NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Edmonton
(Thursday, October 12th)
Final Score: Edmonton 6, San Jose 4
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ryan Smyth scored his fifth-career hat trick in a span of 2:01 to lead the Edmonton Oilers over the San Jose Sharks, 6-4, at Rexall Place.
Patrick Thoresen, Joffrey Lupul and Ales Hemsky also scored for the Oilers, who have won two of three. Steve Staios and Petr Sykora each added a pair of assists. Dwayne Roloson blocked 19-of-23 shots.
Jonathan Cheechoo got his sixth-career hat trick for the Sharks, who won the first three games of the season for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign and fell one short of getting their first 4-0 start in team history.
Joe Thornton added three assists and Milan Michalek scored the other goal before the Sharks fell apart in the third period. Evgeni Nabokov blocked 26- of-32 shots.
Trailing 4-2, Smyth reeled off three straight goals in the third period to give Edmonton a 5-4 lead.
With the Oilers on a two-man advantage, Smyth deflected the puck stick side into the net 4:05 into the third period. He then floated a slap shot from the point over Nabokov's shoulder 14 seconds later for his 500th NHL point. Smyth next wristed the go-ahead goal from the bottom of the face-off circle to the right side 6:06 into the final period.
Edmonton then padded its lead on a break-away wrister scored by Hemsky with just under five minutes to play.
Thoresen scored a wrister 3:20 into the first, but Cheechoo followed with a snap shot 6:45 into the period and a slap shot on the power play 1:36 later for a 2-1 Sharks lead. The Sharks took a 3-1 lead 6:52 into the second as Cheechoo scored a wrister on the power play for his third goal.
The Sharks scored again on the power play when Michalek scored with just a tick under nine minutes into the period.
Edmonton got going again at the 12-minute mark, however, as Lupul scored on a wrister for a 4-2 deficit, and lit the spark for the go-ahead four-goal Oilers third period.
Smyth's hat trick in 2:01 was the fastest three goals scored by one player in Oilers history, passing Wayne Gretzky's record (1981) against St. Louis in 2:18 seconds...The Oilers won three of four encounters with the Sharks last season and were 2-0 in Edmonton.
10/13 01:21:17 ET