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Oilers 2, Sharks 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

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Oilers 2, Sharks 1, SO
Edmonton Oilers 2, San Jose Sharks 1

Oilers Defeat Sharks, 2-1, in a Shootout

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The streak is over. After putting together a franchise record 11-consecutive wins, the Sharks were defeated by the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 (SO) at HP Pavilion on Sunday night.

San Jose was led by Captain Patrick Marleau, who netted a power-play goal in the first period, then kept the Sharks in the shootout by scoring on his third-round attempt. However, the Sharks offense couldn't solve Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who turned aside 48 shots on the night.

Since opening the season with a 3-2 shootout loss in Edmonton on October 4, the Sharks had split the past two games against the Oilers with a 3-0 win on January 29 and a 3-2 loss on February 14.

The big first period highlight in the early going was a crushing hit by Douglas Murray on Ladislav Smid 3:36 into the contest.

Successive minors to the Oilers provided San Jose with 39 seconds of five-on-three time late in the period and Team Teal made them pay. After a Brian Campbell shot rang off the post, San Jose regained possession and worked the puck to Pavelski at the point. “Little Joe” uncorked a bomb that Roloson got a piece of, but not enough as it careened off Marleau's skate and trickled across the line.

San Jose outshot Edmonton 19-6 in the first and took the 1-0 lead to the intermission.

The Sharks were in full attack mode to begin the second, led by Jonathan Cheechoo with two attempts on the doorstep that Roloson somehow snagged. Midway through the contest, San Jose was outshooting Edmonton 32-9, but it was still just the 1-0 lead.

Edmonton would strike for the tying tally when matching minors to Craig Rivet and Jody Shelley put San Jose down a man for two full minutes late in the second. The Oilers would not need that long to connect when Alex Hemsky blasted a shot that was tipped out front, letting it slide by Nabokov. The Sharks were able to kill off the second minor.

Edmonton looked to make it 2-1 when a Sharks turnover provided Dustin Penner the puck along down low, but Nabokov make an excellent poke check to prevent a shot from happening.
Despite outshooting Edmonton 35-12 through forty minutes, San Jose would be looking to retake the lead in the third.

Oilers right wing Zack Stortini and Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo battle for the puck on March 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
In the third period, the ice began tilting a little in the direction of Nabokov. However, even when Edmonton was given the period’s first power play, they could not find the go-ahead goal.

San Jose was awarded a power play with just under seven left in regulation, but came up empty themselves. Their hard work was rewarded though as Edmonton was whistled again just as even strength play resumed. That effort too was turned back and it looked as if the game would head to the extra session.

Then Roloson made the mistake of handling the puck outside the trapezoid area and the Sharks would finish regulation up a man. The tally didn’t come, but Team Teal would have 31 seconds of four-on-three time to start overtime.

Marleau, Thornton, Setoguchi and Campbell were sent out as the Sharks top line in overtime, but the quartet couldn't convert with half-a-minute of power play time. Thornton had the Sharks greatest scoring opportunity after a poor change by Edmonton left the center on a two-on-zero alongside Campbell with 1:45 seconds remaining. Thornton's shot was turned aside and the Oilers and Sharks were headed for shootouts.

The Sharks got off to a rough start with both Pavelski and Roenick being turned aside by Roloson. Edmonton's Robert Nilsson netted a wrist shot over Nabokov's right blocker on the Oilers first attempt, but when Sam Gagner had the chance to win it on Edmonton's second attempt, the center hit the post and kept San Jose in the game.

Marleau was third to shoot for San Jose and the captain placed a wrist shot over Roloson's right blocker. The Sharks were back in it.

With the game in hand, Ales Hemsky fired his shot wide and the shootout stayed tied 1-1.

The fourth round of shooters started with Cheechoo and the Sharks right wing was denied by a glove stop by Roloson. Edmonton sent out Fernando Pisani and his wrist shot snuck past Nabokov to give Edmonton the 2-1 (SO) victory.

Michalek - Thornton - Cheechoo
Pavelski - Marleau - Setoguchi
Rissmiller - Mitchell - Grier
Shelley - Goc - Roenick

Murray - Campbell
Vlasic - Ehrhoff
Rivet - McLaren

Nabokov - Boucher

The Sharks 11-game win streak was the longest single-season streak in the NHL since New Jersey won 11-consecutive games from March 28 - April 18, 2006. The next most recent streak is also New Jersey, who won 13 games from Feb. 26 through March 23, 2001.


The Sharks will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Kings on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 PM. The game will be broadcast on FSN+ and then joined in progress on FSN Bay Area following the conclusion of the Warriors game. Fans can also tune in to 98.5 KFOX FM, Sharks Radio affiliates and

From the AP Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Dwayne Roloson's last two saves might have been his best. In the waning seconds of overtime, the Edmonton goalie adroitly deflected Joe Thornton's breakaway shot with his blocker, then calmly gloved Brian Campbell's unobstructed try from close range moments later.

Campbell flipped his stick away in disgust, more like a hack golfer infuriated by his 9-iron than an All-Star defenseman. Nothing was getting past Roloson on Sunday night - certainly not the Sharks' shots, and not their 11-game winning streak, either.

Roloson made 48 saves and capped his impeccable effort with three more stops in the shootout, leading the Oilers to a 2-1 victory over surging San Jose.

Ales Hemsky scored in regulation and Fernando Pisani got the decisive shootout goal for the Oilers, who won for the fifth time in six games on the shoulders of their well-rested backup goalie. Roloson, who was similarly sharp when he led Edmonton past San Jose in the 2006 playoffs, won his second start in two days after six weeks of mop-up duty behind Mathieu Garon.

"It was no different than any other day," claimed Roloson, who won at Phoenix one night earlier in his first start since Feb. 1. "I basically try to help my guys win. I can't control what the coaching staff says about who's playing. ... I was able to see most of their shots. Some I didn't see, and I got lucky. I was in position, and that was key."

Robert Nilsson also scored in the shootout for Edmonton, while Patrick Marleau managed the Sharks' only goal in four tries. San Jose, which hadn't lost since Feb. 20 during the longest winning streak in franchise history, couldn't get anything past Roloson after Marleau's first-period goal during a two-man advantage.

"We had probably more chances than I can remember, and he made a ton of saves," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "Glove saves, stretch saves, split saves. He just had one of those nights. You thought he might be a little tired, but he hasn't played in about a month. We did a lot of things, but he robbed us."

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 21 shots for the Sharks, who hope Roloson didn't steal the momentum that has carried them to the NHL's second-best record. San Jose is just six points shy of clinching a playoff berth after launching a season-high 49 shots - one shy of the club record.

"We played well, and we created a lot of chances," said Jonathan Cheechoo, who had seven shots. "We just didn't create enough traffic in front of him, and I know I didn't convert a couple of good rebounds. Any goalie that sees the puck is going to stop it."

After scoring four first-period goals against St. Louis on Friday, San Jose dominated the opening minutes yet again and had 32 shots midway through the game. But the Sharks committed their first two penalties simultaneously, with Jody Shelley following Craig Rivet into the box on a foolish roughing penalty, and Hemsky scored his career-best 20th goal.

Roloson led the Oilers as they killed three penalties in the final seven minutes of regulation, and he stopped Thornton and Campbell on their golden chances in OT.

"I think I've seen him at that level before, but I've never seen him better than he was tonight," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish, whose club still is in the playoff race in 11th place, five points behind eighth-place Vancouver. "I'm really happy for him. I think that save he made on Thornton's overtime breakaway was his best of the night."

The Sharks' streak began in Philadelphia on Feb. 21, when they got the first of five consecutive road wins to end an eight-game trip. San Jose then won three home games and picked up three more road victories, adding to the NHL's best road record at 25-8-3.

The streak propelled the Sharks to the No. 2 overall spot in the league standings, past East-leading New Jersey and behind only the Detroit Red Wings. San Jose also shot past Pacific Division rivals Anaheim and Dallas, who had led the competitive three-team race for most of the season.

The Sharks are just three points ahead of the Ducks, who visit San Jose on Friday, and four in front of the Stars with games in hand on both foes. San Jose meets each of its four division opponents twice in the season's final 10 games, including three games against NHL-worst Los Angeles.

Notes: Sharks D Matt Carle was a healthy scratch for the seventh straight game. Former All-Star D Sandis Ozolinsh has been a healthy scratch for every game in the past month. ... Edmonton LW Geoff Sanderson missed his sixth straight game with a back injury. ... San Jose has just two goals in its last five periods.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Patrick Marleau (16) ASST: Joe Pavelski (14), Brian Campbell (47)
1 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
PPG - Ales Hemsky (20) ASST: Robert Nilsson (26), Sam Gagner (33)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
1J. PavelskiR. Nilsson
2J. RoenickS. Gagner
3P. MarleauA. Hemsky
4J. CheechooF. Pisani
penalty summary
1st Period
Sam Gagner  Hooking against  Brian Campbell
Jarret Stoll  Slashing against  Jonathan Cheechoo
2nd Period
Jarret Stoll  Slashing against  Devin Setoguchi
Craig Rivet  Holding against  Zack Stortini
Jody Shelley  Roughing against  Zack Stortini
3rd Period
Milan Michalek  Closing hand on puck
Tom Gilbert  Tripping against  Devin Setoguchi
Jarret Stoll  Hooking against  Milan Michalek
Dwayne Roloson  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
OT Period
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 49TOI: 65:00
Saves: 48EV: 38 - 38
PIM: 2PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .980SH: 0 - 0
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 23TOI: 64:50
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .957SH: 1 - 1
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