Cam Talbot made 38 saves as the Edmonton Oilers held off San Jose for a 3-2 victory Thursday night at Rogers Place.
The Sharks outshot the Oilers 40-22, but the Oilers hung on for their eighth win in their last nine games.
Jannik Hansen gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead just 1:01 into the game. San Jose had a 12-2 advantage in shots in the first nine-and-a-half minutes. The Oilers got on the board when Patrick Maroon converted a pass from Connor McDavid. Leon Draisaitl also assisted on the play. Both he and McDavid extended their points streaks to nine game.
Late in the first, McDavid scored a spectacular shorthanded goal, streaking in on Martin Jones and roofing a backhand. McDavid leads the NHL with 91 points.
Maroon deflected a Kris Russell shot to make it 3-1 Edmonton with 12:09 left in the third. Joe Pavelski replied with a deft tip-in with 6:01 left, but the Sharks couldn’t pull even.
“This is playoffs for us,” said Maroon. “We’re going to be playing these teams eventually, if it’s the first round, second round, third round what ever. We’re going to see these guys and we got to continue to be in their face and try to find ways to win and make them when they come in here, make it so they don’t want to play us.”
McDavid says Cam Talbot is indispensable every night he’s in net.
“It’s the same story every night. We find a way to get one or two and (he) takes us the rest of the way. We did a good job of limiting their chances but they still get their chance, they got a lot of shots and we can always rely on that guy back there.”
McDavid is the first Oiler to record 91 points or more in a season since Doug Weight’s performance in 1995-96.
The Oilers improve to 43-25-9. Their 95 points have them one point back of Anaheim for first in the Pacific Division. The Oilers will host the Ducks on Saturday. (jrw)