SAN JOSE – The Sharks got the early lead they were seeking, saw it vanish, but managed to regroup and skate to a 5-2 win over the last place Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at SAP Center.
Joe Pavelski led the offense with two goals, including one on the power play, as the Sharks were forced to play shorthanded after a number of players suffered apparent injuries throughout the game.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic left late in the first period after going into the boards courtesy of Tyler Pitlick; Mike Brown needed help off of the ice and into the dressing room after finishing a check on Matt Hendricks; and rookie Melker Karlsson, making his NHL debut, left in the second period for unspecified reasons. He returned midway through the third.
Antti Niemi was the probable starter after he was the first goalie off of the ice in the morning skate, but did not play due to reasons that weren’t immediately clear.
The Sharks (15-11-4) have won five of their last six games, all in regulation, including four straight at home. They remain at SAP Center for their next four.
Edmonton, which snapped an 11-game losing streak by beating the Sharks on Sunday, is now 1-8-4 in its last 13 games. The Sharks are 9-2-0 in their last 11 games against the perennial bottom-dwellers, who return to San Jose on Dec. 18.
After getting just two shots on goal in the first period of Sunday’s 2-1 loss in Edmonton, the Sharks took a 2-0 lead before the Oilers recorded their first shot.
A Pavelski spin-o-rama backhander from the bottom of the circle beat Ben Scrivens at 4:33 of the first period, and less than a minute later Barclay Goodrow’s first NHL goal increased it to 2-0. Goodrow got the rebound of a Karlsson shot after a nice play by James Sheppard to come away with the puck in the corner before he found Karlsson cutting to the net.
A Brent Burns tripping minor halted the Sharks’ momentum. Although San Jose killed off the penalty, the Oilers kept up the pressure and Jordan Eberle capitalized on a Joe Thornton turnover at 12:08.
Brenden Dillon’s misplay resulted in the tying goal, when his outlet pass was knocked down and Burns strangely seemed to get out of the way of David Perron’s wrist shot from the slot that found the back of the net at 16:15, making it 2-2.
Edmonton nearly took its first lead in the second period, pinning the Sharks in their own end for the first few minutes. Leon Draisaitl was stopped by Alex Stalock’s left pad four minutes in, though, preserving the tie.
That tie broke when Logan Couture tipped a Scott Hannan floater past Scrivens at 6:14. A Steve Pinizzotto holding the stick minor shortly after that gave the Sharks a power play, and Pavelski finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play in front of the net that included Thornton and Patrick Marleau at 7:35.
Burns’ slap shot from just inside the blue line put the game away at 14:31 of the third period.
It took the Sharks just seven seconds to score on their only power play. They are 3-for-11 in their last five games.
Edmonton was 0-for-2.
Stalock made his first back-to-back starts of the season, and made 27 saves in earning his third win.
Scrivens, who was in net for Edmonton’s win on Sunday, allowed five goals on just 24 shots.
Pavelski recorded his 32nd career multi-goal game, tying Jonathan Cheechoo for third on the franchise list in that category.
Marleau increased his point-streak to six games. He has one goal and eight assists over that span, including two helpers on Tuesday.
Tye McGinn, who scored his first goal of the season on Sunday, was a healthy scratch for San Jose.
The Sharks remain home to host Minnesota on Thursday. In the first meeting at Xcel Energy Center, the Wild claimed a 4-3 shootout win.
The Nashville Predators visit SAP Center on Saturday.