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game recap

Sharks 4, Oilers 3

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:36 PM

Associated Press

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Sharks 4, Oilers 3
San Jose Sharks 4, Edmonton Oilers 3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Dany Heatley and the San Jose Sharks took advantage of a timely game against the Edmonton Oilers for a rare road victory.

Heatley had two goals and an assist and San Jose held off Edmonton 4-3 on Saturday night.

Benn Ferriero and Joe Pavelski also scored for San Jose. The Sharks are 11-7-4 overall and 4-4-2 on the road after winning for the first time away from San Jose since beating Edmonton on Oct. 23.

"Any win is important for our team right now, but obviously we hadn't won since we had been here a few weeks ago," coach Todd McLellan said. "The way we won is probably more important than the win itself."

San Jose was down to four defencemen for most of the game with Niclas Wallin going down early in the first period and Kent Huskins joining him in the dressing room late in the opening frame, forcing the Sharks to buckle down and play the kind of hockey that McLellan has been looking for.

"All of a sudden we didn't turn the puck over," McLellan said. "All of a sudden we didn't give up too many outnumbered rushes. All of a sudden we won a lot more faceoff battles. It's funny how the game changes when you have to play it the right way. They raised the bar and have proven to each other that they can do it. Now they have to choose to do it all the time."

Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff and Jim Vandermeer scored for Edmonton. The Oilers have lost eight of their last 10 games to drop to 6-12-4.

"We can take some solace that we battled and came back," rookie Taylor Hall said. "A three-goal lead, a lot of teams, us included, have given up and thrown in the towel at that point. But we didn't give up and made it interesting in the end."

It only took the Sharks 1:10 to open the scoring. Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk was able to make a pad save on a shot by Justin Braun, but Ferriero was left untouched to backhand in the rebound.

It was the first goal of the season for Ferriero, who was called up from San Jose's AHL affiliate in Worcester, Mass., for the game.

Edmonton was able to even just 3 minutes later on a power play. Gagner made a nice move on Braun to get a backhand shot on Sharks starter Antero Niittymaki and then shoveled home his own rebound.

The Sharks regained the lead 2 minutes into the second period on a power play. Joe Thornton spotted Heatley poised to unleash a slap shot and he blew his 10th of the season past Dubnyk to make it 2-1.

San Jose took a two-goal lead with 3 minutes left in the second on Heatley's second goal. He banked a backhand shot from behind the net off Dubnyk's heel.

"I thought we were able to get through a little bit of adversity tonight with going down to four defensemen so early," Heatley said. "I thought the whole team did a good job of dealing with that and playing the way we can play."

The Sharks gave themselves a three-goal cushion midway through the third when the Oilers turned it over deep in their zone and Patrick Marleau nudged the puck to Pavelski, who beat Dubnyk high to the glove side.

Edmonton made a game of it with two goals less than a minute apart with 7 minutes to play.

Niittymaki made a save on Jordan Eberle's shot, but Horcoff was there to send the big rebound into the net. It was suddenly 4-3 when Vandermeer scored 57 seconds later on a long blast from the point.

NOTES: Edmonton forward Dustin Penner earned his 100th NHL assist. ... It was the second of four meetings between the teams this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:10
SJS
Benn Ferriero (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Logan Couture (5), Justin Braun (1)
1 - 0 SJS
03:55
EDM
PPG - Sam Gagner (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Dustin Penner (6)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
02:06
SJS
PPG - Dany Heatley (10) Slapshot - ASST: Joe Thornton (15), Dan Boyle (15)
2 - 1 SJS
17:04
SJS
Dany Heatley (11) Deflected shot - ASST: Justin Braun (2), Joe Thornton (16)
3 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
09:02
SJS
Joe Pavelski (8) Snap shot - ASST: Patrick Marleau (11), Dany Heatley (13)
4 - 1 SJS
12:39
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (7) Snap shot - ASST: Jordan Eberle (10), Ryan Whitney (18)
4 - 2 SJS
13:36
EDM
Jim Vandermeer (1) Slapshot - ASST: Sam Gagner (7)
4 - 3 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
02:43
EDM
Colin Fraser  Roughing against  John McCarthy
02:43
SJS
John McCarthy  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
03:27
SJS
Douglas Murray  Tripping against  Jordan Eberle
2nd Period
00:42
EDM
Taylor Hall  Boarding against  Joe Thornton
03:31
EDM
Ryan Jones  Hi-sticking against  Patrick Marleau
14:08
SJS
Tommy Wingels  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
09:32
EDM
Kurtis Foster  Hooking against  Torrey Mitchell
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 25TOI: 59:54
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .880SH: 1 - 1
Devan Dubnyk
Devan Dubnyk
1-2-3
SA: 25TOI: 59:00
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0