The San Jose Sharks have been riding a potent power play during their current winning streak.
The Sharks look to continue their success with the man advantage Wednesday when they host the Edmonton Oilers.
San Jose (28-14-0) has scored 13 power-play goals during a three-game winning streak, including five in Saturday's 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Sharks, who scored six goals with the man advantage in their previous game - a 9-4 victory over Detroit - have converted an NHL-best 25.6 percent (57-for-223) of their power-play chances.
"Our work ethic is much better, and our power play is just clicking," coach Ron Wilson said.
Ryane Clowe scored three goals in an NHL game for the first time on Saturday and has five over the last two games, including four with the man advantage. He had scored just three goals in 34 career games before this two-game outburst.
"Obviously, they're not pretty, but they count," said Clowe, who likes to play in front of the net. "I don't think we're relying on the power play like we did at the start of the year. Now we're using our 5-on-5 play to create power plays."
Joe Thornton added three assists against the Blue Jackets, and leads the NHL with 30 power-play assists and 33 power-play points.
San Jose could have trouble keeping its power play going against the Oilers, who are killing off 87.0 percent of their opponents' man-advantage chances, ranking them near the top of the league. Edmonton has not allowed a power-play goal in either of its last two games, and killed off five penalties in Monday's 2-1 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
The victory was the fourth in 14 games for the Oilers (20-18-4), who had lost in a shootout and in overtime in their previous two games. Edmonton, which is wrapping up a three-game road trip, is 2-0-2 in its last four games.
"I think it's been four games now we've got points, and I think we're starting to play better hockey and the whole thing starts from our defensive zone," said center Shawn Horcoff, who assisted on Jan Hejda's game-winner.
Jarret Stoll scored along with Hejda, whose goal was the first of his NHL career. Ryan Smyth assisted on the winning goal for his 10th point in seven games after missing 10 contests because of a broken right thumb.
"It's nice to win an overtime game, because it has been a while," said coach Craig MacTavish, whose team set a franchise record last season with 13 overtime wins. "The odds have to turn in your favor when you drop as many as we have lately."
Edmonton has won five of its last six games against San Jose and beat the Sharks 6-4 in the teams' only meeting this season on Oct. 12. Smyth scored three goals in a 2:01 span early in the third period, breaking Wayne Gretzky's franchise record for fastest three goals by 17 seconds, while Jonathan Cheechoo had three goals for San Jose.