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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Edmonton

by Cecile Nguyen / San Jose Sharks
After giving up the initial goal, San Jose scores six unanswered goals from six different players to win the game 6-1. Joe Thornton collects three assists, his 46th career three-plus assists night. Joe Pavelski tallies a goal and two assists. John McCarthy scores his first career goal. With the quick turnaround, the Sharks have very little time to enjoy their second consecutive win. San Jose will take on the Calgary Flames Sunday at 5 p.m.


Sharks win 6-1.

Less than a minute remain as the Sharks are just playing keep away from the Oilers.

Niittymaki makes a routine save as the game winds down.

Some great work down low and around the board earns the Sharks another goal. John McCarthy scores his first ever goal after collecting a rebound of Torrey Mitchell's shot and shooting it in pass Khabibulin. San jose extends their lead to 6-1

Jamal Mayers sees some action for the first time having just completed his 17 minutes worth of penalties.

Jason Demers joins Mayers, who is still in the box, for holding.

Khabibulin makes the save but drops his stick in the process. The Oilers take control of the puck behind the net.

Twenty seconds after extending their lead to 4-1, Sharks tally another goal. Thornton cleanly wins the faceoff and passes it back to Boyle who slaps it from the blueline with Heatley screening Khabibulin. San Jose continues to dominate the faceoff circle winning 26 of 41.

Vandermeer goes off to the penalty box for slashing. Sharks go on their fifth powerplay of the night.

Joe Pavelski and Ryane Clowe connect to add to their lead. San Jose got a two-on-none down low, Pavs passes it to Clowe who bangs it into the open net. Khabibulin had no chance on that. Sharks lead 4-1 now.

The puck careens off the boards toward the open side of net but Dan Boyle knocks the puck clear out of any potential danger.


After a penalty-filled second period (23 minutes from the Sharks and nine from the Oilers), the Sharks go into the lockerroom with a 3-1 lead. San Jose got 13 shots on Khabibulin during the second stanza alone.

Joe Pavelski scores his third goal of the season after his initial shot was blocked by an Edmonton defenseman's stick but Little Joe kept at it and knocks the puck over Khabibulin. Sharks' lead 3-1. Heatley and Joe Thornton earn the assist.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic pinches in after the puck squeaks to the quiet side of the ice but his shot rings off the crossbar. Sharks however draws another penalty.

Niittymaki makes a huge save and knocks the rebound safely into the corner.

Sharks penalty expires.

Edmonton's Horcoff shot misses the open net.

Jamal Mayers gets 17 minutes worth of penalties (10-minute misconduct, five minutes for fighting and two minutes for instigating). Stortini also earns five for fighting. Oilers go on the powerplay for two minutes.

Couture nets his third goal of the season. Jamie McGinn goes behind Khabibulin and tried to stuff it in. Couture collects the loose puck and pops it high into the net.

Boyle pinches in and has an open net after Khabibulin gives up the rebound but the Russian netminder's quick pad blocks the potential goal.

Despite Dustin Penner's big body in front. Niittymaki successfully makes the save without giving up the rebound.

Niittymaki comes way out of the net to make a save during the penalty kill.

Niclas Wallin gets tacked with a hooking penalty on Dustin Penner.

Couture gets a really good chance at the net from in close during the four-on-four play but Khabibulin was up to make the save.

The quick feet of Joe Pavelski draws a slashing penalty from Edmonton to wipe out the remainder of their powerplay.

San Jose gains the zone and trys to set up play. After an Oiler takeaway, Setoguchi is hit with a boarding call.

Scott Nichol's hit on Whitney was called for interference. Nichol goes to the penalty box for two minutes to give the Oilers their first powerplay of the night.

Logan Couture's shot zings off the post.


With one period in the books, the game is tied 1-1. San Jose, for the second night, dominates the faceoff circle early, winning 13 of 17. With the help of two powerplay, the Sharks have eight shots on goal versus six from the Oilers.

Jason Demers is called for a high stick as Brule goes back into the sin bin for a holding call. Four-on-four action ensues.

Dany Heatley tips in Joe Pavelski's shot from the point to tie up the game on the powerplay. The fans at Rexall Place voiced their displeasure. The two Joes got the assists. Game is tied 1-1.

Sharks go back on the powerplay with a hooking call against Oilers' Brule. San Jose hopes to put a few more shots on goal on Khabibulin who has only seen the biscuit three times so far this game.

Huge hit from Ryane Clowe low in the Edmonton zone.

Heatley and Thornton try and hook up for a bang bang play but was foiled by the Oiler defense. Heatley is being booed by the Edmonton crowd every time he touches the puck. If you can recall, the former Ottawa Senator denied a huge trade to the Oilers two seasons ago.

Quick wrister from Devin Setoguchi makes its way to Oiler's netminder Nikolai Khabibulin who makes the save.

Jordan Eberle stronghands the puck pass Dan Boyle and Niittymaki and puts the puck into the net for the game's first goal of the game. Edmonton up 1-0 on the shorthanded goal.

Oilers' Sam Gagner goes hard to the net and runs straight onto Niittymaki, who then hits his head on the crossbar. Gagner is tagged with goaltender interference.

The big three of Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley take the ice to start out the game for San Jose.

Antero Niittymaki earns his second consecutive start in net tonight in Edmonton after Thursday's 4-3 win in Colorado.

Patrick Marleau is one point shy of his 700th career point.
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