View Count: 129 |  Publish Date: April 02, 2014
Sharks rally to beat Oilers 5-4, stay close to Ducks

Ineffective all night, the Sharks needed just eight seconds on their sixth power play to decide Tuesdays game.
Patrick Marleaus tie-breaking backhand goal, No. 32 on the year, at 12:31 of the third period enabled the Sharks to cap a comeback en route to a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers at SAP Center.
Were happy with the two (points), but weve got to tighten up for the postseason, captain Joe Thornton said.
San Jose pulled to one point behind Pacific Division-leading Anaheim, but the Ducks have played two fewer games. Anaheim hosts Edmonton on Wednesday.
The Sharks were 0-for-5 on the power play before Oilers forward David Perron tripped defenseman Justin Braun in the San Jose end at 12:23. Marleau beat a diving Matt Hendricks to a loose puck in the right circle for the game-winner.
I was coming down that backside looking for any scraps, Marleau said.
Edmontons Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his second goal of the game at 6:16 of the third to break a 3-3 tie. His 18th goal beat goalie Antti Niemi on the short side after Jordan Eberle made a nice spin move to create space.
Suddenly a game the Sharks led 3-1 turned into a 4-3 deficit.
The intensity probably dropped a little bit. Were up 3-1 on a team thats not in the playoffs, defenseman Dan Boyle said. Sometimes you take your foot off the gas a little bit.
But the hosts rallied back at 10:35 when Joe Thornton found Brent Burns on the weakside. Burns fed his 22nd goal through the pads of Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens to tie it 4-4. It was a far cry from the last time these teams met, when Scrivens set the NHL record for saves in a regular-season shutout (59) as the Oilers won 3-0 at home.
The Sharks looked to be in a good shape when Tommy Wingels snapped a 10-game scoreless drought with his 16th goal at 2:45 of the second period, a putback of his own redirected shot off Brad Stuarts stick to give the hosts a 3-1 lead.
But Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle struck later in the period on consecutive shots within 38 seconds to enable the visitors to pull into a 3-3 tie.
Five on five, we cant give up that many goals, Boyle said. Coming down the stretch with the playoffs coming, we cant give up four goals and expect to win hockey games.
The Sharks escaped a lackluster first period up 2-1.
Defenseman Jason Demers forced a turnover inside the Edmonton zone, which led to a rebound of a Tyler Kennedy shot that Andrew Desjardins deposited behind Scrivens for his third goal at 3:11.
San Joses penalty killers allowed the Oilers to enter the zone on a rush and Taylor Hall scored his 26th goal of the season with a wrister to the far post at 12:34 to tie it.
San Jose grabbed the lead when Thornton fed Boyle in the slot and the defenseman delayed to beat Scrivens at 15:54 for his 11th goal and third in three games.
Briefly: Right wing Raffi Torres (sore knee) missed his 12th straight game. He expects to be ready for the playoffs. ... Defenseman Scott Hannan was the lone healthy scratch.
Playoff tickets
The Sharks announced Tuesday that tickets for the teams first three home playoff games will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They can be purchased at the SAP Center ticket office, through Ticketmaster ticket centers, over the phone at (800) 745-3000, or online at Buyers are limited to eight tickets per game.
Ross McKeon is a freelance writer. Twitter: @rossmckeon

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