Marleau's goal lifts Sharks past Oilers 5-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 2, 2014 at 1:01 am •  Published: April 2, 2014
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Marleau has had a lot of success against the Edmonton Oilers this season.

The Sharks' assistant team captain found another way to keep the good times rolling.

In the process, he just might have salvaged San Jose's hopes of catching Anaheim in the chase for the top spot in the Pacific Division.

Marleau scored a tiebreaking goal with 7:29 left in the third period to lift the Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night after San Jose had squandered a two-goal lead.

"I think (Joe Pavelski) actually kicked it over to me in front," said Marleau after notching his 32nd goal of the season. "It was good. I was just able to get it in the back."

It was a much-needed win for the Sharks, who came into their final homestand of the season after falling out of first place in the division following back-to-back losses to Winnipeg and Colorado.

San Jose has already locked up a playoff spot, but is trying to avoid a first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Sharks had blown a 3-1 lead and were 0 for 5 on power plays before Marleau rocketed a shot past Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens after Scrivens had deflected a one-timer by San Jose's Brent Burns.

Dan Boyle, Andrew Desjardins and Tommy Wingels also scored for the Sharks, who moved within one point of first-place Anaheim in the Pacific Division.

"I still think our team looks lethargic," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "We're there but we're not really getting it done. Right now we're still in a fight, which I think is good for us, to stay focused and have that battling mentality."

The Sharks still face an uphill climb. Four of their final five games are against teams in playoff contention.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and two assists for Edmonton, which lost for the fourth time in five meetings between the teams this season.

"We knew coming in we couldn't take penalties but for whatever reason, a couple that we probably shouldn't have taken and it comes back to bite us," Nugent-Hopkins said. "I thought we showed a lot of push-back. The way we climbed back in the game was really big for us. We just have to take some momentum from it."