It was a dissapointing night for the Sharks as their 11-game winning streak was broken by a 2-1 shootout loss to Edmonton. However, they did take away one point from the shootout and pad their Pacific Division lead over Anaheim and Dallas.
The Sharks put forth a strong effort on offense, taking 49 shots on Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson. But Edmonton's backstop was nearly perfect on the night and turned aside three of the four Sharks penalty shots to help secure the Oilers victory.
San Jose will settle for gaining one point in the standings and continuing their point streak.
“It’s great we had a nice run, but we’ve got to re-group and try to start another run,” said Jonathan Cheechoo.
“We have points in 12 straight games and put ourselves in a great position,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson.
Even though Roloson was on his game, the Sharks felt that they would eventually come up with the game-winner.
“We were still pretty confident it would come in overtime,” said Mike Grier.
Some would say the game was stolen by Roloson who stopped 48 shots on the night.
“We had more chances tonight than I can remember,” said Wilson. “Roloson made a ton of saves. He had glove saves, stretch saves, split saves, it was one of those nights for him. We can’t ask for more. We had scoring chances, and we moved the puck on the power play, but Roloson robbed us.”
“We had a lot of shots and played well, we just didn’t have enough traffic in front,” said Cheechoo. “Every goalie in the league that sees the puck will stop it.” NABOKOV STRONG AGAIN
The only goal Nabokov allowed on the night was on a five-on-three shorthanded situation. The tally came from a deflection he could do nothing about.
“I think it went off (Vlasic),” said Grier.
For Team Teal, they will come back to work on Monday realizing they still have points in 12 straight games and added to their division lead with the one point from the extra period.
“Right now we want to keep playing the way we are and peak toward the playoffs,” said Grier. “We gained another point on a couple of teams." DROPPING BYJoe Thornton
and Devin Setoguchi made a “surprise” visit to the youth hockey practice held at Sharks Ice following the conclusion of Saturday’s Sharks practice. The two forwards walked over to the center rink where the session was being held, hopped on the ice, mingled with the skaters and signed some autographs for about 15 minutes. This may periodically happen at various sessions so skaters and hockey classes should be on the look out.
Wilson has some guests in town. Christian Lafleur and his son, Simon, are here from Montreal. Simon is a life-long Sharks fan, born and raised in Montreal. He is an aspiring young hockey player, but was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease recently. After successfully completing his treatment, his dad decided that for his 16th birthday (which was Sunday), he and Simon would travel to San Jose to see his beloved Sharks play.
Wilson provided his season tickets to the family for Friday and Sunday and they attended the morning skate on Friday where Simon got to meet his favorite player, Patrick Marleau
Wilson also arranged for Simon to receive a Marleau jersey and he also gave Simon the pink “Hockey Fights Cancer” tie (which he inscribed and autographed) that he wore behind the bench on Oct. 18 and 20 as part of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer program.
LATE CHANGEJoe Pavelski
was originally credited with the Sharks lone goal, but that was later changed to Marleau.
With an assist on Marleau’s 16th goal of the season tonight, Brian Campbell extended his streak to five assists in four games.Joe Thornton
tallied his league-leading 65th assist of the season and now has eleven points (2-9=11) in the last eight games.
The Sharks had a season high 49 shots on goal, topping their previous high of 47 shots vs. the Los Angeles Kings on November 2, 2007. They fell one shot short of a franchise record of 50 shots set on February 14, 2004 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
OILERS HEAD COACH CRAIG MacTAVISH
“[Roloson], I think I’ve seen him at that level before, but I’ve never seen him better than he was tonight. He now has two straight games where he has come in and won us two hockey games in a critical stretch.”
“A win is a win is a win, especially here. I mean that haven’t been giving up a lot of those lately.”
The Sharks will visit Los Angeles on Tuesday in a 7:30 p.m. contest that will be available on FSN Bay Area (joined in progress and beginning on FSN Plus), 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.