NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at San Jose|
(Thursday, January 13th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, San Jose 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Taylor Hall scored a pair of goals and dished
out an assist, as the Edmonton Oilers handled the struggling San Jose Sharks,
5-2, at HP Pavilion.
Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Linus Omark also lit the lamp for the
Oilers, who snapped a five-game road skid. Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves.
Joe Thornton and Ryane Clowe scored for the Sharks, who were trying for their
first ever season-series sweep of Edmonton.
Antero Niittymaki stopped 24-of-29 shots for San Jose, which has lost six in a
row for the first time since dropping the same amount of games from March
13-21 last season.
"Right now I'm not doing a very good job," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan
said. "I have to find better buttons to push...I have to do a better job."
The Sharks got forward Joe Pavelski back after he missed the last eight
contests with a lower-body injury. But on the other end of the spectrum,
rookie forward Logan Couture sat out with a knee injury.
Cogliano opened the scoring at the 15:34 mark of the first period. Liam Reddox
controlled the puck at the top of the right circle and passed down low to
Cogliano, who beat Niittymaki with a wrister.
Penner's slapper just 3:50 into the middle stanza made it a 2-0 game.
Edmonton took a 3-0 lead on Hall's goal at the 15:36 mark. Hall found himself
on a breakaway after a San Jose defender fell on his back. His wrister snuck
through Niittymaki, and the puck trickled across the goal line. It was not
called a goal at first, but the refs overturned the call upon further review.
Thornton put the Sharks on the board at the 5:55 mark of the third. Dany
Heatley made a nice cross-ice pass to Thornton, whose wrister from the left
circle beat Dubnyk.
The Oilers went back up by three when Omark jammed home a rebound at the 9:14
Clowe's power-play goal with 48.7 seconds remaining made it 4-2, but Hall
notched an empty-net goal with 2.5 ticks to go.
"We came out real hungry tonight and made sure we had ourselves a win," Oilers
head coach Tom Renney said.
San Jose had outscored Edmonton, 12-5, in winning all three previous meetings
this season...The Sharks have lost six in a row at home...Edmonton was without
Jim Vandermeer (ankle) and Gilbert Brule (abdomen)...San Jose went 2-for-5 on
the power play, while Edmonton went 0-for-4 on the man advantage.
01/14 02:58:32 ET