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NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Edmonton



(Thursday, April 2nd)

Final Score: San Jose 2, Edmonton 1

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Evgeni Nabokov stopped 25 shots and the San Jose Sharks matched a franchise record for most wins in a season with a 2-1 triumph over the Oilers, hurting Edmonton's chance for a playoff spot.

Jonathan Cheechoo and Dan Boyle scored for the Sharks, who widened their lead to six points over Detroit for the top spot in the Western Conference with just five games left for each team. San Jose, which has won six of its last eight games, is three points ahead of Boston for the best record in the NHL.

"I think the numbers prove it. The team that scores first goes on to win more than they lose," said Cheechoo. "We knew they were going to come out hard in the first little while, so we wanted to come out, meet the challenge and take our game to them."

San Jose matched its franchise-best 51 victories posted in 2006-07. This is also the first time in franchise history the Sharks have beaten Calgary and Edmonton in consecutive games on the same road trip.

Sam Gagner scored the lone goal for the Oilers, but all nine of their shots in the final period were stopped by Nabokov as Edmonton lost for the sixth time in seven games. The Oilers have 81 points, which is tied with Minnesota, both four points behind St. Louis for eighth in the West. Nashville is in ninth place with 84 points.

"It's disappointing," said Gagner. "The battle level and the intensity were there. The guys were working hard and creating a lot of chances. Obviously at this time it comes down to results though. It's disappointing, but at the same time we aren't out of anything yet and we have to pick ourselves up for the next game."

Dwayne Roloson made 20 stops for Edmonton, which hosts Vancouver and Los Angeles before closing its season with a home-and-home set against the Flames.

Gagner drew the Oilers within a goal with 1:42 remaining in the middle stanza. Joe Pavelski was off the ice for taking a dive, and Edmonton capitalized. Gagner's shot from the slot deflected off the stick of Sharks defenseman Christian Erhoff and the puck went high past Nabokov.

The horn sounded for a possible Edmonton goal with nearly 14 minutes remaining in the game, as the puck got behind Nabokov, but clanked off the left post before trickling away. It was the fourth time the Oilers hit a post in the game.

Roloson was pulled for the extra attacker with 1:13 remaining, and even though the Oilers pressured the offensive zone the Sharks were equal to the task.

Cheechoo gave the Sharks the lead just 52 seconds into the game on a shot from the left circle.

San Jose's Jeremy Roenick was denied on a breakaway with nearly 13 1/2 minutes remaining in the opening period, but the Sharks padded their lead 8:16 into the second. San Jose gained a power play thanks to an interference call on Denis Grebeshkov and Boyle scored on a rebound in the right circle off a shot from Pavelski.

Game Notes

Gagner has 18 points in his last 16 games...The Oilers have just one regulation win in their last seven home games...Sharks leading scorer Patrick Marleau was out due to a lower body injury...Edmonton went 1-for-5 on the power play, while San Jose was 1-for-3.

04/03 02:26:50 ET

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