Mackenzie Blackwood made 39 saves as the San Jose Sharks won their second straight game, 3-2 over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
Tomas Hertl and Fabian Zetterlund each had a goal and an assist and Filip Zadina also scored for San Jose, which snapped an eight-game losing streak (0-5-3) against Edmonton.
Darnell Nurse and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each scored goals for Edmonton, which lost its fourth straight game and eighth in its last nine games (1-7-1). Stuart Skinner finished with 15 saves.
San Jose, which snapped its NHL record-tying 11-game winless streak (0-10-1) to start a season with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, took a 1-0 lead at the 18:35 mark of the first period on Thursday.
Hertl passed the puck from behind the net to Zetterlund alone in the low slot. Zetterlund then fired a wrist shot on Skinner’s blocker side for his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Edmonton tied it at 1-1 early in the second period when Nurse, coming down the right wing on a 2-on-1 with Leon Draisaitl, fired a wrist shot inside the far side post. It was his third goal of the season.
The Sharks regained the lead, 2-1, at the 9:05 mark when Nikita Okhotiuk’s wrist shot from the left point caromed off Zetterlund right to Hertl alone by the right side of the crease. Hertl then fired a wrist shot past Skinner’s glove side.
San Jose extended its lead to 3-1 early in the third period when Zadina buried a shot in the slot off a crossing pass from Nico Sturm at the end of a 2-on-1 break.
The Oilers pulled Skinner for an extra attacker with 2:50 left, and it paid dividends 16 seconds later when Nugent-Hopkins put in a rebound of Evan Bouchard’s one-timer — his first goal in nine games.
Edmonton had a good chance to tie it with a 6-on-4 power play after Okhotiuk picked up a slashing penalty. But Blackwood was up to the challenge, turning away a trio of Oiler shots.
–Field Level Media
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