San Jose at Edmonton

Karlsson, Couture lift Sharks over Oilers 7-4

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Erik Karlsson's two-game suspension didn't slow him down one bit.

Karlsson returned with a goal and three assists, Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson each scored twice, and the San Jose Sharks beat the slumping Edmonton Oilers 7-4 on Saturday.

Karlsson had been banned for an illegal check to the head of Kings forward Austin Wagner.

''It's never fun to be out of the lineup especially for the reason that I was out for - it was a little unjustified I think,'' Karlsson said. ''But I made the most of it and I watched the games and sometimes it's good to watch the game from afar, too, you figure a few things out. I was excited to get back today and do everything I could to stay in it and luckily it was only two (games).''

Joonas Donskoi and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks, who have won two in a row.

Connor McDavid had two goals and Caleb Jones and Leon Draisaitl also scored for the Oilers, who have lost a season-high five straight.

''They won the one-on-ones, they knocked us out of the box, they won the net front. They owned us,'' Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said.

McDavid got Edmonton on the board 6 1/2 minutes in, but Donskoi scored 17 seconds later. That was the first of six straight San Jose goals.

Hertl put the Sharks ahead with a spin move before beating goalie Cam Talbot for his 14th of the season. Couture buried a one-timer in the second period, and Erik Karlsson scored on a long screen shot.

''You can see his impact on our team with the players around him,'' DeBoer said of Erik Karlsson. ''You take him for granted a little bit, you realize when you take him out the hole is there and I think every week he's getting more comfortable here.''

In the third, Melker Karlsson redirected Brent Burns' point shot and Couture beat Talbot to a loose puck to make it 6-1.

Edmonton responded a couple minutes later when Jones recorded his first career goal.

''I'm sure in a couple of days when I look back on it, I will have a little smile,'' said the rookie defenseman, younger brother of Seth Jones of the Columbus Blue Jackets. ''But there was a lot of bad things tonight in our game. The moment I scored it, it just felt like a garbage-time goal.''

NOTES: Oilers F Jujhar Khaira returned to the lineup following a two-game suspension for an illegal cross-check.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Play at Calgary on Monday night.

Oilers: Host Winnipeg on Monday night.

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Scoreboard
San Jose  (21-12-7) «2237
Edmonton (18-17-3)1034
Three Stars
E. Karlsson
SJ


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
L. Couture
SJ


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
C. Jones
EDM


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:28 - Connor McDavid (20), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rattie, Draisaitl
06:44 - Joonas Donskoi (7), Snap Shot. Assist: Karlsson, Hertl
10:13 - Tomas Hertl (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Burns, Karlsson
2ND PERIOD
06:39 - Logan Couture (14), Snap Shot. Assist: Thornton, Pavelski
18:45 - Erik Karlsson (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Goodrow, Donskoi
3RD PERIOD
02:41 - Melker Karlsson (5). Assist: Burns, Labanc
08:25Short - Logan Couture (15), Snap Shot. Assist: Kane
10:40 - Caleb Jones (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Rattie, Caggiula
14:09 - Melker Karlsson (6), Snap Shot. Assist: Karlsson, Goodrow
16:53 - Leon Draisaitl (19), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lucic, Benning
19:54 - Connor McDavid (21). Assist: Wideman, Rattie
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2ND PERIOD
09:05Wideman, 2 min, Holding
14:30Wideman, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
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