Edmonton at San Jose

Oilers 3, Sharks 2

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Mathieu Garon hadn't had much luck in his career against the San Jose Sharks until Thursday night.

Garon held the Sharks scoreless on eight power-play attempts and the Edmonton Oilers defeated San Jose 3-2.

"It's always tough to get a win here in San Jose," Garon said. "It's one of the first times I've won here and I think it's huge for us starting a road trip."

Coming into the game, Garon was only 1-5-1 in 10 career games against San Jose while playing for Montreal and Los Angeles.

"We did a good job killing penalties, especially those five-on-threes and that made a difference," Garon said.

"It was just one of those games where everyone is shell-shocked by the number of penalties," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "It was pretty incredible. Killing that six-on-three down to the last second was quite incredible."

Everyone on the Oilers was amazed that Garon was able to defend against so many power plays.

"Guys did a great job and again," Kyle Brodziak said. "Matty Garon was pretty unbelievable keeping us in the game and they had a lot of shots, but he made a number of big saves and controlled a lot of rebounds for us so that's a huge advantage when you're on the penalty kill."

The Sharks now will embark on an eight-game road trip, and won't play at home again until March 3. While enjoying a 17-5-13 mark on the road, the team saw its home mark fall to 14-13-5.

"We had, I don't know why, a lot of guys who weren't really committed, maybe they took the Oilers lightly," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. "We worked hard to get those power plays but they couldn't bring the passion they needed to score."

Edmonton scored first when Hemsky capitalized on a power play with 18:29 remaining in the second period. Hemsky scored his 15th goal on a backhand after getting the rebound of a Sam Gagner wraparound that ricocheted off the goal.

For the past four weeks, Hemsky has played with a sore wrist that he puts a removable cast on when he's not playing.

Edmonton increased its lead to 2-0 when Brodziak scored with 10:27 left in the second when Zack Stortini's scoring attempt was easily stopped by goalie Evgeni Nabokov, but the puck landed in front of Brodziak, who then tapped in his ninth goal of the season.

San Jose made it 2-1 when Joe Pavelski scored with 3:17 left in the second. Garon stopped Marc-Edouard Vlasic's shot when the puck rolled to Pavelski, who scored his 12th goal of the season.

The Oilers made it 3-1 in the third when Ethan Moreau grabbed the puck after Kyle McLaren missed it with more than 16 minutes left in the game. Moreau then passed to Pisani, who slapped the puck between Nabokov's legs for his sixth goal of the season.

"I was just trying to keep it in and keep it in front of me," McLaren said. "It bounced over my stick and right onto his. You try to catch those pucks, it's pretty hard. It was an unfortunate bounce. I would have played different knowing it was going to bounce like that, it's too bad."

Mike Grier scored a short-handed goal with more than 11 minutes left in the game to make it 3-2. It was Grier's seventh goal of the season.

Nabokov, who leads all goalies in minutes played and victories, stopped 15 shots, but suffered his 18th loss.


San Jose captain Patrick Marleau missed his second successive game with a groin injury. ... The Oilers need only two goals to register their 8,000th regular-season goal in franchise history. ... Edmonton leads the NHL with 12 shootout victories. ... Wilson needs five victories to pass Darryl Sutter (192) become the winningest Sharks' head coach. ... Sharks center Joe Thornton needs one assist for 500 for his career.

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Edmonton  (27-27-5) «0213
San Jose (31-18-8)0112
Three Stars
M. Garon

Saves: 28
Save Pct.: .933
J. Pavelski

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
M. Grier

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
01:31Power Play - Ales Hemsky (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Sam Gagner, Dustin Penner
09:33Kyle Brodziak (9), Slap Shot. Assist: Zack Stortini, Curtis Glencross
16:43Joe Pavelski (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Milan Michalek
03:33Fernando Pisani (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ethan Moreau
08:34Short - Mike Grier (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Craig Rivet
Penalty Summary
09.0Stoll, 2 min, Slashing
04:47Michalek, 2 min, Interference
04:47Ozolinsh, 2 min, Hooking
11:18Brodziak, 2 min, Hooking
11:37Smid, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
15:55Hemsky, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
18:42Reasoner, 2 min, Slashing
19:41Moreau, 2 min, Roughing
19:41Shelley, 4 min, Roughing
14:52Staios, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
14:52Goc, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
07:09Ozolinsh, 2 min, Holding
13:11Moreau, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
19:21Staios, 2 min, Hooking
19:51Stoll, 2 min, Hooking
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Mathieu Garon59:53282
Evgeni Nabokov58:47153
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