Dubnyk shines as Oilers edge Sharks in shootout
Tuesday, 01.24.2012 / 12:52 AM
goaltender Devan Dubnyk
put on a show for the home crowd Monday night.
Dubnyk stopped 44 of 45 shots through overtime, then went 3-for-3 in the shootout as the Oilers earned a 2-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks
at Rexall Place.
scored in regulation and Taylor Hall
scored the shootout winner as the Oilers (18-26-4) snapped a three-game losing skid and won for just the second time in 10 games.
"It was an important game for us," Dubnyk said. "We owe it to our fans to play better. We don't have to win 41 games but you have to go out there and give them an effort. I want to show the Oilers that I am a starting goalie."
responded for the Sharks (26-14-6) who have dropped three in a row and four of their last five.
"It seemed like we spent an awful lot of time in their end, but you still need to score the goals," Couture said. "We're frustrated right now. We are playing all right, but you still need to find a way to win games like this. We need the points right now. We haven't been getting the wins lately. We got a point tonight, but I would have rather had two. We're having a tough time scoring goals right now."
Dubnyk had some luck on his side in the first period. Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff
turned the puck over behind the Edmonton net and Jamie McGinn
got a slap shot away from the slot, but the puck drilled the goal post.
The Sharks outshot Edmonton 13-5 in the scoreless first, held a 26-12 lead through 40 minutes and was up 43-16 after regulation. But Dubnyk was up to the challenge.
"When you get great goaltending like we had tonight, you are going to win more often," Oilers coach Tom Renney said.
The Oilers finally opened the scoring seven minutes into the second period as Jeff Petry
's shot deflected off of a Sharks defender right to the stick of Eberle, who beat Thomas Greiss
for his 18th goal of the season.
The Sharks may have suffered a huge blow early in the third period, as Oilers forward Ales Hemsky
got into a knee-on-knee collision with San Jose defenseman Brent Burns
, who needed to be helped off of the ice. Hemsky was given a kneeing major on the play.
"I tried to go down the wall and it was just a reaction play," Burns said. "It didn't feel too good on my part. I knew it wasn't good right away. I thought I was going to throw up.
"I don't know how bad it is yet. It happens. It's a quick game. I've been on the other end of these. It happens so quick. It's not his fault."
Said Hemsky: "I don't think I am a dirty player. I hope for the guy. I hope he is OK. You never want to hurt anybody."
It took just 45 seconds for the penalty to pay off as Couture notched his 100th career NHL point with a tip of a Dan Boyle
shot that beat Dubnyk to make it a 1-1 game.
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.