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Sharks defeat Oilers for second win in past 11 games

Draisaitl scores 48th, 49th goals for Edmonton

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

Burns snipes goal from circle

SJS@EDM: Burns buries snap shot after the face-off

Brent Burns gains the puck off the draw and fires a wicked wrister that beats Anthony Stolarz's glove to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead

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EDMONTON -- Brent Burns had a goal and assist for the San Jose Sharks in a 3-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Thursday.

Marcus Sorensen and Gustav Nyquist scored for the Sharks (45-27-9), who will finish second in the Pacific Division and play the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Aaron Dell made 26 saves.

"You have to close out those one-goal games in the playoffs, and I thought we did a great job of that tonight," Dell said. "These are tough games to play where they are going to be cheating for offense a little bit, and it was a good opportunity to make sure we work on those things that we have had a hard time with. I thought we did a great job with that tonight."

 

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It was San Jose's second win in its past 11 games.

Leon Draisaitl scored two goals for Edmonton (34-38-9), which has lost five games in a row and been eliminated from playoff contention. Anthony Stolarz made 24 saves.

"I think it was a little bit of an up and down (game)," Draisaitl said. "I think that we had a decent first, and then we lulled a little bit in the second, but I thought the third was really good, we battled really hard, and I thought it was a good effort."

Draisaitl scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 2:03 of the first period to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.

Video: SJS@EDM: Draisaitl steals puck and pots SHG

Sorensen scored off a pass from behind the net from Joe Thornton to tie it 1-1 at 8:52. It was Thornton's 1,064th assist, moving him past Steve Yzerman for eighth in NHL history.

Burns scored at 10:04 to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead. He got the puck at the blue line off a face-off win by Tomas Hertl, skated to the right face-off dot, and shot it over Stolarz's shoulder for his 80th point of the season.

"We were OK, but I didn't think we were great defensively," San Jose center Logan Couture said. "We still gave up a lot of chances. We had a few breakdowns. We are going to need to improve on that. I thought we sat on our heels a bit too much. I would have liked to have seen us attack a little more."

Draisaitl scored his 49th goal at 3:22 of the second to tie it 2-2 with a shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle off a pass from Matt Benning. He is the first Edmonton player to score 49 goals since Jimmy Carson in 1988-89.

Video: SJS@EDM: Draisaitl pots his second tally of the night

"I think he wants 50, and you can see the hunger in that, and that's good for us," Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "But he's not going about it the wrong way. He's not hanging at the red line. He's competing for pucks and he wants to shoot, and there is nothing wrong with that. And we're hopeful as heck he gets it. He was a hungry hockey player today, and even before he scored his first goal, he was a hungry hockey player."

Nyquist made it 3-2 at 18:48 when he redirected a point shot from Burns.

Dell made a right-pad save on Draisaitl's shot on the rush from above the right circle at 11:12 of the third period, and then made a save on Connor McDavid with two seconds remaining.

"We won, I'm not going to overthink it," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "It was a tough game to play on both ends with the situations everyone is in. We found a way to win a game. I thought we did some good stuff that we can use next week in the playoffs. It was good to get a win."

San Jose forward Timo Meier left the game at 9:26 of the third period after he appeared to injure his left arm crashing into the end boards. DeBoer did not have an update.

Video: SJS@EDM: Nyquist deflects Burns' shot into the net

 

They said it

"There is still some room for improvement. We have to stay on the attack and stay aggressive, which I thought we were at times in the third. There is always another level that this team can get to." -- Sharks captain Joe Pavelski

"We all want to see him achieve that, especially being one goal away. Hopefully, he can get it on Saturday night. You saw in the third period, everyone was looking for him, and hopefully, he'll get his chance on Saturday night as well." -- Oilers forward Milan Lucic on Leon Draisaitl going for 50 goals

 

Need to know

Burns, who turned 34 on March 9, is the sixth player in NHL history to reach 80 points in a season for the first time at age 34 or older. … Wayne Gretzky (62) and Jari Kurri (54) were the last Edmonton players to score at least 50 goals in a season, each in 1986-87. … McDavid had an assist on Draisaitl's second goal and has 116 points (41 goals, 75 assists), the most by an Oilers player since Mark Messier had 129 in 1989-90. ... DeBoer challenged that McDavid was offside on the play leading to Draisaitl's second goal, but it was upheld after video review.

 

What's next

Sharks: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA+, ALT, NHL.TV)

Oilers: At the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, NHL.TV)

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