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Oilers 6, Sharks 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Oilers 6, Sharks 4
San Jose Sharks 4, Edmonton Oilers 6

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)-Ryan Smyth grew up idolizing Wayne Gretzky and now he broke one of his records.

Smyth scored three goals in a 2:01 span early in the third period to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

The hurried hat trick broke Gretzky's franchise record for fastest three goals by 17 seconds and pushed Smyth over the 500-point mark for his career.

"I just got on a good roll," Smyth said. "Two of them were on the power play. I was just trying to help the team and contribute, not thinking about anything else. It turned out to be a pretty good one."

Jonathan Cheechoo had three goals for the Sharks, who were going for the first 4-0 start in franchise history.

San Jose was leading 4-2 after the two periods. Kyle McLaren of the Sharks was called for two penalties and Smyth scored on both power plays, just 19 seconds apart. He then added the game-winner for his fifth career hat trick and fourth point of the night.

Oilers coach Craig MacTavish felt the record-breaking feat couldn't have happened to a more deserving player.

"Any time you beat one of the Great One's records, it is a pretty good night," he said. "Good for Ryan. For a guy that grew up idolizing Wayne to get one of his records, it couldn't be placed in a better spot. I'm sure he would appreciate something like that."

The Sharks admitted they let a win get away.

"We have to play smarter in the third period," Cheechoo said. "When you blow a lead like that, that's not what you want. That's not how you win playoff games. You have to be able to protect a two-goal lead at that point in the game. We had a few lapses."

San Jose coach Ron Wilson says he will view this game as a valuable lesson for his team.

"We just didn't have the poise to stop the bleeding and get the job done," he said. "That happens every once in a while and I would rather it happened now than two months from now. It is a good learning experience and an opportunity for me to get everybody centered on what it takes to win at this level."

Patrick Thoresen was credited with his first career goal three minutes into the game when a bouncing puck pinballed past San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

The Sharks scored 3 minutes later when Cheechoo put a blistering shot from the slot past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson to tie it.

Less than two minutes later, Cheechoo scored again on a two-man advantage. He completed his hat trick with power-play goal just over 6 minutes into the second period. Milan Michalek made it 4-2 minutes later when he scored on a two-man advantage.

Edmonton made it 4-2 with 8 minutes remaining in the second period when Joffrey Lupul scored on a rebound of a shot by Smyth.

Ales Hemsky made it 6-4 at 15:28 of the third.

Notes: It was the first time the teams met since the Oilers defeated the Sharks 4-2 in the second round of the playoffs, a series San Jose led 2-0. ... The Sharks had only allowed one power-play goal in 18 opportunities before Thursday.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:20
EDM
Patrick Thoresen (1) ASST: Steve Staios (1), Brad Winchester (1)
1 - 0 EDM
06:45
SJS
Jonathan Cheechoo (1) ASST: Joe Thornton (5), Mark Smith (2)
1 - 1 Tie
08:21
SJS
PPG - Jonathan Cheechoo (2) ASST: Patrick Marleau (6), Steve Bernier (5)
2 - 1 SJS
2nd Period
06:52
SJS
PPG - Jonathan Cheechoo (3) ASST: Mark Smith (3), Joe Thornton (6)
3 - 1 SJS
08:59
SJS
PPG - Milan Michalek (4) ASST: Joe Thornton (7)
4 - 1 SJS
12:00
EDM
Joffrey Lupul (2) ASST: Ryan Smyth (2)
4 - 2 SJS
3rd Period
04:05
EDM
PPG - Ryan Smyth (1) ASST: Jarret Stoll (2), Petr Sykora (2)
4 - 3 SJS
04:19
EDM
PPG - Ryan Smyth (2) ASST: Marc-Andre Bergeron (1), Petr Sykora (3)
4 - 4 Tie
06:06
EDM
Ryan Smyth (3) ASST: Steve Staios (2), Ladislav Smid (1)
5 - 4 EDM
15:18
EDM
Ales Hemsky (1) ASST: Daniel Tjarnqvist (1)
6 - 4 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
07:54
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Interference against  Mark Smith
08:08
EDM
Jason Smith  Holding against  Milan Michalek
16:11
EDM
Patrick Thoresen  Holding against  Patrick Rissmiller
16:20
SJS
Christian Ehrhoff  Interference against  Daniel Tjarnqvist
17:04
SJS
Patrick Marleau  Hooking against  Ales Hemsky
19:48
EDM
Marty Reasoner  Hooking against  Joe Thornton
2nd Period
05:30
EDM
Raffi Torres  Hooking against  Kyle McLaren
08:03
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Unsportsmanlike conduct
08:03
EDM
Petr Sykora  Too many men/ice - bench
15:46
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Hooking
15:46
EDM
Matt Greene  Fighting (maj) against  Ryane Clowe
15:46
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Greene
18:24
EDM
Daniel Tjarnqvist  Hi-sticking against  Patrick Marleau
3rd Period
02:42
SJS
Kyle McLaren  Holding against  Jarret Stoll
02:42
SJS
Mark Smith  Hooking
13:05
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Hooking against  Curtis Brown
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 32TOI: 58:35
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .813SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 23TOI: 59:45
Saves: 19EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 10
SV%: .826SH: 0 - 0