Couture Lifts Sharks Past Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta (CBS / AP) — Logan Couture scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the San Jose Sharks snapped a five-game slide with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.
Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist while Torrey Mitchell also scored for the Sharks (34-25-9), who are trying to get back into the playoff picture after losing 11 of their previous 13 games.
San Jose is one point back of eighth-place Colorado in the tight Western Conference race. The Avs won 3-2 in overtime against Anaheim on Monday.
Ryan Whitney and Taylor Hall scored for the Oilers (26-36-7), who have lost six of seven.
San Jose got off to a fast start, taking advantage when Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk lost sight of a bouncing puck. Mitchell converted a rebound of a Tommy Wingels shot just 1:07 into the game.
The Oilers tied it with 49 seconds left in the first. Whitney wound up from the top of the faceoff circle and fired a shot past Antti Niemi while both teams were down to four players a side.
Dubnyk made up for his earlier gaffe midway through the second, coming across to make a huge stick save on a rebound attempt by T.J. Galiardi.
The Sharks went up 2-1 on the power play a minute later. Patrick Marleau fed a pass through to Thornton, who snapped home his 15th of the season.
Edmonton drew even again with five minutes to play in the second on a tremendous effort by Hall. After blocking a shot at his own blue line, Hall turned on the jets to outrace a pair of San Jose defenders to the puck and beat Niemi for his 26th of the season.
The Sharks got their go-ahead goal 38 seconds into the third period when Dan Boyle unleashed a hard shot from the point that Couture tipped past Dubnyk while on the power play.
NOTES: It was the fourth and final scheduled meeting between the teams this season. Edmonton won two of the first three in shootouts. … San Jose had gone six games without a power-play goal before scoring with the man advantage in the second period. … Oilers F Ben Eager returned to the lineup after missing two games with the flu. … Sharks winger Marty Havlat could return as early as next week. He has been out since Dec. 21 with a hamstring injury. … The last time the Sharks missed postseason play was in 2003.
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