Sharks Let Two Goals Lead Slip Away, Face Elimination After Oilers Take Game Five 4-3 in OT.

April 20, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones kneels on the ice as Edmonton Oilers’ David Desharnais celebrates his game-winning goal during overtime of Game 5 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Oilers won 4-3. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

By Matthew T.F. Harrington

The San Jose Sharks now face a must-win game Six Saturday night after falling to the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in overtime Thursday Night. David Desharnais scored the game-winner with 1:45 left in the extra session to give Edmonton their third win in the best of seven series and the Oilers erased a 3-1 deficit, scoring 3 unanswered goals to shift pressure from their shoulders to the Sharks.

Martin Jones was brilliant in net with the Sharks scuffling to mount any offensive pressure over the final period and overtime. The San Jose netminder made 7 saves in the third and an astounding 13 in overtime to keep the Sharks in the game. Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Marleau and David Schlemko scored for the Sharks.

Patrick Maroon staked the Oilers to a 1-0 lead 5:28 into the first, but Boedker finished off a tic-tac-toe play from Chris Tierney and Marcus Sorensen just under five minutes later to tie the game. Boedker had been scratched the previous two games but had a solid game after returning to the lineup with a goal and an assist. Patrick Marleau scored with 4:08 left in the first to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead.

Playing in his hometown in front of family and friends, David Schlemko scored what at the time was an insurance goal for the Sharks 8:38 into the second after his point shot beat Cam Talbot. A failed penalty kill would lead to Edmonton cutting into the lead though.

With just one second remaining in a Timo Meier holding minor, Brent Burns appeared to have a chance to clear the puck. Instead, his backhander went up over the glass for a delay of game. After some puck movement, Mark Letestu was able to put the puck behind Jones to pull Edmonton within one with 1:27 left in the second.

The Sharks offense began to stall as the second expired. After firing 16 shots on Talbot in the first, they’d muster only 5 in the 2nd. In the third, they fired 7, though none were grade-A chances. The Oilers held most of the possession for the final period, so when Oskar Klefbom netted his second goal of the series on a point rocket with 2:46 left in regulation to tie the game few were surprised.

The Sharks continued to chase the puck into overtime, but Edmonton couldn’t make them pay with Jones standing on his head making numerous save of the year candidates. Ultimately, Desharnais would slip underneath Tomas Hertl, skating unimpeded to the net with a clear passing lane given to Leon Draisaitl. Draisaitl, who was fined but not suspended for his spear in game 4, put the puck on Desharnais’ tape for the one-time goal and a game 5 win.

The Sharks now face a do-or-die game six Saturday at the Shark Tank. They’ll hope for a similar outcome to game 4 at the Tank where they hung 7 unanswered goals on the Oilers.

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