Sharks were outshot 15-1 in first

EDMONTON (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks realize there's one reason
they beat the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night -- goaltender Vesa Toskala.

"Our goalie stood on his head for the whole game," Sharks
center Mike Ricci said. "We can't sugarcoat it -- our goalie won us
that hockey game tonight."

Patrick Marleau scored late in the second period, and Toskala
stopped 35 shots to lead the Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Oilers.

Toskala's best save came late in the third period when he made
an acrobatic arm save on a shot by Raffi Torres to keep ahead by

"We have a habit of making goalies look pretty good," Oilers
forward Ethan Moreau said. "Positionally, he played well. It was
his night."

Toskala also kept the Sharks close during the first period, when
they were outshot 15-1.

"At the beginning, I had a couple of good saves, you get into
it that way," Toskala said. "There was actually a couple tough
ones. I felt really comfortable after those saves and it was easy
to keep going."

Marleau scored with 4:03 left in the second for San Jose. Brad Stuart added a power-play goal for the Sharks on their only shot of
the first period.

"When you play that poorly and you come out of it 1-1 there's a
sense of relief," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "We haven't
really dug a hole at all."

Marleau broke a 1-all tie with his eighth of the season. Parked
in front of Ty Conklin, he picked the puck out of a scramble in
front of the goal and lifted a backhander that hit the Oilers
goalie before going in.

Jarrett Stoll scored the lone goal for the Oilers (10-11-3-0),
who are winless in five games.

Stoll opened the scoring with 6:37 left in the first, when his
shot from the wing hit a crowd in front of the net and got behind

Conklin stopped 19 shots in his 11th consecutive start since
replacing Tommy Salo, who has finally recovered from his hip

Game notes
With an assist on Marleau's goal, San Jose captain Vincent
Damphousse extended his point-scoring streak to six games. ...
Edmonton's power play, ranked 26th in the NHL entering the game,
was 0-for-3 on the night. San Jose scored on its lone chance with
the man advantage.