EDMONTON – Patrick Marleau had two goals and Devin Setoguchi added a goal and two assists as the San Jose Sharks hit the 30 win mark in just their 40th game, handing the Edmonton Oilers a 4-1 loss on Friday night.
Rookie Brad Staubitz also scored for the Sharks who have put together a 5-1-2 record in their last eight outings to improve to 30-5-5.
Denis Grebeshkov had the lone goal for the Oilers (19-18-3) who have now lost two in a row and have once again slipped to .500 at home with an 8-8-3 record at Rexall Place.
The game got off to a bit of an odd start as it looked like Edmonton’s Robert Nilsson had a clean breakaway on Sharks starter Evgeni Nabokov only to abandon the opportunity when he discovered he had a broken stick.
San Jose took a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the opening period on the power play as Setoguchi unleashed a bullet from the point that cleanly beat Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson stick-side for his 19th goal of the season.
The Oilers were able to strike back with a power-play goal of their own three minutes later as Andrew Cogliano spotted Grebeshkov creeping in from the point and fed him a pass from behind the net that he deposited behind Nabokov.
The Sharks got a gift goal with six minutes to play in the first as Roloson whiffed on a glove save attempt and it wafted into the net. It was Staubitz’s first career NHL goal, also scored in his hometown of Edmonton.
Roloson allowed a goal on another shot he would like to have back with just 35 seconds to play as Marleau snapped a wrist shot into the top corner for his 20th of the season and a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Mathieu Garon came in to replace Roloson at the start of the second.
San Jose took a three-goal lead with the lone tally in the second period as Marleau picked up his second of the night converting a long feed from Joe Pavelski on the power play.
There was no scoring in the third period.
The Sharks travel to Vancouver to play the Canucks on Saturday while the Oilers next play host to St. Louis on Sunday.
Notes: Edmonton lost all-star defenceman Sheldon Souray in the second period as he left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return. Edmonton forward Zack Stortini was helped off the ice after his leg went back at an unnatural angle during a tackle to finish off a fight with Staubitz. Oilers leading scorer Ales Hemsky continues to have trouble bouncing back from a concussion and has now been placed on the injured reserve list. Hemsky suffered a concussion on Dec. 28 against Nashville, and has missed six games since then. Enforcer Steve MacIntyre was activated to take his spot on the roster. . . . Absent for the Sharks on Friday were Torrey Mitchell (leg), C Jeremy Roenick (shoulder), LW Jody Shelley (upper body) and C Tom Cavanagh (lower body). . . . The Oilers won the only previous meeting between the two teams 3-2 in San Jose earlier this year. Edmonton won the season series between the two teams last year 3-1. . . . Sharks defenceman Rob Blake recorded his 500th career assist on Marleau’s first period goal.