SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) — Patrick Marleau did his best to
make certain the San Jose Sharks’ slide would not continue.
The captain scored twice in just under four minutes in the
second period as the Sharks netted three goals in the session en
route to a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
Joe Pavelski scored his fourth goal in as many games and
All-Star Joe Thornton also tallied as San Jose snapped a
three-game losing streak.
“I think we’ve got to be a little more attached to the game and
more involved,” Marleau said. “For the full 60 (minutes), I
think we did it at times. We need to get back to playing the
way we can with no letups. That’s how you’re going to win in
the playoffs – and that’s what we need to get back to.”
“It was a battle out there,” Pavelski said. “The season’s
winding down and every two points are crucial and we wanted to
get back in the win column. Everyone contributed and that was a
big reason we got the win tonight.”
Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 24 shots for the Sharks, who posted
just their second win in their last eight games (2-2-4).
“It’s that time of year, the points mean a lot to every team,”
Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “We’re going to see that more
and more where teams are really scrapping to get the points and
set themselves up for a playoff position. It’s good for us to
play in those games because that’s how the playoffs are going to
Fourth-liner Zack Stortini and Erik Cole scored, defenseman Tom
Gilbert notched a pair of assists for the second straight game
and Dwayne Roloson finished with 27 saves for Edmonton, which
saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.
“The battle was good, guys stood up for one another and it was
impressive in a lot of ways,” Oilers coach Craig MacTavish
said. “I think that’s what we’re going to take out of the game
is on back-to-back nights, we didn’t lay down that’s for sure
and that was a real positive side of the game. … In a couple
of situations, we didn’t do what we needed to do and it costs us
the game ultimately.”
“We’re disappointed. We felt like we had a chance to win
tonight’s game but we’re proud of the way we battled and our
work ethic was great coming off a back-to-back (games),” Oilers
defenseman Steve Staios said. “A couple of mental things (hurt
us), that’s part of the game but the disappointment is we could
have won that game tonight.”
After pulling the teams even at 2-2 just 1:48 into the second
period, Marleau gave the Sharks a lead they would not relinquish
after finishing off a 2-on-1 advantage just 3:55 later for a
Thornton capped the second-period outburst by netting his 14th
tally of the campaign with 54 seconds remaining in the session.
“It was a weird kind of thing,” Thornton said. “I think the ‘D’
mishandled it a little bit and I saw Lukie (Lukas Kaspar) come
off the bench and we were pretty fresh. I don’t know how I got
the puck, where I got it but it was pretty much an open net, so
I just shot and hit the net and scored a goal.”
Pavelski opened the scoring after accepting a centering feed
from Milan Michalek midway through the first period, but
Stortini leveled the contest just 2:10 later after tapping home
a rebound for his fourth goal of the season – and third in his
last six games.
Cole gave Edmonton a 2-1 lead after the puck caromed off the end
boards and out into the slot. With the awkward bounce putting
Nabokov out of position, Cole was able to bat the bouncing puck
out of the air and into the net for his 13th goal of the season.