San Jose Sharks Thursday game wrap: Oilers leap frog over Sharks with three straight goal comeback 3-2; SJ’s 8th loss out of 9

March 30, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

(Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ Edmonton used three straight goals to win a tiebreaking game over San Jose Thursday, 3-2.

The Oilers now sit one point behind the Anaheim Ducks, despite the Sharks peppering goalie Cam Talbot with 40 shots. It was the most he faced since January 20.

A second period unsuccessful 2-0 breakaway would loom large for San Jose after the game. It was the fourth straight game Sharks’ opponents strung together three goals as Edmonton won their fourth straight.

Patrick Maroon’s two goals and Connor McDavid shorthanded goal and assist contributed to the Oilers’ three goal stretch. 5-0

San Jose started each period well. It was especially clear when Jannik Hansen made it 1-0 in the first again, but this time at 1:01. The Sharks’ only lead lasted until 10:22.

Then, Edmonton’s comeback started with Talbot who sent the puck up the ice off the boards to Leon Draisaitl, McDavid and then Maroon. The Oilers used a controlled zigzag to maneuver around San Jose.

The tie lasted until the tides took a twisted turn. The Sharks killed off a penalty at 16:26. 10 seconds later, they got a power play. Almost halfway through though, despite Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Patrick Marleau’s sticks, McDavid was unstoppable as he sped straight to the net from the blue line. It was his first career shorthanded goal.

San Jose outshot Edmonton 14-6 in a scoreless second period. The Sharks’ Patrick Marleau’s breakaway shot went wide and the Oilers had a shot hit the goalpost.

Maroon matched McDavid with two points as he stood alone to deflect Kris Russell’s shot. The game winner came at 7:51 of the third.

Down but not out, Pavelski, San Jose’s player best known for his tips, batted in Vlasic’s shot at 13:59. Hansen, with the second assist, completed a Gordie Howe hat trick.

The Sharks had three more shots and three others blocked before the buzzer.

Game notes: San Jose ends March on a back-to-back against the Calgary Flames Friday at 6pm.


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