SAN JOSE, Calif.
-- The streak is over. After putting together a franchise record 11-consecutive wins, the Sharks were defeated by the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 (SO) at HP Pavilion on Sunday night.
San Jose was led by Captain Patrick Marleau
, who netted a power-play goal in the first period, and then kept the Sharks in the shootout by scoring on his third-round attempt. However, the Sharks offense couldn't solve Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who turned aside 48 shots on the night.
Since opening the season with a 3-2 shootout loss in Edmonton on October 4, the Sharks had split the past two games against the Oilers with a 3-0 win on January 29 and a 3-2 loss on February 14.
The big first period highlight in the early going was a crushing hit by Douglas Murray
on Ladislav Smid 3:36 into the contest.
Successive minors to the Oilers provided San Jose with 39 seconds of five-on-three time late in the period and Team Teal made them pay. After a Brian Campbell shot rang off the post, San Jose regained possession and worked the puck to Pavelski at the point. “Little Joe” uncorked a bomb that Roloson got a piece of, but not enough as it careened off of Marleau's skate and trickled across the line.
San Jose outshot Edmonton 19-6 in the first and took the 1-0 lead to the intermission.
The Sharks were in full attack mode to begin the second, led by Jonathan Cheechoo with two attempts on the doorstep that Roloson somehow snagged. Midway through the contest, San Jose was outshooting Edmonton 32-9, but it was still just the 1-0 lead.
Edmonton would strike for the tying tally when matching minors to Craig Rivet and Jody Shelley put San Jose down a man for two full minutes late in the second. The Oilers would not need that long to connect when Alex Hemsky blasted a shot that was tipped out front, letting it slide by Nabokov. The Sharks were able to kill off the second minor.
Edmonton looked to make it 2-1 when a Sharks turnover provided Dustin Penner the puck along down low, but Nabokov make an excellent poke check to prevent a shot from happening.
Despite outshooting Edmonton 35-12 through forty minutes, San Jose would be looking to retake the lead in the third.
|Oilers right wing Zack Stortini and Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo battle for the puck on March 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) |
In the third period, the ice began tilting a little in the direction of Nabokov. However, even when Edmonton was given the period’s first power play, they could not find the go-ahead goal.
San Jose was awarded a power play with just under seven left in regulation, but came up empty themselves. Their hard work was rewarded though as Edmonton was whistled again just as even strength play resumed. That effort too was turned back and it looked as if the game would head to the extra session.
Then Roloson made the mistake of handling the puck outside the trapezoid area and the Sharks would finish regulation up a man. The tally didn’t come, but Team Teal would have 31 seconds of four-on-three time to start overtime.
Marleau, Thornton, Setoguchi and Campbell were sent out as the Sharks top line in overtime, but the quartet couldn't convert with half-a-minute of power play time. Thornton had the Sharks greatest scoring opportunity after a poor change by Edmonton left the center on a two-on-zero alongside Campbell with 1:45 seconds remaining. Thornton's shot was turned aside and the Oilers and Sharks were headed for shootouts.
The Sharks got off to a rough start with both Pavelski and Roenick being turned aside by Roloson. Edmonton's Robert Nilsson netted a wrist shot over Nabokov's right blocker on the Oilers first attempt, but when Sam Gagner had the chance to win it on Edmonton's second attempt, the center hit the post and kept San Jose in the game.
Marleau was third to shoot for San Jose and the captain placed a wrist shot over Roloson's right blocker. The Sharks were back in it.
With the game in hand, Ales Hemsky fired his shot wide and the shootout stayed tied 1-1.
The fourth round of shooters started with Cheechoo and the Sharks right wing was denied by a glove stop by Roloson. Edmonton sent out Fernando Pisani and his wrist shot snuck past Nabokov to give Edmonton the 2-1 (SO) victory. LINES
Michalek - Thornton - Cheechoo
Pavelski - Marleau - Setoguchi
Rissmiller - Mitchell - Grier
Shelley - Goc - Roenick
Murray - Campbell
Vlasic - Ehrhoff
Rivet - McLaren
Nabokov - Boucher STREAKING
The Sharks 11-game win streak was the longest single-season streak in the NHL since New Jersey won 11-consecutive games from March 28 - April 18, 2006. The next most recent streak is also New Jersey, who won 13 games from Feb. 26 through March 23, 2001.
The Sharks will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Kings on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 PM. The game will be broadcast on FSN+ and then joined in progress on FSN Bay Area following the conclusion of the Warriors game. Fans can also tune in to 98.5 KFOX FM, Sharks Radio affiliates and SJSHARKS.com.