NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at San Jose |
(Thursday, January 19th)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, San Jose 2 (SO)
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Smyth, who beat San Jose with a shootout
goal on November 21, slapped a backhand top shelf past Vesa Toskala for the
game-winning tally, as Edmonton claimed a 3-2 shootout victory over San Jose
at HP Pavilion.
Shawn Horcoff and Steve Staios lit the lamp in regulation for Edmonton, which
snapped a three-game skid and is unbeaten (3-0-1) in the last four meetings
between the clubs. Michael Morrison made 27 saves, including several clutch
saves in overtime.
Joe Thornton scored his 16th goal of the season and Milan Michalek also scored
for San Jose, which has lost two of its last three contests. Toskala saved 27
of 29 shots on goal and had his personal five-game winning streak halted.
"It was looking for awhile like the way the game started that we weren't going
to get anything and once we battled back it's hard in a game like that to keep
your foot on the gas without risking anything and I think in the future we've
got to keep on pushing," Sharks head coach Ron Wilson said.
Edmonton didn't completely squander its early two-goal advantage, as it was
deja vu for Smyth in the shootout.
With the shootout tied at 1-1, Smyth used his backhand to go top shelf to
Toskala's glove side to push the Oilers in front 2-1. Morrison denied the
final two San Jose opportunities, including a quick glove save on a wrister
"That's what we wanted to do is come in here and get the win," Smyth said. "We
know they're right on our tail and they're playing good."
San Jose's rally began during the early stages of the second stanza.
Thornton slapped the puck from right in front of the net past Morrison on
the stick side to cut the deficit to 2-1 at 4:17. With the goal, Thornton has
four goals and 11 assists in his last 10 games.
San Jose squared the contest at 2-2 with Michalek streaking past an opposing
defender for the tally. Along the right boards, Jonathan Cheechoo delivered a
perfect pass to Michalek, who used his speed to gain separation from an
Edmonton defender then flipped the disc over Morrison's glove at 8:05.
The Sharks spent the final two minutes of overtime with an extra skater
courtesy of Michael Peca's hooking penalty, but two point-blank shots were
denied by Morrison.
Edmonton got on the scoreboard first with Horcoff's 15th goal of the season.
Smyth took a slap shot from above the high slot and Horcoff deflected it past
Toskala at 8:21 of the first stanza.
The lead grew to 2-0 as Staios received the puck from Jarret Stoll just beyond
the left circle and fired a slapshot past Morrison with 9:04 remaining in the
San Jose fell to 13-4-4 at home this season...Edmonton improved to 14-8-3 on
the road...Cheechoo extended his point streak to 10 games...San Jose has still
won six of its last six games...Attendance was 15,683.
01/20 02:10:54 ET