San Jose scores the first four goals of the game and hangs on for the win while Draisaitl extends his point streak to 10 games with a goal and an assist
SAN JOSE, CA - There was blood in the water and the Sharks attacked on Tuesday as the Oilers were doubled up 6-3 in San Jose.
The home team tallied the first four goals of the game in the first 21 and a half minutes of play and never looked back, as the Oilers fell to 12-6-2 with the loss and settled for a split on their two-game California adventure.
The Oilers return to Rogers Place for a match against the Colorado Avalanche. The game can be seen on Sportsnet West and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. Puck drop is 7:08 p.m. MT.
"I saw a team that was desperate and trying to get back in the race, and a team that was content with where they're at," said Head Coach Dave Tippett, referencing a Sharks squad that has now won four in a row after starting the season 4-10-1. "The desperate team usually wins those games."
The Sharks feasted on the Oilers in the opening frame, with Brent Burns tallying their first of three goals in the period at 4:01 with a sizzling wrist shot from the top of the circle that just snuck underneath the crossbar past Mike Smith.
The home side extended its lead to 2-0 at the 7:27 mark when the team's leading goal scorer Evander Kane hammered home a rebound after a point shot by Brendan Dillon struck iron for his 11th of the season.
The Oilers came within inches of cutting the Sharks lead in half a few minutes later when Patrick Russell rang a close-range shot off the post as he strives to secure his first NHL goal after getting his first point on Sunday in Anaheim.
Patrick Marleau padded the lead at the 11:12 mark when he deflected a Tim Heed point shot past Smith for his fourth goal in 15 games since returning to the Sharks, with whom he spent the first 19 years of his storied NHL career.
"They start really strong at home... everyone knows that coming in here," Leon Draisaitl said of San Jose's three-goal flurry. "We weren't ready, and being down 3-0 in this building is hard to come back from."
One bright spot of the opening frame was the Oilers penalty kill staying red-hot as they erased their 11th consecutive infraction when Joakim Nygard - back in the lineup after missing four weeks with injured ribs - took a high-sticking minor.
San Jose extended its lead to 4-0 just 1:26 into the middle frame on another deflection as Timo Meier's wrister from the top of the circle was tipped by Barclay Goodrow and beat Smith, who had reacted to stop the initial Meier attempt.
The Oilers were able to get on the board at 9:57 of the second when the NHL's points leader added to his totals, as Draisaitl's wrist shot deflected off Burns' stick and past Martin Jones to cut the deficit to 4-1.
The German superstar moved up to 15 goals and 35 points with the tally, extending his point streak to 10 games, while Ethan Bear and Sam Gagner earned their sixth and second points of the season, respectively, with the helpers.
The visitors kept some positive momentum going after their opening goal by completing a 12th straight successful penalty kill after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was handed a tripping minor.
Tempers flared for the division rivals with just under five minutes on the clock when Tomas Hertl stuck his hip out on Connor McDavid, sending the Oilers captain to the ice. Zack Kassian was not a fan of the hit and went after Hertl, with both players receiving minors. The melee also resulted in Brandon Manning dropping the gloves with Goodrow, with the Edmonton pugilist receiving a game misconduct on top of his five-minute major.
Hertl got the last laugh after the dust settled, scoring on yet another deflection that snuck through Smith's pads with 2:26 to go in the period to re-establish San Jose's four-goal cushion at 5-1.
Smith stoned Kane on a penalty shot 3:36 into the third period to preserve the four-goal gap, and the Oilers also executed their 13th consecutive successful penalty kill in the first half of the final frame.
They turned that momentum into their second goal of the game at the 9:08 mark of the third as McDavid stole the puck in the attacking zone and dropped it back to Draisaitl, who found Kassian on the doorstep for his sixth of the season.
Draisaitl extended his lead over all other scorers in the League with point number 36, while McDavid moved up to 31 with the other assist on Kassian's 14th point of the campaign.
The Sharks added another just 1:22 later, though, as Meier made it 6-2, but the Oilers refused to relent as Gagner banked home his first of the season from behind the net off Jones and in to make it 6-3 at the 12:18 mark.
Nygard collected an assist in his first game back while Patrick Russell got the other helper for his second NHL point and second in as many games on the road trip, rounding out the scoring during Tuesday's matchup.
"We hold ourselves to a high standard, and when you hold yourself to that kind of standard, games like this are unacceptable," Darnell Nurse said of the Oilers performance. "This is not a game we're going to dwell on or carry into next game, but there's a lot of really good lessons we need to learn."
The Oilers return to Rogers Place for a pair of games, hosting the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday and Dallas Stars on Sunday before heading right back to San Jose for a rematch with the Sharks next Tuesday.