NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Edmonton|
(Monday, March 12th)
Final Score: San Jose 3, Edmonton 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Logan Couture's early third-period goal proved
to be the difference, as the San Jose Sharks picked up their first win in
March by beating Edmonton Monday, 3-2.
Torrey Mitchell and Joe Thornton also tallied for San Jose, which opened the
month 0-3-2. The Sharks closed out February with a 1-0 victory against
Antti Niemi turned aside 20 Edmonton shots.
With the win, the Sharks moved into ninth place in the jumbled Western
Conference standings. They are one point ahead of both Calgary and Los Angeles
and one point behind Colorado in the race for the postseason. San Jose has
three games in hand over the Avalanche.
Taylor Hall and Ryan Whitney scored for the Oilers, who have lost five
straight at home. Devan Dubnyk stopped 30 shots in defeat.
"Right now, it just seems like we're a little tentative...you're not really
getting anything done offensively," said Edmonton captain Shawn Horcoff. The
Oilers have dropped seven of nine overall.
Couture's decisive tally came on a power play 38 seconds into the third. San
Jose opened the period with the man advantage and Couture got a piece of Dan
Boyle's one-timer from the point.
San Jose head coach Todd McLellan talked about how his team secured the two
"They managed the puck properly, we didn't give up much in and around our net.
We played the way we're supposed to play," he said.
The teams traded goals in the first and second periods.
San Jose got on the board when Mitchell pounced on a loose puck in the crease
67 seconds after the game's opening faceoff.
These teams met last Tuesday in San Jose and it was the Oilers who got off to
the quick start as Jordan Eberle took advantage of a misplay by Boyle and
batted the puck out of the air for a goal 10 seconds into the game.
With 49.8 seconds remaining and the teams skating 4-on-4, Whitney beat Niemi
on the glove side with a blast from the face-off circle.
In the middle frame, Thornton put San Jose back on top by sweeping in a feed
from Patrick Marleau for a power-play goal at 11:36.
Hall responded 3:18 later for the Oilers. The sophomore winger blocked a shot
at his own blue line and used his tremendous speed to retrieve the puck. Once
he chased it down in the San Jose zone, he snapped a low shot past Niemi.
The Sharks had lost eight of nine on the road...Oilers defenseman Ladislav
Smid played in his 400th career game...Edmonton opened a four-game homestand.
03/13 01:57:48 ET