Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/1/13
SAN JOSE -- Michal Handzus and Dan Boyle scored in the shootout to keep the Sharks perfect with a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. Edmonton tied the game 2-2 51 seconds into the third period when Taylor Hall capped a 2-on-1 break with his second goal of the season. Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle was caught behind the play leaving only rookie Matt Irwin to defend Jordan Eberle and Hall. The Sharks took a 2-1 lead into the final 20 minutes with all the scoring resulting within a four-minute stretch of the second period. Consecutive Edmonton turnovers resulted in San Jose taking a 2-0 on goals within 39 seconds. First, Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney coughed up a puck in the neutral zone to send Logan couture in for an unassisted goal, his fifth of the season on a shot between Devan Dubnyk's pads at 7:32. Then Edmonton defenseman Ladislav Smid turned the puck over in the same spot as Whitney, allowing Joe Pavelski to skate in and beat Dubnyk top shelf at 8:11 to extend his points streak to seven games with a fourth goal. The Oilers cut the lead in half at 10:56 when Sam Gagner redirected a Mark Fistric drive from the middle of the blue line past San Jose goalie Antti Niemi. The play started when Ryane Clowe turned a puck over just inside the visitors' blue line. In a game that featured the top two ranked power plays in the league, top-ranked San Jose (0-for-5) and Edmonton (0-for-4) combined for nine failures. NOTES: Forward Scott Gomez was promoted to San Jose's second line alongside left wing Ryane Clowe and center Logan Couture while right wing Martin Havlat was dropped to the third line next to center Michal Handzus and left wing Tommy Wingels. ... Edmonton was without captain Shawn Horcoff, who sustained a strained neck on Wednesday. The Oilers recalled rookie center Anton Lander from Oklahoma City while forward Magnus Paajarvi was sent to the AHL affiliate. Defenseman Corey Potter was a healthy scratch. ... Defenseman Jason Demers was added to San Jose's roster. He started the season on injured reserve with a wrist injury. Demers did not dress along with forward T.J. Galiardi and defenseman Nick Petrecki. ... Forward Frazer McLaren, placed on waivers by San Jose, was claimed by Toronto. "Frazer has worked hard and we wish him all the best," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said.
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