NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at San Jose
(Wednesday, January 10th)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, San Jose 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Marc-Andre Bergeron and Jarret Stoll each had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers hung on to beat the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, at HP Pavilion.
Mathieu Roy also scored for the Oilers, who have won two straight. Ales Hemsky added a pair of assists, and Dwayne Roloson stopped 32-of-34 shots manning the pipes.
"It was a wild one," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We were pretty precise on our passing on the power play and got off to a lead and we defended pretty well."
Marcel Goc and Jonathan Cheechoo tallied for the Sharks, who had a three-game winning streak halted. Evgeni Nabokov was tested just 16 times, surrendering three goals in a losing effort.
"It's hard to believe that you spend as much time as you do in the offensive zone, and that more penalties weren't called on them," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "One point it was 7 to 0, and the shots were 20-6 or 7, every time they came to in our end, it was deemed a penalty."
The Oilers went on the power play just over a minute in, as Cheechoo was whistled for tripping. Bergeron quickly capitalized, as he ripped a slapshot that beat Nabokov up high for the 1-0 lead at 1:35.
Ryane Clowe and Matt Green then dropped the gloves about five minutes later, with neither man holding the advantage until Clowe landed an uppercut before taking Green to the ice. The fisticuffs seemed to work in Edmonton's favor, however, as it tallied the next two scores to grab a 3-1 lead.
The first came as Roy unleashed a 59-foot slapshot on a screened Nabokov to notch his first career NHL goal at 10:43. Several members of the San Jose bench protested that left winger Mark Bell was held up while racing to cover the point, but the officials never called a penalty.
Just 29 seconds later, Sharks defenseman Doug Murray was sent to the box for holding, and the Oilers once again worked the man-advantage in their favor. Right off the draw in the offensive zone, Stoll scored on a slapshot from just inside the left circle to increase the margin to 3-0.
The Sharks finally scratched the scoreboard at 12:44, as Goc took a shot from the right side of the crease that breezed past Roloson to close the gap to two in the final score of the period.
Both teams skated to a scoreless second stanza, with San Jose once again holding the edge in shots on goal, despite having to kill off a four-minute Edmonton power play.
The Sharks also had a goal disallowed, as the puck appeared to sneak past Roloson with 8:30 remaining. The official, however, had blown the play dead, believing the puck was already covered.
A San Jose power play marker, just moments after a five-on-three advantage ended, made it a 3-2 game in the third. Joe Pavelski and Bergeron swarmed the crease and appeared to knock down Roloson, while at least three other players were fighting for space. Cheechoo finally saw an opening, moved in and sent a backhander through traffic at 2:41.
With 12:42 remaining, San Jose was once again on the power play with a chance to tie, but Edmonton killed off the two minute minor.
Roloson was peppered with nearly 3:40 to play, but turned aside three consecutive shots, with the Sharks, unable to put the puck into a wide open net. A late penalty call on Josh Gorges eventually sealed the team's fate.
The Oilers finished 2-for-9 on the power play, while San Jose was 1- for-4...Roy was playing in just his fourth career NHL game...The Sharks are 15-8-0 at home this season...The Oilers improved to 8-11-2 on the road.
01/11 02:21:44 ET