EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Todd Harvey made sure the San Jose
Sharks weren't punished for a brief breakdown.
Harvey scored at 6:22 of the third period and San Jose held on
for a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Harvey took a pass from Matt Bradley and slid the puck under
Oilers goaltender Tommy Salo for a 3-1 Sharks lead.
Edmonton's Jochen Hecht made it 3-2 midway through the third
with his 15th, but San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov finished with 22
saves for his 25th victory of the season.
"We got that two-goal lead in the third period and sort of sat
on it," said Harvey. "They got one back but we shut them down in
Nabokov has been almost unbeatable of late, allowing just four
goals in the last four games, all San Jose wins. He has two
shutouts in that stretch, and was named NHL Player of the Week on
Teemu Selanne and Mike Ricci scored in the second period for San
Jose, which won its fifth in a row. The goal was Selanne's 18th of
the season, tops on the Sharks.
"We knew the goals would come, we just had to be patient and
stick with the plan," said Selanne. "We have a lot of depth in
Ricci credited Nabokov.
"He's been great all year -- we don't even worry about him," he
said. "He makes big saves, he makes steady saves. We've just got
to play well in front of him and we're going to win hockey games."
Shawn Horcoff had the other Edmonton goal, scoring his eighth
goal of the season at 15:27 of the first period. Linemate Georges
Laraque took the puck behind the net and found Horcoff, who
one-timed the puck past Nabokov for a 1-0 lead.
It was the first time the Oilers had scored first in a game
since tying the Canucks 2-2 on Jan. 30 in Vancouver.
Salo, who likely will be the starting goalie for Sweden at the
Salt Lake Games, was the busier of the two goalies as the Sharks
outshot Edmonton 31-22.
"That team plays tight defense so you're not going to get that
many chances but we got the first goal," Edmonton defenseman Janne
Niinimaa said of the Sharks. "That's the key against a team like
that who preys on turnovers. But we sat back too much."
The Sharks, who lead the Pacific Division, went 0-for-3 on the
power play and did not take a penalty.
Edmonton has not surrendered a power-play goal in 19 opponent
opportunities, dating to a 4-1 win over Toronto on Jan. 26.
The loss ended Edmonton's two-game unbeaten stretch. They have
two wins in their last 11 games.
"It was a very disappointing game," said Oilers head coach
Craig MacTavish. "It's really indicative of the way we've been
playing and maybe the worst example of the way we've been playing
"When you play a team that checks as well as San Jose, you've
got to make some plays and you have to pass it coming out of your
zone to get some speed so we can can get our forecheck going."
Both teams concluded their pre-Olympic schedules and will resume
play in the final week of February.
The seven Oilers and six Sharks about to depart for the
Salt Lake Olympics were honored in a short pre-game ceremony. Local
school children skated out with the national flags of all 13
players. Some members of the 1952 Edmonton Mercurys were also
introduced before the game. They were the last Canadian team to win
an Olympic gold in hockey back at the Oslo Games 50 years ago. ...
F Mark Smith and Selanne are the only San Jose players with minus
ratings. Smith, who was scratched on Tuesday, is minus 1, while
Selanne is worst on the team at minus 6. ... The Sharks have seven
double-digit goal scorers, though none have 20.
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Arena: Rexall Place Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Kevin Maguire, Brad Watson Linesmen: Randy Mitton, Troy Sartison
Attendance: 16,839 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Shawn Horcoff (8)
Assists: Georges Laraque, Jochen Hecht
Mike Ricci (15)
Assists: Bryan Marchment, Niklas Sundstrom
Teemu Selanne (18)
Assists: Patrick Marleau, Alex Korolyuk
Todd Harvey (7)
Assist: Matt Bradley
Jochen Hecht (15)
Assists: Mike Comrie, Janne Niinimaa