EDMONTON (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks realize there's one reason they beat the
Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night -- goaltender Vesa Toskala.
"Our goalie stood on his head for the whole game," Sharks center Mike
Ricci said. "We can't sugarcoat it -- our goalie won us that hockey game
Patrick Marleau scored late in the second period, and Toskala stopped 35
shots to lead the Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Oilers.
Toskala's best save came late in the third period when he made an acrobatic
arm save on a shot by Raffi Torres to keep ahead by one.
"We have a habit of making goalies look pretty good," Oilers forward Ethan
Moreau said. "Positionally, he played well. It was his night."
Toskala also kept the Sharks close during the first period, when they were
"At the beginning, I had a couple of good saves, you get into it that
way," Toskala said. "There was actually a couple tough ones. I felt really
comfortable after those saves and it was easy to keep going."
Marleau scored with 4:03 left in the second for San Jose. Brad Stuart added
a power-play goal for the Sharks on their only shot of the first period.
"When you play that poorly and you come out of it 1-1 there's a sense of
relief," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "We haven't really dug a hole at
Marleau broke a 1-all tie with his eighth of the season. Parked in front of
Ty Conklin, he picked the puck out of a scramble in front of the goal and
lifted a backhander that hit the Oilers goalie before going in.
Jarrett Stoll scored the lone goal for the Oilers (10-11-3-0), who are
winless in five games.
Stoll opened the scoring with 6:37 left in the first, when his shot from the
wing hit a crowd in front of the net and got behind Toskala.
Conklin stopped 19 shots in his 11th consecutive start since replacing Tommy
Salo, who has finally recovered from his hip injury.