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Under the Scope: Oilers vs Sharks

by Ryan Frankson / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers built a 3-1 advantage on San Jose in the early stages of the third period on the strength of goals from Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Jones, but the Sharks scored twice to force overtime and a shootout, prevailing in a 4-3 decision. Jordan Eberle scored for Edmonton in the shootout, but both Dan Boyle and Logan Couture tallied for the Sharks to give the visiting squad the two points.

Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:

With Ryan Whitney in the penalty box for interference, the Sharks cut the Oilers lead to 3-2 with 13:10 to go in the third as Joe Pavelski one-times a shot past Devan Dubnyk. San Jose scored again less than three minutes later, ultimately leading to their shootout win.

14 Penalty minutes for Sharks forward Martin Havlat on one play in the middle frame, taking two for interference, another two for unsportsmanlike conduct and a 10-minute misconduct
25 Hits for the Oilers compared to 21 for the Sharks as Edmonton out-hit its opponent for the fourth time in five games
13 Faceoffs won by Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff to lead both teams in the dot
79 Blocked shots on the season for Oilers blueliner Ladislav Smid, including three on Wednesday, to lead the entire NHL
80 Percentage of faceoffs won by Sharks pivot Scott Gomez

Shawn Horcoff
1 0 1 0 +1

Logan Couture
2 0 2 0 -1

Ryan Jones
1 0 1 2 +1

Antti Niemi
24 27 3 64:53 0.889


Devan Dubnyk
31 34 3 65:00 0.912

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - D

24:06 - 0 PTS, +1 rating

Justin Schultz - D

25:25 - 0 PTS, +1 rating

Oilers winger Ryan Jones scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday in fine fashion, stripping Matt Irwin of the puck behind the Sharks net and sneaking a wraparound through Antti Niemi's pads 4:07 into the third period.

Logan Couture had a great game for the Sharks, scoring two of their three regulation goals and then scoring again in the shootout to spur his team to victory. He also led his team with six shots on goal and logged the second-most playing time of all San Jose forwards at 20:32.

Nick Schultz had one of his best games of the season for Edmonton in a losing cause. The veteran defenceman was +2 with an assist, two hits and a blocked shot, jumping out of the penalty box to set up Shawn Horcoff's second period goal.

Wednesday's battle at Rexall was a matchup of the two teams with the highest percentages of their goals coming via the power play in the NHL. The Oilers led the way with 37% of their goals coming with the man advantage, and the Sharks generated 35% of their offence on the PP.

"Monkey? It was more like a yacht."

– Oilers forward Ryan Jones, asked how it felt to get the first goal of the season monkey off his back

Saturday, March 23 vs. St. Louis 
8:00pm MT
(CBC / 630 CHED)

It seems like just the other day the Oilers were returning from the longest road trip in franchise history, but their four-game homestand concludes on Saturday in the second half of CBC's Hockey Night In Canada double-header as the St. Louis Blue visit Rexall Place for an 8:00pm game. The Oilers then play a pair on the road in Nashville and St. Louis.

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