San Jose Sharks Tuesday game wrap: Boedker’s hat trick paces Sharks over Oilers 5-3

January 11, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks’ Mikkel Boedker (89) is chased by Edmonton Oilers’ Kris Russell (4) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

By: Eric He

Mikkel Boedker hasn’t had many positive moments in a Sharks uniform, even sitting in head coach Pete DeBoer’s doghouse as of late as a healthy scratch.

Well, he played on Tuesday night against Edmonton, and he delivered with a hat trick in a 5-3 Sharks’ road win over the Oilers.

Boedker netted three of the Sharks’ first four goals to help San Jose stake out a 4-1 lead after two periods. Edmonton closed the gap to 4-3 less than four minutes into the third, but Logan Couture’s breakaway goal at 5:06 gave the Sharks a two-goal lead again that they held onto.

Boedker found the back of the net less than two minutes into the game, punching in a rebound into a wide-open net. After the Oilers evened it up, Brent Burns gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead going into the second period with a wicked wrist shot from the point. “Well, you play a game, and you go to the areas that they come,” Boedker said. “A game like that, when you score your first shift, you’re going to feel good the whole game. They came my way today, and it was three good goals.”

The second period was all San Jose — or, to be more precise — all Boedker. He cleaned up a loose puck to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead, and then extended the advantage to three goals with a tip-in off a shot from the point by Marc-Edouard Vlasic. San Jose head coach Peter DeBoer said Marc-Edouard Vlasic was also key who helped out on defense “He was outstanding. We probably don’t win without him,” DeBoer said. “Sit for as long as he did, played 25 minutes, blocked shots, two assists. He’s a real important piece for us, obviously. It’s nice to have him back there.”

The Sharks wound up being outshot 36-28 by the Oilers, but held on for their second straight win. Martin Jones made 33 saves while the Sharks blocked 25 shots.

San Jose heads to Calgary to play the Flames on Wednesday in the back-end of a back-to-back.

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