Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/13
Gooaaalll! The Edmonton Oilers finally found the back of the net at Rexall Place after almost 215 minutes without a score Friday. Nail Yakupov beat San Jose backup goalie Alex Stalock in the second period, but the Oilers still fell 3-1 to the Sharks, who were playing their third game in four nights. With the Sharks up 3-0, Yakupov ended the franchise-record run of futility (214:52) on home ice by rifling the puck past Stalock on an Oilers’ power play with defenceman Brad Stuart in the penalty box for levelling Jordan Eberle with a hefty crosscheck. Before that, Ryan Smyth somehow failed to stuff the puck into six feet of open net on a play he’s made hundreds of times and David Perron drilled a shot off the post. They elicited a collective groan from the full house of 16,839 and a few head shakes from the dumbfounded Oilers bench, but when Yakupov got his third goal of the year (all on the power play) at 12:48 of the middle period, they almost got a standing ovation. But one goal wasn’t going to beat the Sharks, who’ve lost only two games in regulation this season. Yes, the Oilers were booed off the ice again. “I’m so tired of coming in (the dressing room) and having to give reasons why we lost,” said Oilers winger Taylor Hall. “You just have to win and it doesn’t matter how you do it. If the goalie stands on his head or you get lucky, you have to win games. “We’re all trying really hard, but at some point there some-thing that’s not clicking for us and we have to figure out what that is.” Yakupov did what he does best, shoot the puck, and Stalock had no chance. He pointed up into the crowd after the goal. “My dad,” said Yakupov, saluting his father. He likes the fact that he’s got two goals in the last three games, but he’d rather have two points in the standings. “Three penalties in the first period and I guess you can say we played better in the second and the third, but I took a four-minute (high-sticking) penalty,” Yakupov said. “Like Taylor says, it’s so hard to keep coming into the locker-room and saying we lost.” Edmonton had not scored at home since defenceman Justin Schultz tallied late in the second period of a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals. The Oilers since had been blanked 4-0 by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-0 by the Detroit Red Wings and 3-0 by the Dallas Stars.
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