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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Sharks

by Kristi Hennessy / Edmonton Oilers
THE TURNING POINT


The turning point of the game was written maybe three different times tonight. The first major turn of events was the Oilers scoring back-to-back goals to start the third period off on fire. Things were going well and the Oilers battled hard against the Sharks. Getting chances all over the ice and Jeff Deslauriers stopping pucks by some of the strongest offensive players in the league. Two more did manage to slip by him after our stellar start to the period. With Moreau hovering around the net every shift, one is bound to go in. Well his second went in just two minutes after Brule's goal.

The main  turning point in the game however was Potulny's second goal and what 16,839 fans thought was the go ahead goal. With under three to go, Pavelski heads to the box for hooking. Instead of putting the nail in the coffin, the Oilers gave up a shorthanded goal to none other than Patrick Marleau.


Marleau tips his hat to complete his first hat trick of the season.


TOP PERFORMERS

OILERS - Ryan Potulny played a very strong game tonight. He grabs the Oilers first goal in the second period unassisted to tie the game 1-1. He then got a huge goal for the Oilers late in the third period to give the Oilers the lead.

Gilbert Brule had an impressive game playing on the top line with Dustin Penner and Sam Gagner. Brule fired off a slap shot that just got a piece of Nabokov. Penner was there to pick up the puck and bury it in the net. His goal came just 2:02 after his nice assist. Brule made no mistake right in front of an open net.

SHARKS-
Patrick Marleau picks up the first star tonight notching a hat-trick and assisting on Clowe's goal. Marleau's third goal came just a minute and a half to go in the period not to mention it was a short handed goal. With his four point night, he moves up to 17 goals, 14 assists for 31 points just five behind Joe Thornton. Marleau had three goals in six shots and was a +3 in the game.

Joe Thornton was voted the NHL first star of the week for Nov.16- Nov.22. Joe Thornton is also neck and neck for NHL scoring leader. Coming into tonights game he was tied with Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar with 33 points. Tonight he picks up an assist on all three of Marleau's goals bringing him up to 36 points.



SAVE OF THE GAME


In the opening minutes of the second period, Potulny gave up the puck  which resulted in Deslauriers losing his stick. He had to be a sponge without his stick stopping a wrist shot from Ortmeyer and then a hard shap shot from
Murray from 51 feet out. Jeff Deslauriers had a great night against some of the strongest offensive snipers in the league. He was peppered with shots from Marleau, Thornton and Heatley. He saw 31 shots on goal, allowed four of them and threw away 27.




THE 4TH STAR

The fourth star of the night should be handed to Gilbert Brule for his strong efforts on the top line tonight. With Sam Gagner being a strong passer and Dustin Penner a great shooter and passer, the chemistry sure clicked tonight. Brule had four shots and three blocked shots tonight. He saw 19:30 minutes of ice time on the top line.



STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT

Ryan Potulny gets his first multi-point two goal game.
Colin McDonald plays his first career NHL game.

Patrick Moreau snatches his first hat trick of the year.
Joe Thornton gets three points tonight jumping back into the NHL leading scorer position with 36 points.




QUOTABLE

Oilers Head Coach Pat Quinn:

"We did a lot of really good things out there tonight. There is no way we should have lost that game. What's disappointing to me is all the good things we did and yet what has been our problem from day one is that we don't cover well around our net. For much of the night we played quite well against Thornton and his line, the top scorers in the league."

Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan:

"I didn't like our game. To tell you the truth there will be a lot of video that a lot of guys will see. I think we controlled the puck for some of it but then we went to sleep.  The sleep part of it concerns me a lot. Our skill set wasn't very polished."
BY THE NUMBERS

63- Zack Stortini is 4th in the NHL in PIM. He had a season high 17 PIM against Colorado Nov.18.

 600- Joe Thornton notched his 600th NHL assist on Nov. 20.

 250- Nabokov earned his 250th win this year on Oct.3rd.

  1- Sharks have the best power play in the NHL while on the road. 31.3%

  94.7%- Sharks are also 1st in the NHL on the PK at home.

36- Joe Thornton gets an assist on all three of Marleau's goals tonight bumping him into 1st spot for NHL leading scorer.







Author: Kristi Hennessy | edmontonoilers.com

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