Dubnyk had two players laying on top of him, the goal was disallowed.

Niittymaki skated to the bench in the final minute, and six Sharks skaters produced a second home power-play goal shortly thereafter. But with the empty net, Hall soon got that one back and the Oilers came out with a 5-2 win Thursday night.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:34
EDM
Andrew Cogliano (5) ASST: Liam Reddox (3)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
03:50
EDM
Dustin Penner (13) ASST: Ales Hemsky (16), Taylor Hall (12)
2 - 0 EDM
15:36
EDM
Taylor Hall (13) ASST: Ales Hemsky (17), Tom Gilbert (9)
3 - 0 EDM
3rd Period
05:55
SJS
PPG - Joe Thornton (11) ASST: Dany Heatley (23), Patrick Marleau (16)
3 - 1 EDM
09:14
EDM
Linus Omark (2) ASST: Ales Hemsky (18), Magnus Paajarvi (11)
4 - 1 EDM
19:11
SJS
PPG - Ryane Clowe (12) ASST: Joe Thornton (28), Dany Heatley (24)
4 - 2 EDM
19:57
EDM
EN - Taylor Hall (14) ASST: Ales Hemsky (19)
5 - 2 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
06:38
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Fighting (maj) against  Theo Peckham
06:38
EDM
Theo Peckham  Fighting (maj) against  Ryane Clowe
09:29
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Roughing against  Jamie McGinn
09:29
SJS
Jamie McGinn  Roughing against  Ladislav Smid
18:22
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Hooking against  Joe Thornton
2nd Period
05:26
SJS
Niclas Wallin  Hooking against  Sam Gagner
16:12
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Interference against  Devin Setoguchi
18:41
EDM
Linus Omark  Hi-sticking against  Jamie McGinn
3rd Period
04:45
EDM
Linus Omark  Hooking against  Douglas Murray
07:04
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Holding against  Magnus Paajarvi
07:09
SJS
Kent Huskins  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:01
SJS
Jamal Mayers  Interference on goalkeeper against  Devan Dubnyk
17:37
EDM
Linus Omark  Hi-sticking against  Dany Heatley
goalie stats
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 43TOI: 60:00
Saves: 41EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .953SH: 1 - 1
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
12-6-3
SA: 28TOI: 58:39
Saves: 24EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1