Selanne scored his second goal of the game with 41 seconds left
in regulation to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-3 tie with the
Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
Selanne slid a low shot to the short side past Edmonton
goaltender Jussi Markkanen to send the game into overtime. However,
the Sharks couldn't pull out a victory, and have just one victory in
their last 11 road games.
''It wasn't a pretty game,'' Selanne said.
San Jose goaltender Vesa Toskala made several difficult saves,
including a stop on Mike Comrie on a penalty shot midway through
the second period. Comrie had been hauled down by Kyle McLaren on a
''It was still close to going in my five hole, but I was
lucky,'' Toskala said. ''I got my pad there and it didn't go in.''
Edmonton is undefeated in seven games (4-0-3-0). The last time
the Oilers lost was March 20, when Phoenix beat them 3-2 in
Fernando Pisani scored two goals, both on breakaways, and Ryan
Smyth added his 27th of the season for Edmonton.
The Oilers had most of the offensive chances early, but the
Sharks found some energy late in the game. The Oilers outshot San
Jose 40-20, including 25-11 over the first two periods and 5-2 in
the extra period.
Smyth gave Edmonton a 3-2 lead with less than five minutes left
in the third when he swatted in a puck from the side of the crease.
Pisani tied the game at 1 with 3:56 left in the first period and
gave Edmonton a 2-1 lead with a short-handed goal at 7:34 of the
The 26-year-old Edmonton native made his NHL debut Jan. 8 and
now has eight goals on 32 shots in 34 games. Pisani left the game
in the opening seconds of the third after being hit in the mouth by
another player's shoulder. He did not return.
''He's played well,'' Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. ''We've
got to find him some more ice time. It was tough after he got
dinged in the first shift of the third period but he played
It was Markkanen's third start in Edmonton's last four games,
during which he has gone 1-0-2.
Comrie is 0-for-2 in his career on penalty shots. He needs
one point to earn a $3.5 million bonus this season. ... McCauley's
goal was his second since coming to San Jose in the trade that sent
former captain Owen Nolan to Toronto. ... Steve Staios had two
assists for Edmonton. ... The Sharks finish the season at home
against Phoenix on April 6. ... The Oilers now lead the NHL with 13