NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Edmonton
(Monday, November 21st)
Final Score: Edmonton 2, San Jose 1 (SO)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth each scored in the shootout phase, as Edmonton handed San Jose its sixth straight loss with a 2-1 decision at Rexall Place.
Michael Morrison made 21 saves in his second NHL start and stopped two shootout chances as well for the Oilers, who posted their third win in four games. Marty Reasoner tallied Edmonton's lone regulation marker.
Patrick Marleau recorded a goal and Evgeni Nabokov registered 20 saves for the struggling Sharks, who fell to 0-3-3 over their last six and haven't scored more than three times in any of their last nine contests.
"The good thing is that we're all in a scoring drought together, so hopefully we'll all break out of it at the same time," said San Jose wing Scott Thornton.
After both teams came up empty in the extra period, San Jose's Niko Dimitrakos couldn't get a clean shot off to start the shootout and Nabokov made a pad save on Raffi Torres. The Sharks' Jonathan Cheechoo then tried to sneak the puck under Morrison's right pad, but the rookie netminder stoned his attempt.
"The first one (Dimitrakos') rolled off his stick and I was actually a little disappointed," said Morrison. "Then on Cheechoo's (shot), I kind of had an idea he would try that move."
Hemsky would rip a shot by Nabokov stick-side to put the Oilers up one in the shootout, but Marco Sturm flipped a shot over Morrison's left shoulder to tie it. Smyth then put a wrister under Nabokov's right arm and into the net for the clincher.
San Jose opened the scoring just over six minutes into the second period, taking advantage of a hooking penalty on the Oilers' Michael Peca. Brad Stuart fed Marleau for a one-timer from the right point that beat Morrison up high when the goaltender went low.
Edmonton would draw even in the final seconds of the second. Marc-Andre Bergeron flipped the puck up ice and Reasoner chased it down behind the net before sending a pass to Fernando Pisani. Nabokov stopped Pisani twice in close, but Reasoner would jam the disc home with 38 seconds remaining in the session.
The Oilers nearly scored a minute before that, as Peca beat Nabokov with a blast from the right side that was cleared by Sharks defenseman Rob Davison just before the puck went over the line.
Neither squad could finish in the third period, and had their chances in the extra time. Nabokov knocked away a 2-on-1 try by Radek Dvorak with under two minutes to go in overtime, while Morrison returned the favor by stopping Marleau from close range with about a minute left.
Edmonton controlled play throughout most of a scoreless first period, but Nabokov stopped 10 shots and the Oilers failed to convert three power-play tries.
San Jose's Scott Parker played his first game of the season. He had been sidelined since getting hit in the face with the puck in an exhibition game...Edmonton finished 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Sharks converted on 1-of-6 tries with the extra skater...Edmonton's Todd Harvey returned to action after missing three straight games with an ankle injury...Marleau's goal was his team-best ninth of the season...The Oilers have won nine of their last 13 games.
11/22 02:34:45 ET