The San Jose Sharks blew out the Edmonton Oilers for the second time in less than two weeks, scoring a 7-2 win in California Tuesday night.
Sharks forward Evander Kane opened the scoring when his cross-ice pass hit a leg and deflected past Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot.
Later, San Jose’s Marcus Sorensen broke in around Alex Petrovic. The Oilers defenceman put the grab on Sorensen, who was awarded a penalty shot. He beat Talbot blocker side to make it 2-0. Alex Chiasson came back with a power play goal for the Oilers, but Joonas Donskoi replied for the Sharks only 49 seconds later.
Kane potted his second of the game early in the second period when Brent Burns pass banked in off his skate.
Talbot was replaced by Mikko Koskinen after allowing four goals on 16 shots.
Milan Lucic replied for the Oilers, netting his first goal since the first game of the season. Burns sniped on the power play to put San Jose ahead 5-2 after two.
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Joe Thornton added to the Sharks’ lead early in the third when his pass banked in off Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson. Donskoi banged in a rebound with 9:16 left to round out the scoring.
The Sharks beat the Oilers 7-4 at Rogers Place on Dec. 29.
Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock says he’s noticed in both games that the Sharks have been capitalizing on chances both in the slot, and in front of the Oilers’ net.
“In the areas that are winning areas, they played better than we did today,” Hitchcock said after the game.
“It seemed like every time we had a quality chance, within five seconds it was back in our net.”
LISTEN BELOW: Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock speaks after the Oilers 7-2 loss to San Jose.
Petrovic left the game in the second period after being hit into the boards by San Jose’s Timo Meier.
The Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins played his 500th career game and picked up an assist on Lucic’s goal.
The Oilers (20-20-3) will host Florida on Thursday.
Lucic said the Oilers need to “come together” ahead of their next game.
“Play like we have each other’s backs, because we do,” Lucic said after the game.
“It’s not a trade, it’s not the management, it’s not the coaches, it’s not anyone; it’s the players coming together and doing it for each other that’s going to get us moving the right way.”
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