SAN JOSE, CA -
The San Jose Sharks scored two goals late in the first period and two more quick ones early in the second en route to a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the SAP Center on Thursday night.
Edmonton’s lone goal was scored by Nail Yakupov.
"They proved why their record is the way it is and in parts of the game we proved why our record is the way it is," said Oilers captain Andrew Ference after the game. "If you're going to come in here and make a game of it you have to limit your mistakes."
Head Coach Dallas Eakins agreed with his captain.
"We have to step away from this whole idea that 'we're skilled we're skilled we're skilled," he said. "We have to defend first."
In the second period, Eakins sat the team's top line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and David Perron for a stretch.
After the game, Eakins talked about sitting them.
"They weren't doing anything. We're not a deep enough team to have the luxury of them having an off night," he said, adding that he spoke with the trio in between the second and third periods.
"I talked to the line in between periods and what my concerns were I let them know how important they were to our team's success and then I let them get back out there."
The Sharks were on the attack early on. The best chance came about three minutes in as Dan Boyle skated in all alone on Dubnyk but Jeff Petry was able to catch up to him and strip him from behind before he could get a shot on goal.
Boyd Gordon was tripped up behind his own net by Matt Nieto just past the four-minute mark, giving Edmonton the game's first power play. However, the Sharks were able kill off the penalty and then had a flurry of opportunities in the Edmonton end. Dubnyk made a series of big stops to keep the game scoreless.
Perron was sent off for hooking Matt Irwin in his own end, sending the Sharks on their first man advantage of the night near the period’s midway point. On the ensuing power play, Gagner nearly scored on a shorthanded scoring attempt. He broke in behind the Sharks defence and tried to get around goaltender Antti Niemi but the Finnish goalie was able to get a toe on it.
Sharks finally got on the board after a rebound bounced out to Joe Pavelski who then dished it over to Brent Burns for a tap-in with Dubnyk out of the play. The goal came with just over five minutes to play in the first and on the heels of a San Jose power play.
49 seconds later, San Jose made it a 2-0 game after Patrick Marleau wired a shot top corner.
"The game was fine. We were playing fine until the second goal. It was laid on a platter along the wall. Big problem," said Eakins.
Shots on goal after one were 17-7 for San Jose.
At the 7:18 mark, after an extended period in the Edmonton zone, Bracken Kearns wired a wrist shot from the high slot past Dubnyk to make it a three-goal game.
For the second time in the game, San Jose struck for a quick second goal. Logan Couture got in behind the Oilers defence and took a nice stretch pass from John McCarthy before firing a wrist shot glove side past Dubnyk for the goal 1:27 later.
Edmonton finally got on the board with 4:21 to play in the middle frame. Nail Yakupov caught the puck at the hashmarks, put it down and fired it past Niemi to put Edmonton on the board. Gagner and Eberle got the assists.
Shots after two were 27-13 for the Sharks.
Just about five minutes into the final frame, Joe Pavelski teed up a blast from inside the right point position past Dubnyk to extend the San Jose lead to 5-1.