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
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
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
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