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Sharks 4, Oilers 3 (OT): Hertl provides overtime heroics

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The Sharks leave Edmonton with two more points.

Mar 14, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (48) loose for a rebound in front of Edmonton Oilers goaltender Al Montoya (35) during the second period at Rogers Place. Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Sharks didn’t start out the game on top, but they ended it that way. San Jose outlasted the Edmonton Oilers to win 4-3 in overtime. With the win, the Sharks get a much-needed two points and a little distance between themselves and the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division race as the playoffs draw near.

Edmonton pushed early in the first period and scored on the team’s fifth shot of the game. Zack Kassian protected the puck behind the net and then fed it right to Drake Caggiula who tapped it in for an easy goal, putting Edmonton up 1-0.

The Oilers continued to put the pressure on, but a mistake led to a 3-on-1 for the Sharks. Logan Couture sent a nice saucer pass to Tomas Hertl, who tapped it in past Oilers goaltender Al Montoya to tie up the game. Mikkel Boedker was credited with a secondary assist on the goal.

The goal seemed to energize the Sharks, who started to push back against the Oilers. The teams traded chances for the remainder of the first period.

Evander Kane missed part of the first period, but returned before the intermission. So far, we don’t know what happened.

It was more of the same in the second period until the 7:44 mark, when Oscar Klefbom rang one off the post and into the net. Pete DeBoer challenged the goal, calling it goaltender interference. While the overhead shot shows Pontus Aberg touched Martin Jones just before the shot, the referees determined it was not enough to disallow the goal. The Oilers reclaimed the lead 2-1.

Following the goal, the referees found their whistles. Caggiula took a seat in the penalty box for high-sticking Joonas Donskoi. It was a four-minute minor penalty because the stick drew blood. The Sharks didn’t need all that time, though. Seconds into the man advantage, Couture found his way back onto the score sheet, this time scoring his 28th goal of the year. Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski were credited with the helpers.

Moments later, Timo Meier committed a high-sticking penalty of his own, negating the second half of the four-minute power play.

During the ensuing 4-on-4 play, the scoring chances came in droves. Burns had a prime chance to gain the lead for the Sharks when he broke in all alone, but could not get the puck past Montoya. Chris Tierney had a chance of his own just seconds later, but couldn’t score, either.

Martin Jones had to stand tall, too. Both Connor McDavid and Milan Lucic had scoring chances, but couldn’t get them in the net. The second period ended in a 2-2 tie.

Early in the third period, Klefbom launched another point shot. This time, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got a stick on it and tipped the puck past Jones to regain the lead, 3-2.

With the clock ticking, the Sharks needed a goal. Donskoi had a couple of great chances, but couldn’t get the puck past Montoya. That’s when Brenden Dillon stepped up and scored his second goal of the season. He took a shot from the point through lots of traffic and somehow found the back of the net, tying the game at three apiece.

Moments later Kassian took a slashing penalty, but the Sharks couldn’t capitalize on the man-advantage. Neither team managed to score in the final minutes of the game, so overtime was required.

Both Montoya and Jones made some amazing saves in overtime to keep things tied up. It was Montoya that blinked first, however. Strong work by Hertl along the boards in Edmonton’s zone led to a turnover. Hertl passed the puck to Couture and then looked for some open ice. Couture feathered a pass to him and Hertl one-timed the puck past Montoya.

Sharks win 4-3.

Notes:

  • Late in the third period, Donskoi went awkwardly into the boards. He immediately got up and went to the bench before heading to the dressing room. No word yet on Donskoi’s condition. He separated his shoulder twice last season.
  • Joe Pavelski likes playing the Oilers. He has scored 10 points against Edmonton this season in just four games.
  • Logan Couture’s goal was his 207th in a Sharks uniform. That pushes him past Owen Nolan on the team’s all-time goals list. Couture also had two assists in the game, including a helper on the game winner.
  • The Sharks were 1 for 4 on the power play tonight.
  • Connor McDavid had two assists tonight.