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Kane gets two assists in Sharks debut, helps defeat Oilers

San Jose ends three-game losing streak

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Evander Kane had two assists in his debut with the San Jose Sharks, helping them to a 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at SAP Center on Tuesday.

Joe Pavelski had a goal and three assists and Martin Jones made 24 saves for the Sharks (34-21-9), who ended a three-game losing streak. They are in second place in the Pacific Division with 77 points, 10 behind the Vegas Golden Knights and two ahead of the Los Angeles Kings.

Kane, who was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, also had two shots on goal, four hits and one blocked shot.


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"I kind of come from not playing so much meaningful hockey to playing some meaningful hockey," Kane said. "Obviously you get a little ramped up, and I just tried to change the game in any way I can. It's good to get on the board and contribute offensively and also with some other elements."

Pavelski, Justin Braun, Timo Meier and Logan Couture scored in the second period, when the Sharks outshot Edmonton 17-4. Chris Tierney scored an empty-net goal at 19:05 of the third.

Kane skated at left wing on the top line with Pavelski and right wing Joonas Donskoi.

"The chemistry was there," Pavelski said. "He's a guy that carries a lot of speed, can carry that puck up. It just seemed to open up some space for us tonight."

Video: EDM@SJS: Braun blasts slap shot past Talbot for lead

Connor McDavid and Jesse Puljujarvi scored for the Oilers (27-32-4, 58 points), whose three-game winning streak ended. Cam Talbot made 30 saves.

Edmonton trails the Anaheim Ducks by 16 points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

"The four goals that they did score were them creating turnovers in the [offensive] zone and pouncing on it," Oilers forward Milan Lucic said. "Twenty minutes lost us the game."

McDavid gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead at 4:33 of the first period with his 28th goal of the season. He beat Jones on a 2-on-1 rush from the right face-off circle.

Pavelski scored from the low slot at 1:20 of the second period, deflecting Kane's shot from the left face-off circle to make it 1-1. Kane sent Oilers defenseman Matt Benning into the boards, got the loose puck and sent it toward Pavelski for his first point with the Sharks.

"That's one thing that I think everyone is so excited for, that edge that he plays with," Pavelski said of Kane. "That compete level. You see it right away. For us to insert that now, it definitely has given us some depth and created a few more opportunities for us."

Video: EDM@SJS: Meier nets wrist shot off defenseman's skate

Braun gave San Jose a 2-1 lead at 7:02 of the second period on a slap shot from above the right face-off circle. Pavelski and Kane had the assists on Braun's goal.

"I thought it was a good start for us," Kane said. "Obviously a big two points that we desperately needed. It was good to have some success tonight with (Donskoi) there and (Pavelski)."

Meier flipped a backhand shot from left of the crease that banked off Andrej Sekera's skate and past Talbot at 16:15.

Couture extended San Jose's lead to 4-1 at 17:38 when he scored his 26th goal.

"I don't think we had the energy level we needed to play against this team tonight," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "When you don't have it, you can still give yourself a chance to win. I think we did that in the first. I don't think we did that in the second at all. Brought a lot of pucks back into our own end, played right into their forecheck game."

Puljujarvi scored from close range at 6:06 of the third period to make it 4-2.

Video: EDM@SJS: McDavid wires home wrister to open scoring


Goal of the game

Pavelski's goal at 1:20 of the second period.

Video: EDM@SJS: Pavelski deflects Kane's wrister past Talbot


Save of the game

Jones against Leon Draisaitl at 18:51 of the third period.

Video: EDM@SJS: Jones makes fantastic back-to-back saves


Highlight of the game

Couture's goal at 17:38 of the second period.

Video: EDM@SJS: Couture strikes on superb individual effort

They said it

"They came out harder than us. I thought we didn't play to our full potential in the second. They were first on the puck." -- Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson


"He brings a little bit of everything to the table. That's why he's as valuable as he is and as highly thought of as he is in the League. I liked his game tonight. I thought he worked really hard away from the puck. The offense and physicality are things you take for granted, but I thought defensively and away from the puck, he really worked hard." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer on forward Evander Kane


Need to know

Pontus Aberg, who was traded from the Nashville Predators to Edmonton on Sunday, had an assist in his Oilers debut. … Oilers forward Zack Kassian (leg) and defenseman Kris Russell (hand) did not play. ... Sharks forward Mikkel Boedker played his 600th NHL game.


What's next

Oilers: Host the Nashville Predators on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Sharks: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, WGN, NHL.TV)


Video: Four-goal 2nd period powers Sharks past Oilers, 5-2

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