San Jose at Edmonton

Desharnais scores late in OT to lift Oilers over Sharks, 4-3

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) After struggling through the first part of the series, David Desharnais scored in OT to lift the Edmonton Oilers.

Desharnais' goal with less than two minutes to go in the first overtime helped the Oilers beat the Sharks 4-3 on Thursday night and push San Jose to the brink of elimination in the NHL playoffs.

The fourth-line center, in the slot, one-timed a Leon Draisaitl cross-ice pass past Sharks goaltender Martin Jones as the orange and blue-clad fans roared at Rogers Place.

''It feels amazing,'' said Desharnais, who was a trade-deadline pickup from Montreal. ''Everybody was tired a little bit on the ice, so I just jumped in the hole, and (Draisaitl) made a really good pass and I just tried to shoot it as quick as I could and it went in.''

Draisaitl also set up Mark Letestu late in the second period to cut the Sharks lead to 3-2.

''The first couple of games I hadn't been good, and tonight was a step in the right direction,'' said Draisaitl. ''I need to play like that. I'm expected to play like that.''

The Oilers lead the Western Conference quarterfinal series 3-2, with Game 6 Saturday night in San Jose. The series winner takes on the Anaheim Ducks in Round 2.

Patrick Maroon and Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton. Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Marleau, and David Schlemko replied for San Jose.

''It feels unreal right now, especially how we won,'' said Klefbom. ''They came out to play, and so did we.''

Boedker said it's a bottom-line game.

''It's always disappointing to lose. ... There is no way around that,'' said Boedker.

''We battled hard tonight and did some good things to take that 3-1 lead, but unfortunately we couldn't battle it out.''

The Oilers - looking for a bounce-back game after a 7-0 rout by the Sharks in Game 4 - dominated the first 10 minutes of the game.

Edmonton took a 1-0 lead at 5:28 when Maroon, standing at the edge of the crease, corralled a rebound off a Matt Benning shot to sweep the puck past Jones.

The Oilers also hit three goal posts - two by Darnell Nurse and one by Jordan Eberle - before San Jose responded at the midway point of the period.

Marcus Sorensen slap-passed the puck from the blue line to Chris Tierney, who then redirected the puck through the top of the crease to Boedker. Boedker then wristed the puck into an open net to complete the tic-tac-toe play.

The Sharks made it 2-1 with just over four minutes to go in the period. Taking advantage of a bad Oilers line change, Joe Thornton and Marleau broke in over the blue line on a two-on-one. Thornton's wrist shot leaked through Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and dribbled to the goal line, where Marleau stuffed it in. The Sharks increased their lead to 3-1 just under nine minutes into the second period. A wrist shot by Schlemko from the blue line fluttered its way through a crowd in the crease and over Talbot's right shoulder.

The Oilers cut the Sharks lead to one on the power play when Draisaitl backhanded the puck through a clutch of bodies in the slot to Letestu for a one-timer under the crossbar.

The Sharks smothered the Oilers attack for most of the third period until Klefbom blasted a shot from the blue line to tie the game with less than three minutes to play.

The Oilers dominated in overtime, outshooting San Jose 14-2, with Jones stoning Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from point-blank range before the Desharnais goal.

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Scoreboard
San Jose (2-3)21003
Edmonton  (3-2) «11114
Three Stars
D. Desharnais
EDM


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Jones
SJ


Saves: 44
Save Pct.: .917
P. Maroon
EDM


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:28 - Patrick Maroon (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Benning
10:12 - Mikkel Boedker (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Tierney, Sorensen
15:52 - Patrick Marleau (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Thornton, Dillon
2ND PERIOD
08:38 - David Schlemko (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Boedker, Ward
18:33Power Play - Mark Letestu (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Draisaitl, McDavid
3RD PERIOD
17:14 - Oscar Klefbom (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Desharnais, Benning
OT
18:15 - David Desharnais (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Draisaitl, Sekera
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
06:36Maroon, 2 min, Interference with Goalkeeper
15:09Meier, 2 min, Holding
17:08Burns, 2 min, Delay of Game
3RD PERIOD
12:29Dillon, 2 min, Tripping
OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123OTT
SJ1657230
EDM131381448
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Martin Jones 78:02444
Cam Talbot 78:13273
Game Information
Attendance - 18347
Referees - Dan O'Halloran, Ian Walsh
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Jonny Murray
 
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