NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at San Jose
(Tuesday, February 17th)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Edmonton 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau scored two goals to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at HP Pavilion.
Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who won for only the second time in their last eight games (2-2-4). Evgeni Nabokov allowed two goals on 26 shots in the victory. San Jose leads the Western Conference with 85 points and will host the Kings on Thursday.
Zack Stortini and Erik Cole scored for Edmonton, which saw its three-game win streak halted. Dwayne Roloson made 27 saves in the loss.
Pavelski's wrist shot from the slot opened the scoring midway through the first period, but the Oilers tied the score soon after at the 12:18 mark. A scramble in front of the net ensued after a save was by made by Nabokov, and the puck was eventually lifted over the netminder and across the goal line by the backhand of Stortini from the top of the crease.
A fluke goal for the Oilers while Edmonton was skating on the power play led to a 2-1 score. Sheldon Sourray sent in a routine dump-in from the left side of the neutral zone, and Nabokov skated toward the rear boards in an effort to stop the puck for his defenseman to play it. However, as the puck circled behind the net, it took a strange bounce off the rear glass and caromed directly into the slot, where Cole was in the right place at the right time and easily scored into the open net as Nabokov was nowhere near the crease.
In the second stanza, the Sharks took control of the contest with three goals, two of which were scored by the captain Marleau.
First, at the 1:48 mark, Marleau was sprung on a clean breakaway after a pass by Jonathan Cheechoo and he lit the lamp for a 2-2 tie.
Less than four minutes later, a short-handed tally by Marleau put the Sharks ahead. Despite skating 4-on-5, the Sharks used their speed and Mike Grier streaked down the right-wing side on a 2-on-1 with Marleau. A perfect cross- ice pass by Grier found Marleau's stick at the left post for a redirection tally at 5:43.
Thornton's rebound tally from the slot inside the final minute of the stanza sent the Sharks into the second intermission with a two-goal edge.
San Jose improved to 24-2-3 at home this season...Prior to this game, the Oilers had won three straight tilts in San Jose...Pavelski has 17 goals this season...The Sharks were 0-for-4 on the power play, and the Oilers were 1- for-6 with the extra skater...Marleau has 32 goals and Thornton 14.
02/18 01:23:40 ET