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Unlucky 7 on Friday the 13th
Edmonton rips Sharks for 7-1 win
1/13/2022 - By Mike Lee

There are ugly losses, and then there are split your face open with a lead pipe ugly. The Sharks endured the latter on Friday night as the visiting Edmonton Oilers ran roughshod on SAP Center Ice. The Oilers scored the first 7 goals of the game en route to a 7-1 spanking of the Sharks. There was nothing lucky about 7 goals allowed on a Friday the 13th that turned out to be a bludgeoning affair for San Jose. Connor McDavid a pair of goals and added an assist in the win. Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added a goal and 2 assists each in the massacre.

Five different Oilers skaters scored goals for Edmonton, but there was no doubt who led the attack. The McDavid-Draisaitl-Nugent-Hopkins line simply smothered the Sharks from the get go.

San Jose opened the game on a quick power play after Oilers left winger Dylan Holloway was called for interfering with goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen. The Sharks promptly whiffed on the power play.

Nick Cicek would take the first of two costly penalties at 9:52 of the period, after he was called for interference on Klim Kostin. The Oilers converted a minute later when McDavid scored his 36th goal of the season. Defending McDavid is hard enough 5-on-5, but the Sharks gave him the advantage of skating in open ice.

Edmonton doubled up their lead with 1:46 left in regulation on a fluke play that ended up in the back of the Sharks net. Zach Hyman threw a puck to the top of the Sharks crease from the left wing boards, where it hit Kostin in the skate. The puck took a 90 degree turn left and past Kahkonen.

The Sharks failed to respond out of the gate in the 2nd period. Cicek was sent off once McDavid converted. Draisaitl gathered the rebound off a Nugent-Hopkins shot, and in the blink of an eye, sent a pass to McDavid on the left side for the easy tap in.

If the Sharks were going to get back into this one, they had no better an opportunity than after Darnell Nurse was sent off for hooking. They would do exactly the opposite. After coughing up the puck in the Edmonton zone, San Jose allowed the Oilers to generate a breakaway chance that Kahkonen defended. Problem is, they didn't hustle back on defense and the Oilers worked the puck off the end-boards and Nugent-Hopkins fired home his 21st of the season to make it a 4-0 game.

Oh, but the fun wasn't over. Draisaitl abused the Sharks further, pumping a shot that Kahkonen clipped but couldn't stop to make it a 5-0 game at the 17:55 mark. By the time the horn sounded to end the period, the Sharks were in a hole 5-goals deep and had already surrendered a even strength, power play and short-handed goal.

The Sharks threw in the towel at that point. Jesse Puljujarvi ripped a shot past Kahkonen at 12:14, then Ryan Mcleod matched his linemate 32 seconds later to push the Oilers to 7-0.

Oskar Lindblom finally got the Sharks on the board at 15:02 with a redirect off a Matt Benning shot, but it was way too little, way too late.

Game Notes:

* Sharks head coach David Quinn joked about the fact that it was Connor McDavid's birthday. He sarcastically quipped that his birthday was just what the Sharks needed. He was in less a jovial mood after the game.

* In his 18 starts so far this season, Kaapo Kahkonen has given up 4 or more goals in a game 11 times.

* Defenseman Jaycob Megna was the only Sharks skater to turn in a -3 night. Players are not assessed a minus rating if they are defending on the penalty kill when a goal is scored.

* While two goals came on the power play for Edmonton, Matt Benning was on the ice for the first 5 Oilers goals.

* The Oilers won 22 of 63 faceoffs for a 35% conversion rate. Faceoff wins clearly had nothing to do with the Oilers success tonight.


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1 2 3 T
EDM 2 3 2 7
SJ 0 0 1 1
1st period - 1, EDM, McDavid 36 (Draisaitl, Barrie), 10:59, (pp). 2, EDM, Kostin 8 (Hyman, Desharnais), 18:14.
2nd period - 3, EDM, McDavid 37 (Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins), 8:22, (pp). 4, EDM, Nugent-Hopkins 21 (Janmark), 13:07, (sh). 5, EDM, Draisaitl 24 (McDavid), 17:55.
3rd period - 6, EDM, Puljujarvi 4 (Nugent-Hopkins), 12:14. 7, EDM, McLeod 5 (Foegele), 12:46. 8, SJ, Lindblom 4 (Benning, Gadjovich), 15:02.
1st period - Holloway, EDM (goatlender interference), 0:22; Cicek, SJ (interference), 9:52.
2nd period - Cicek, SJ (tripping), 8:14; Nurse, EDM (hooking), 11:14; Lorentz, SJ (tripping), 13:58; Holloway, EDM (high sticking), 15:31.
3rd period - Holloway, EDM (slashing), 3:34; Vlasic, SJ (), 8:44.
Shots Saves
EDM - Campbell 26 25
SJ - Khakonen 41 34
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
EDM 12 15 14 41
SJ 9 8 9 26
Power Play Conversion
EDM 2 of 4
SJ 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Connor McDavid
Leon Draisaitl
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
SAP Center - 15,887
Referees: #39 Brandon Blandina, #33 Kevin Pollock. Linesmen: #77 Caleb Apperson, #74 Trent Knorr.

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