San Jose at Edmonton

Couture's goals give Sharks shoutout victory over Oilers

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Logan Couture knows the score: The San Jose Sharks are desperate for points.

He helped them pick up two Wednesday night.

Couture scored twice in regulation and added a shootout goal, and Dan Boyle netted the tiebreaker winner in the Sharks' 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

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After Couture pulled the Sharks within a goal on a power play at 6:50 of the third, Tommy Wingels tied it at 9:15. San Jose snapped a two-game losing streak with its second victory in eight games.

"It's a battle every night," Couture said. "There are no easy points in this conference, every single team is so good. To win the way that we were able to and come back with two goals in the third, hopefully that can get us going in the right direction.

"We needed something. We need all the points we can get right now," Couture said. "We need to find ways to get points every single night right now."

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan credited Couture for being a real spark for the team in the comeback win.

"Logan is always really determined, but he gets excited to come here and play in Edmonton, I don't know why," he said. "He had six shots on goal, a couple of goals, and an amazing shot in the shootout. We're really proud of him and we're happy to have him."

Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Jones scored for Edmonton. The Oilers have earned eight points in their last five games.

The Oilers opened the scoring midway through the first period on a power play. Nail Yakupov fed the puck across the ice to Gagner, who had time to tee up a slap shot from the top of the circle that beat Antti Niemi to the glove side. It was Gagner's 12th goal of the season.

"It is very disappointing losing the penalty shots," Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said. "We are a good team at that.

"It's painful, but we have to look at the fact that we have points in five games and move forward," he said. "But right now of course the pain of giving up a 3-1 lead dominates."

Couture tied it off a rebound with just under six minutes to play in the period.

Edmonton regained the lead with 8 minutes left in the second period. Nick Schultz picked up a pass as he stepped on the ice from the penalty box, raced in on a 2-on-1 and fed Horcoff.

The Oilers made it 3-1 early in the third period when Jones stole the puck from defender Matt Irwin behind the San Jose net and hooked around to send the puck through Niemi's legs.

Couture scored his 14th goal of the season to make it 3-2, sending a shot through traffic and past Dubnyk, and Wingels tied it with a quick wrist shot.

Notes

  • Both teams are off until Saturday. Edmonton closes out a four-game homestand against St. Louis, and the Sharks are at Minnesota for the fourth game of a five-game trip.
  • It was the last of three meetings between the two teams. The Sharks spoiled the Oilers' home opener Jan. 22 by scoring six first-period goals in a 6-3 win, and San Jose won 3-2 at home in a shootout.
  • Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins missed the game because of the flu.
  • Defenseman Marc-Edouard played in his 500th NHL game, all with San Jose.
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Logan Couture (right) scores twice in regulation and adds a shootout goal againstg the Oilers. (AP)
Logan Couture (right) scores twice in regulation and adds a shootout goal againstg the Oilers. (AP)

Scoreboard
San Jose  (13-10-6) «10201 (2)4
Edmonton (11-11-7)11100 (1)3
Three Stars
S. Horcoff
EDM


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
L. Couture
SJ


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
R. Jones
EDM


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:47Power Play - Sam Gagner (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Yakupov, Whitney
14:19 - Logan Couture (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Havlat
2ND PERIOD
12:07 - Shawn Horcoff (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Schultz, Petrell
3RD PERIOD
04:07 - Ryan Jones (1), Wrap Shot, Unassisted.
06:50Power Play - Logan Couture (14), Snap Shot. Assist: Boyle, Thornton
09:15 - Tommy Wingels (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Galiardi, Gomez
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
  - Jordan Eberle (2), GOAL
  - Logan Couture (2), GOAL
  - Dan Boyle (2), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:48Murray, 2 min, Interference
10:11Boyle, 2 min, Tripping
18:52Desjardins, 2 min, Roughing
18:52Jones, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
02:36Havlat, 2 min, Interference
02:36Havlat, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
02:36Havlat, 10 min, Gross Misconduct
10:00Schultz, 2 min, Interference
18:31Wingels, 2 min, Delaying Game
3RD PERIOD
06:12Whitney, 2 min, Interference
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
SJ981734
EDM581225
 
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