GAME: San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers.
PLAYOFF SERIES: Western Conference semifinals; Sharks lead 2-1.
TIME: Friday, 8 p.m. EDT.
The Edmonton Oilers needed three overtimes, but they finally got a winning goal past the San Jose Sharks' Vesa Toskala.
After Shawn Horcoff put Edmonton's 58th shot of the game past Toskala in the third extra period early Thursday morning, the Oilers found themselves back in the series and with a chance to pull even with the Sharks when the teams meet at Rexall Place on Friday.
Trailing 3-2 going into the third period Wednesday night, Edmonton got the only goal of the period from Raffi Torres at 13:13, then outshot San Jose 31-18 after regulation before Horcoff tapped in a backhand pass from Ryan Smyth at 2:24 of the third OT.
The Oilers outshot the Sharks 58-34 overall.
"We really needed that game," said Horcoff, who ended the third-longest contest in Oilers history. "It's a big lift for us right now."
Toskala did everything he could to keep Edmonton from getting back into the series, making 55 saves. He made 30 in the first two overtimes before Horcoff scored on the first shot of the third.
"I was really impressed with the composure we had in the locker room," Horcoff said. "We just don't know how to quit."
Edmonton's victory ended San Jose's six-game winning streak and dealt the Sharks just their third loss since April 1, but Sharks coach Ron Wilson wasn't worried, even though playoff games that go to multiple overtimes have been known to shift the momentum of series.
"We'll bounce back. We've been a resilient team all along," Wilson said.
Wilson isn't concerned because of the outstanding effort of Toskala, who continued his strong play and has a 1.73 goals-against average in the postseason, and Patrick Marleau, who got his ninth goal of the playoffs in the second period Wednesday.
Marleau, the Sharks' captain, has a goal in six of San Jose's eight postseason contests and was only held pointless in San Jose's loss in their playoff opener to Nashville.
Still, San Jose will have to play better than it did in the overtimes and match Edmonton's aggressiveness if it wants to push the Oilers to the brink of elimination in Game 4. Besides being badly outshot, the Sharks struggled on faceoffs in the extra periods.
"We didn't drive to the net at all. We played on the perimeter," Wilson said.
San Jose is 7-2 in its last nine road games.
The series shifts back to HP Pavilion for Game 5 on Sunday night.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Sharks - 5th seed; beat Nashville Predators 4-1, West quarterfinals. Oilers - 8th seed; beat Detroit Red Wings 4-2, West quarterfinals.
PLAYOFF TEAM LEADERS: Sharks - Marleau, 9 goals and 12 points; Tom Preissing, 6 assists; Ville Nieminen, 22 PIM. Oilers - Fernando Pisani, 5 goals; Horcoff, 7 assists and 9 points; Georges Laraque, 17 PIM.
PLAYOFF SPECIAL TEAMS: Sharks - Power play: 18.9 percent (10 for 53). Penalty killing: 82.2 percent (37 for 45). Oilers - Power play: 20.0 percent (10 for 50). Penalty killing: 83.9 percent (47 for 56).
GOALTENDERS: Sharks - Toskala (6-2, 1 SO, 1.73 GAA); Evgeni Nabokov (no appearances). Oilers - Dwayne Roloson (5-4, 2.19); Jussi Markkanen (no appearances).