EDMONTON - Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assists and Joe Thornton had three helpers as the San Jose Sharks won their third straight on a five-game road trip, defeating the last-place Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Friday.
Nail Yakupov responded for the Oilers (4-15-2), who have lost six games in a row and have gone 1-9-1 in their last 11 games. Edmonton has been outscored 23-3 in their last six contests at home.
The Oilers are a distressing 1-7-0 on home ice this season and have fallen into dead last place in the NHL, with the Buffalo Sabres defeating Toronto 3-1 on the night.
Edmonton had a bit of foreshadowing of what was to come to start the game when Logan Couture rang a shot off the post just 10 seconds in.
The Sharks got on the scoreboard with four minutes to play in the first period on a power-play goal. Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk got knocked out of position by Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference, allowing Pavelski to shoot his seventh of the season into the vacant cage.
San Jose struck again just over a minute later as Thornton won a battle for the puck behind the net and fed it through the crease to Hertl, who was able to redirect it into the Edmonton net.
The Sharks had 14 first period shots, while Edmonton only put six on San Jose backup goalie Alex Stalock.
San Jose took a 3-0 lead four minutes into the second frame as a poor pass back to the point by Oiler Luke Gazdic led to a three-on-two opportunity that Marleau converted with a shot to beat Dubnyk glove side for his 10th of the season.
Edmonton had a glorious chance to end it's lengthy home-scoring drought seven minutes into the second period as Ryan Smyth had Stalock cleanly beat on a wraparound attempt, but sent the puck through the crease and off the post. Oilers defenceman Philip Larsen hit a post on the next shift.
The Oilers finally got a goal after being shutout in three consecutive home games and going 214 minutes and 52 seconds without a goal at Rexall Place with a power-play marker at the 12:48 mark of the second period. A big rebound came out to Yakupov, who wasted no time drilling a one-timer into the net for his third of the season.
With the goal, the Oilers were able to avoid becoming the first team in 84 years to get shut out in four straight home games, a feat dubiously accomplished by the Chicago Blackhawks, who went an NHL record six straight from Feb. 10-28, 1929.
The 1927 Montreal Maroons were the only other team to be blanked in four consecutive games at home.
San Jose almost scored another early in the third period when Couture was snake-bitten again, this time having a shot ring off the crossbar and then the post. The Sharks hit two more posts in the third.
The Oilers make a quick one-game trip to play the Flames in Calgary on Saturday. The Sharks wrap up a five-game trip on Sunday in Chicago.
Notes: It was the first of five games this season between the Pacific Division foes. The Sharks swept their three-game series with the Oilers in the strike-shortened 2012-13 campaign and came into the game having won five of six and nine of their last 11 in Rexall Place in Edmonton… The Oilers made a couple of roster moves before the game, calling up young defender Oscar Klefbom and sending rookie forward Mark Arcobello to their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. Arcobello is tied for second in NHL rookie scoring with 12 points this season… The rookie overall points leader is Sharks forward Tomas Hertl, who now has 12 goals and 18 points in 20 games… San Jose winger Brent Burns missed the game with an undisclosed injury and is listed as day-to-day. Out long term for San Jose are Adam Burish (back surgery) and Raffi Torres (knee)… The Oilers are inching their way back from a long list of early season injuries, now only without defenceman Justin Schultz (groin), forward Tyler Pitlick (knee) and goaltender Richard Bachman (groin).
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