Oilers can’t hold off Sharks after late rally
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick Marleau scored his 32nd goal of the season with 7:29 left in the third period to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
The Sharks had blown a 3-1 lead and were 0 for 5 on power plays before Marleau rocketed a shot past Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens after Scrivens had deflected a one-timer by San Jose’s Brent Burns.
Dan Boyle, Andrew Desjardins and Tommy Wingels also scored for the Sharks, who moved within one point of first-place Anaheim in the Pacific Division.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and two assists for Edmonton, which lost for the fourth time in five meetings between the teams this season.
It was a much-needed win for the Sharks, who came into their final homestand of the season after falling out of first place in the division following back-to-back losses to Winnipeg and Colorado.
San Jose has already locked up a playoff spot, but is trying to avoid a first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Sharks still face an uphill climb. Four of their final five games are against teams in playoff contention.
This one nearly got away after San Jose built an early lead.
Edmonton scored two goals in a 38-second span in the second period to tie the game, then took the lead when Nugent-Hopkins scored his second goal of the game 6:16 into the third.
After Burns’ tied it off an assist from Joe Thornton, Marleau sent the crowd at SAP Pavilion home happy with his game-winner.
Antti Niemi made 25 saves for San Jose.
Taylor Hall scored the other goal for Edmonton. Nugent-Hopkins nearly had a hat trick after being credited with a goal in the second, but it was later awarded to Jordan Eberle.
Scrivens set an NHL record for most saves in a regular-season shutout when the two teams played on Jan. 29, but wasn’t nearly as sharp this time.
Neither was Niemi.
Desjardins’ third goal of the season 3:11 into the first put the Sharks up 1-0.
Desjardins scored off a deflection in front of the net after Scrivens stopped a shot by Tyler Kennedy.
Hall tied it on a power-play goal for Edmonton after a roughing call against Boyle.
Boyle, penalized twice in the first period, made up for it with another point-blank shot in front of the net that made it 2-1.