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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Sharks

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers got a hard fought victory over a good Sharks team tonight, 2-1 in a shootout. The Oilers got a great effort in net from Devan Dubnyk and held on for the win.

The Oilers will now play on back-to-back nights as they travel to Vancouver to play on the Canucks Tuesday night.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

The turning point came right at the end of this one when Taylor Hall would score what turned out to be the winning goal in the shootout. Hall deked to his backhand beating Thomas Greiss who got a piece of the shot with his glove but not enough.

48 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 35 of 73 draws.
9 The amount of shots that Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle had in tonight's game, the most of any player.
40 The Oilers now sit at 40 points on the season with 34 games remaining.

Devan Dubnyk
45 44 1 65:00 .978

Dan Boyle
G A P +/- Shots
0 1 1 E 9

Jordan Eberle
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 1 5

Thomas Greiss
18 17 1 65:00 .944

Devan Dubnyk
45 44 1 65:00 .978

  Marc-Edouard Vlasic- D

27:05 - 0 PTS, E rating

  Ladislav Smid- D

28:26 - 0 PTS, +1 rating

Sam Gagner would score one of two shootout goals in helping the Oilers get the win tonight. Sam would beat Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss with a slick backhand to forehand deke.


The Oilers Devan Dubnyk was sensational between the pipes for Edmonton tonight. The Sharks outshot the Oilers 45-18 but Dubnyk stood tall, eventually getting the win in the shootout while being named the 'first star' of the game.

Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid continues to be a workhorse for Edmonton his season. Smid would play more minutes than any other player in tonight's game, logging 28:26. He was key in a shutdown role and finished with a +1 rating.

San Jose Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins wore number 69 in tonight's game. Not a very common number in the NHL, he is only the second player in league history to wear it. Mel Angelstad wore it for two games with the Washington Capitals back in 2003-04.

"You want to be a number one (goalie) in this league, you have to nail a few of these games together."

-- Oilers head coach Tom Renney on Dubnyk's performance.

Tuesday, January 24  vs. Vancouver
  8:00pm MST (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers play their final game before the All-Star break Tuesday night in Vancouver. It will be the fourth meeting of the year for these two teams with Edmonton having won one of the previous three. The game can be seen live on Sportsnet West.

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