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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Edmonton

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Both Niclas Wallin and Kent Huskins leaves the game early due to injuries and with only four defenseman, the Sharks still wins 4-3. Dan Boyle logs a game-high 30:31 in ice time. Benn Ferriero, who was recalled earlier today, scores less than two minutes into the game. Defenseman Justin Braun earns his first career point with an assist on Ferriero's goal and add another assist on Dany Heatley's goal in the second period. Heatley finishes with two goals and an assist.


Game over. Sharks hold off the late Edmonton rally to win 4-3.

Icing almost called against the Sharks but the puck slows down just before it reached near the end board wasting precious seconds on the Oilers' comeback attempt.

Edmonton scrambling around Antero Niittymaki and Douglas Murray and Dan Boyle colapses around their netminder. Niittymaki covers up for the faceoff to his left. Boyle already has 29:43 of ice time.

Joe Thornton, once again with the puck behind the net, finds a streaking Patrick Marleau who snaps one toward the Oilers' net but Devan Dubnyk makes the save.

Jim Vandermeer nets his first goal of the season for the Oilers. Sharks lead is now just 4-3. Sam Gagner earns the assist. The Edmonton crowd is getting back into the game for the first time since early in the second period.

Shawn Horcoff scores on a rebound to cut the Sharks lead down to 4-2. Jordan Eberle and Ray Whitney gets the assist.

Penalty expires as Logan Couture fires another shot on the Edmonton net.

Kurtis Foster gets tag with a hooking penalty. After the ref whistles the play dead when an Edmonton player control the puck, a scuffle erupts along the side board between the 10 skaters on the ice.

Joe Pavelski's streaks into the offensive zone and picks up the puck in the open ice and shots it over Devan Dubnyk's glove. Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley both get the assist. San Jose extends their lead to 4-1.

Sharks called for icing for the third consecutive time. Jamal Mayers takes and wins the faceoff in the zone after Logan Couture gets kicked out of the faceoff circle.

Antero Niittymaki makes a routine pad save on Shawn Horcoff's shot.

Devan Dubnyk makes the save on Torrey Mitchell's wrap around attempt.


San Jose wrestle control of the game away from Edmonton in the second period. Sharks put up 14 shots on the board, thanks to two powerplay, and limited the Oilers to just three shots on Antero Niittymaki. Dany Heatley scores twice to put Team Teal up 3-1.

Dany Heatley nets another goal. That's his 11th goal of the season and fourth goal in three games. Justin Braun and Joe Thornton both earn their second assists of the night. Sharks now lead 3-1.

Sharks penalty for too many men. Tommy Wingels will serve the two-minute minor.

Jamie McGinn's one-timer goes out of play for the stoppage. That's the Sharks' 10th shot on goal this period. Edmonton has one.

Justin Braun delivers a hit on the big Dustin Penner.

San Jose goes right back onto the powerplay on Ryan Jones' high stick. Jones unfortunately got in the way of the puck when his teammate's clearing attempt hits him in the face. Jones is knocked down to the ice on impact but gets up on his own and skates to the penalty box to serve his two-minute minor.

The Edmonton crowd boos when Dany Heatley's name is announced as the scorer, Oilers fans still pissed at Heatley for rejecting a blockbuster trade that would've made him an Edmonton Oiler back last season.

Dany Heatley's slapshot beats Devan Dubnyk and gives the Sharks a 2-1 lead. Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle earn the assist. San Jose snaps a 0-for-21 road powerplay slide spanning six-games.

Obvious boarding call against Taylor Hall who hit Captain Joe Thornton between the numbers early in the second period. San Jose powerplay unit only went out on the ice once in last night's game in Vancouver.

Both Niclas Wallin and Kent Huskins are missing from the Sharks bench to start the period. Sharks down to just four defenseman in the game.


After one period of play, the game remains tie at 1-1. San Jose put five shots on goal in that period compared to Edmonton's nine. Ray Whitney's leads all skaters with 8:26 of ice time. Niclas Wallin's return is deemed questionable after he was helped off the ice early in the first period. Logan Couture has the most shots on goal with three.

Jamal Mayers beats the Oiler defenseman and goes in alone on Devan Dubnyk late in the first period but Mayers' shot misses the net as time winds down. Defensman Kent Huskins is a tad slow to get up off the ice but does so and gingerly makes his way to the bench.

Captain Joe Thornton, from behind the net, passes to an open Dany Heatley at the side of the net but Heatley's shot hits the post.

A two-on-one rush develops in favor of the Oilers but Edmonton forward swings and misses on the one-timer.

Sharks finally get a line change after two icing call. But the puck doesn't get deep enough and Edmonton got two men in alone on Antero Niittymaki who came out of his net and makes the save.

Head Coach Todd McLellan force to use his timeout following a long shift and the icing call against San Jose. Also, McLellan hope to cool down the Oilers who have been in control of the puck for most of the last six minutes.

Huge save from Antero Niittymaki. A Sharks turnover in their own zone gave Shawn Horcoff a chance in front of Niittymaki alone. However, Niittymaki puts down his stick to stop Horcoff's backhand.

Niclas Wallin goes in hard for the check on Andrew Cogliano and then falls to the ice in obvious pain. Sharks athletic trainer Ray Tufts comes out to check Wallin and has to help him slowly skate off the ice into the lockerroom. San Jose will have to skate with five defenseman.

Sam Gagner scores on a rebound to tie up the game at 1-1. Dustin Penner got the assist.

Douglas Murray gets tag with a tripping penalty. The Oilers gets a four-on-three powerplay.

John McCarthy and Colin Fraser each get two minutes for roughing after a scrum near the benches.

Benn Ferriero scores early to put the Sharks up 1-0 on Devan Dubnyk. In only his second career game, Justin Braun collects his first career point with an assist. Logan Couture also earns the assist.


Scott Nichol and Devin Setoguchi are both not expected to suit up for the second consecutive game when the San Jose Sharks take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight. Tommy Wingels and Benn Ferriero, who were both recalled from the Worcester Sharks earlier today, might get a chance to crack the lineup.

Antero Niittymaki will make his 14th start this season on the back end of the back-to-back. Niittymaki owns a 7-2-3 record with 2.07 goal against.
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