The 24-year-old rookie scored his first two NHL goals, including the tiebreaker with 2:27 left, and the San Jose Sharks rallied after giving up a three-goal lead to beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-4 Saturday night.
The night ended up being deja vu all over again. With two minutes remaining in the second period, Leon Draisaitl added his goal to Edmonton’s tally and tie the game at three. A rink-wide pass led to an easy Oilers entry by Draisaitl, who skated around Brenden Dillon and sent a dangerous pass across the front of the San Jose net. Brandon Davidson turned the tie game into an Edmonton advantage after an easy putback.
Joe Pavelski also scored twice, and Tomas Hertl and Barclay Goodrow had the other goals for the Sharks, who snapped a two-game skid. Aaron Dell had 27 saves.
Just minutes later, Darnell Nurse backhanded the puck behind the net and off the official’s skate to a waiting Joe Pavelski who put it home for a 2-0 lead. Since being united in the team’s second post-Joe Thornton game, the Timo Meier, Pavelski, Donskoi trio has made quick work of opponents. It’s no coincidence that those three contributed to the team’s first two goals.
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”Forty-five games in you start to think about it a little – is it ever going to happen?” Ryan said. ”It’s definitely nice to get that first one, and getting that second was even better.
Share Share Sharks 6, Oilers 4: Scoring must be always tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Hertl scored an awesome goal Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports For the Sharks, being ahead of the shot counter after one period has begun to be a common occurrence. Unfortunately, the team has failed to live up to their recent hot starts.
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”It was kind of crazy. My dad got sick before the game so he wasn’t able to make it to the game. But he’s going to meet us in Anaheim tomorrow if he feels better. But maybe he should stay home more often.”
”I was really happy for him, he shows up every day and doesn’t say much, just works hard,” DeBoer said. ”We’ve been asking our defenseman all year – all of them – to get up and play and create offense. Playing with (All-Star defenseman Brett Burns) it’s easy to just sit there and watch him go, it’s nice to see Yoke take advantage of that.”
Zack Kassian had two goals, and Leon Draisaitl and Brandon Davidson also scored as Edmonton scored four consecutive goals to take a 4-3 lead early in the third period. Al Montoya finished with 24 saves.
Ryan got his first career goal on a slap shot from the blue line past Montoya at 1:15 of the first period. Pavelski scored at 7:21 and Goodrow made it 3-0 at 2:30 of the second.
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The Oilers then scored four times in about 12 1/2 minutes to move ahead.
Kassian got the Oilers started at 8:49, rebounding his own missed breakaway shot before slipping the puck past Dell. He scored again 5 1/2 minutes later on a brekaway. Draisaitl tied it with his 15th goal with just under two minutes remaining in the middle period as he recovered a loose puck in front of the goal after Dell blocked Oscar Klefbom’s slap shot, and put it past the goalie.
The lead lasted less than 2 1/2 minutes as Hertl tied it with is 15th at 3:41.
After Ryan put the Sharks back ahead, Pavelski added an empty-netter, his 14th goal of the season, with 1:12 left.
”This game has been the story of the year,” Kassian said. ”We can’t sustain any momentum once we get it for any length of time. We’re not going to give up, but at the same time I’m not happy about clawing back and then watching the team fall back.
”We were expecting to win this game. This is frustrating, it wears on you. Everyone is frustrated. We need to close games out and get those two points.”
NOTES: Oilers F Blake Caggiula and D Andrej Sekera were scratches after taking pucks to the face in Friday’s game against Anaheim. … D Adam Larsson was out of Saturday’s lineup for personal reasons. . D Keegan Lowe was called up from the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors on Saturday. Sharks F Joel Ward, out with a right shoulder injury he suffered crashing into the boards on Thursday, told reporters at Saturday’s practice he doesn’t believe he’ll need surgery and expressed confidence he’ll be back before the end of the season. … F Jannik Hansen, a healthy scratch the last seven games, was in the lineup for the in place of Ward on the fourth line. Hansen had an assist on Goodrow’s goal. … The Sharks are 26-9-4 against the Oilers over the last 39 meetings between the teams.
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The Edmonton Oilers in their two-game road trip to the great state of California ended up with two straight losses. It’s hard to fathom how low this team has gone this season but they could potentially see the abyss of their failures staring at them in their faces.
They had a perfect opportunity to get two big wins over teams who were trying to secure a playoff spot, but they squandered those chances. Facing off against the Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks in back-to-back games is tough for any team, but it’s no excuse to at least manage to get a win out of those encounters.
Tim Heed was sent down yesterday to play with the San Jose Barracuda, leaving the Sharks with only six defensemen on the roster last night. Because both teams were playing on home ice, it was an easy one day trip to get Heed ice time. He finished the night with three shots on goal and four penalty minutes. The Barracuda lost to the San Diego Gulls 3-2 in overtime. Per the AHL, Heed was called up to the Sharks this morning, as traveling with only six D-men is a little riskier.
It’s too early to say that the season is over for the Edmonton Oilers. To be frank, it’s also premature even to contemplate that type of thought process. The Oilers aren’t in a situation like the Ottawa Senators or Montreal Canadiens where their franchises don’t have any directions and are contemplating trading their core star players.
Trust me; you haven’t seen any talk or rumors of the Oilers trying to get rid of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or even god forbid the captain of the team Connor McDavid.
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What we learned from these past two games is that the Edmonton Oilers are competing. You have to give them that, they aren’t rolling over and getting blown out like other bottom feeding teams in the NHL.
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That’s why it’s very to silly to hear hockey experts say on television or print media saying that this team needs to be blown up with trades and roster cuts. Just remember that this same group almost made the Western Conference Finals last year, so it’s dumb to say that massive changes need to be made.
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This team needs to address is their power play woes. The Edmonton Oilers had six combined power play opportunities in their last two games and didn’t even manage to score even one goal. If the Oilers are planning to make some moves at the trade deadline, they’ll need to find a forward who can help the floundering Oilers offense.
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This team can generate a lot of shots on net but fail to capitalize with scoring chances. The only time we see a glimmer of hope with Edmonton scoring a goal is when Connor McDavid has his stick on the puck.
What was also disturbing the past two games was that the Edmonton Oilers lost the face-off battle to both the Ducks and the Sharks. Usually, this has been one of the strengths of this team; the fact that they haven’t been winning in this category is very worrisome.
If this team can’t consistently win face-offs against their opponents moving forward, they won’t have a legitimate shot in being competitive and stringing together some wins.
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The Oilers will be facing off against the Florida Panthers tomorrow night, and this is a game that they can win. What they need to do is address the issues that have plagued them the last two games. It doesn’t have to be against the Panthers on Monday night, but it would be an excellent place to start.
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