NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at San Jose
(Sunday, March 21st)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, San Jose 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Marc-Andre Bergeron scored twice to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion.
Cory Cross, Jason Smith and Eric Brewer also scored, as all five Edmonton goals were tallied by defensemen. The Oilers have won four in a row and pulled within one point of St. Louis for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Jussi Markkanen made 32 saves for Edmonton, which has vaulted into the thick of the playoff race thanks to a 7-0-2-3 run.
"There is no better timing than right now," said Cross of the streak. "Every game is so important right now for us. We are playing with a lot of confidence right now, and that is something we lacked from the end of November through the last few months."
Patrick Marleau and Kyle McLaren scored for San Jose, which had a two-game winning streak stopped and lost for the first time in six games (4-1-1).
Evgeni Nabokov made just 22 saves in defeat.
"The puck found a way of getting in and their goalie was better than our goalie," said Sharks head coach Ron Wilson. "That's the bottom line. We had a lot of scoring chances."
The Oilers took the lead for good at 3-2 with 8:01 to play in the second period, as Smith scored while shorthanded.
Mike York raced down the left wing with a 3-on-2 break and dropped a pass for a trailing Smith at the top of the left circle. Smith glided in and picked a spot, beating Nabokov through the five-hole for his seventh goal.
Edmonton sealed it with a pair of goals in the third period.
Brewer blasted a one-timer from the center point past Nabokov at the 3:19 mark and Bergeron scored his second of the game midway through the period on a power play, backhanding home the rebound of a Petr Nedved shot.
Markkanen kept San Jose off the board in the third period with 10 saves.
"There weren't many guys that weren't on top of their game tonight," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said.
Cross gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead just 3:12 into the contest with a blast from the blue line, scoring his seventh of the season.
San Jose had a goal waived off as a penalty was about to be called against Edmonton. The Sharks then scored on the ensuing power play midway through the opening period when Marleau knocked in the rebound of a Jonathan Cheechoo shot for his 28th goal.
Edmonton went back on top just 1:56 before the end of the period. Nedved won a faceoff in the right circle and got the puck back to the point for Bergeron, who skated to the top of the left circle and beat Nabokov through the five- hole.
The Sharks tied it while shorthanded at 8:29 of the second when McLaren scored his second of the season on a shot from the left boards.
Each team was 1-for-4 on the power play...Edmonton won at San Jose for the first time in its last eight tries (1-4-3)...Marleau tied his career high of 28 goals set during the 2002-03 season...The Sharks fell to 0-15-4-3 when trailing after two periods...Edmonton improved to 21-0-1-2 when leading after two periods...The Oilers won the season series, 2-1-1.
03/21 23:56:30 ET