Sharks rally, edge Oilers in shootout | Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 1:45 AM

The San Jose Sharks avoided a three-game skid in dramatic fashion Wednesday.

Dan Boyle scored the shootout winner as the Sharks rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period for a 4-3 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

Logan Couture had a pair of goals and Tommy Wingels also scored in regulation for the Sharks (13-10-6), who have now won just twice in their past eight games.

Indeed, it was a huge win for the Sharks, who have been surrounded by trade rumors over the past few weeks.

"Nothing's changed … we're here to play hockey," Couture said. "We're all on the San Jose Sharks right now. Until someone tells us otherwise, we're going to play for the San Jose Sharks as hard as we can and do whatever we can to get points.

"Nothing in this room has changed. We don't listen to what people say outside of this locker room – we haven't for the four years I've been here."

Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Jones scored for Edmonton (11-11-7), which has earned eight points in its past five contests.

"It is very disappointing losing the penalty shots," Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said. "We are a good team at that.

"It's painful, but we have to look at the fact that we have points in five games and move forward. But right now, of course the pain of giving up a 3-1 lead dominates."

The Oilers scored first midway through the opening period via the power play as Nail Yakupov fed the puck across the ice to Gagner, who had time to rip a slap shot from the top of the circle that beat Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi glove-side. It was Gagner's 12th goal of the season.

San Jose tied up the game with just under six minutes to play in the opening period as the puck popped loose from under Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk in a scramble in front and Couture was there to hammer it in on the doorstep.

The Sharks had the best opportunity in the first half of the second period as Joe Pavelski rang a shot off the post in the opening minute.

Edmonton went up 2-1 with eight minutes left to play in the second period. Nick Schultz picked up a pass as he stepped on to the ice from the penalty box and raced in on a 2-on-1 before feeding it across to a streaking Horcoff, who slapped it in at the side of the net.

The Oilers went up 3-1 four minutes into the third period as Jones picked the pocket of defender Matt Irwin behind the San Jose net and hooked around front to send the puck through Niemi's legs.

"It's just tough," Jones said. "Not only did we need the two points, I thought we deserved them for the most part."

The Sharks pulled back to within one three minutes later on the power play as they were able to send the puck out of a scrum in front of the Oiler net to Couture, who sent his second of the game and 14th of the season through traffic and past Dubnyk.

"He gets excited to play here in Edmonton, I don't know why," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Couture. "Six shots on goal, a couple of goals, an amazing shot [in the shootout]. … I'm really proud of him and we're happy to have him."

San Jose then tied the game with 10:45 remaining in the third as a puck found Wingels, who sent a quick wrist shot into the net to make it 3-3 and eventually send the game to overtime.

The Oilers were without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who is suffering from the flu. Teemu Hartikainen took Nugent-Hopkins' place in the lineup.

Sharks forward Ryane Clowe missed the game with a shoulder injury.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
10:47EDM PPG - Sam Gagner (12) ASST: Nail Yakupov (9), Ryan Whitney (7) 1 - 0 EDM
14:19SJS Logan Couture (13) ASST: Martin Havlat (5) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
12:07EDM Shawn Horcoff (4) ASST: Nick Schultz (4), Lennart Petrell (4) 2 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
04:07EDM Ryan Jones (1) ASST: NONE 3 - 1 EDM
06:50SJS PPG - Logan Couture (14) ASST: Dan Boyle (9), Joe Thornton (23) 3 - 2 EDM
09:15SJS Tommy Wingels (2) ASST: TJ Galiardi (4), Scott Gomez (8) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1EDMSam Gagner - Save
2SJSJoe Pavelski - Save
3EDMJordan Eberle - Goal
4SJSLogan Couture - Goal
5EDMAles Hemsky - Save
6SJSDan Boyle - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDEdmonton OilersSan Jose Sharks
1Sam GagnerJoe Pavelski
2Jordan EberleLogan Couture
3Ales HemskyDan Boyle
Three Stars of the Game
Shawn Horcoff
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:59
Logan Couture
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 20:32
Ryan Jones
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 10:50
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:48SJS Douglas Murray  Interference against  Sam Gagner
10:11SJS Dan Boyle  Tripping against  Jordan Eberle
18:52SJS Andrew Desjardins  Roughing against  Ryan Jones
18:52EDM Ryan Jones  Roughing against  Andrew Desjardins
2nd Period
02:36SJS Martin Havlat  Misconduct (10 min)
02:36SJS Martin Havlat  Unsportsmanlike conduct
02:36SJS Martin Havlat  Interference against  Taylor Hall
10:00EDM Nick Schultz  Interference against  Logan Couture
18:31SJS Tommy Wingels  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
06:12EDM Ryan Whitney  Interference against  TJ Galiardi
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/21/5
Faceoff Wins3831
Blocked Shots1715
Penalty Minutes226
3D. MurrayD0011217:54
5J. DemersD0010021:10
7B. StuartD0010021:47
8J. PavelskiC0000017:52
9M. HavlatL01011412:13
10A. DesjardinsL0001211:32
12P. MarleauL0004021:18
15J. SheppardC000108:04
19J. ThorntonC0104019:23
21T. GaliardiL0110014:33
22D. BoyleD01-14221:20
23S. GomezC0100012:51
37A. BurishR0001012:07
39L. CoutureC20-16020:32
44M. VlasicD0014024:06
52M. IrwinD00-22021:08
57T. WingelsC1001216:13
88B. BurnsD00-14015:28
31A. Niemi2427.88964:53
2J. PetryD0000025:12
4T. HallL0002022:20
5L. SmidD0012021:11
6R. WhitneyD01-10220:22
10S. HorcoffC1012023:59
13M. BrownR00-1206:49
14J. EberleR0012017:39
15N. SchultzD0121219:19
19J. SchultzD0011025:25
28R. JonesL1012210:50
37L. PetrellL010009:34
45M. FistricD00-20014:38
56T. HartikainenC000004:15
64N. YakupovR01-11014:54
83A. HemskyR0005020:11
89S. GagnerC1004022:28
91M. PaajarviL00-12021:35
94R. SmythL00-11014:41
40D. Dubnyk3134.91265:00