NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at San Jose
(Thursday, March 9th)
Final Score: San Jose 5, Edmonton 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Rookie Steve Bernier had the best night of his young career with two goals and an assist, as San Jose downed the Edmonton Oilers, 5-2, at the Shark Tank.
Milan Michalek added a goal and two assists while netminder Vesa Toskala turned away 19 shots for the Sharks, who snapped a three-game losing skid.
Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres both scored and Radek Dvorak had two helpers for Edmonton, which has lost six of its last eight games.
Dwayne Roloson, who was acquired from Minnesota for a first-round pick in 2006 and a conditional draft selection on Wednesday, allowed five goals on 31 shots in his Oilers debut.
"I felt pretty good in there," Roloson said. "I played OK. I felt shaky, I haven't played in awhile."
Both teams scored a pair of goals in the middle frame to send the game into the third knotted at 2-2.
Michalek opened the scoring 1:01 into the stanza to give San Jose the initial lead. Teammate Joe Thornton was denied from point-blank range several times, but Michalek swept in and poked a rebound into the back of the net.
Stoll tied the game at the 8:29 mark on a one-timer from between the circles, but the Sharks reclaimed a one-goal edge about three minutes later on another rebound putback, this time off the stick of Patrick Marleau.
Torres made it 2-2 with 3:52 remaining with his 22nd tally of the season.
The Sharks, however, poured in two quick goals to start the third period and assume command of the game.
The first came right off the opening faceoff, as Jonathan Cheechoo chased down Nils Ekman's dump into the zone and then fed the disc into the left slot for Thornton, who banged it into the cage just 11 seconds in.
Just over three minutes later, Bernier polished off a 3-on-1 chance with a rebound goal from the left side to make it 4-2.
Bernier added a one-timer tally with 2:46 remaining to ensure the win.
Earlier Thursday, Edmonton acquired left winger Sergei Samsonov from the Boston Bruins in exchange for center Marty Reasoner, a second- round pick and prospect Yan Stastny. Samsonov did not play...Ville Nieminen, who was obtained by San Jose on Wednesday from New York, was a minus-1 in 10:31 of ice time.
03/10 01:54:25 ET