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by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall celebrates scoring the overtime game-winning goal as the Oilers take the 4-3 win over the Sharks. Photo by Andy Devlin.

Coming off a loss last night in Cowtown, the San Jose Sharks were bound and determined for a win tonight, but the Oilers refused to give, sealing a 4-3 overtime win.

“I was real happy with our effort,” said Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer.

“I thought we could have had two or three in the first — we came ready to play. Their goalie was good and it was a good hockey game but for us, playing back-to-back…I thought we gave a hell of an effort and probably deserve better.”

Though the Oilers held a 1-0 lead for the first two periods, the Sharks finally started to connect with the net, eventually taking a 3-2 lead with less than eight minutes remaining.

“We got moving, we stayed with the plan, I think we started getting more pucks on the net, that was the big thing,” said Sharks centre Joe Pavelski.

“And Brauny gets a good goal for us in the slot and kind of got things going, gave us a little confidence, a little boost there and just went back and forth there at the end.”

With 4:37 left on the clock, a wrist shot from Oilers forward Iiro Pakarinen saw the puck get a piece of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins before entering the net for a 3-3 finish.

An overtime goal from Taylor Hall at the 1:01-mark secured the Sharks fate.

“We felt we didn’t give them a whole lot there really but they’re still going to come…we had the power play there in the end and a few chances — we definitely wanted the two points though,” said Pavelski.

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