Instant Replay: Sharks outlasted by Oilers, must win final two games

Instant Replay: Sharks outlasted by Oilers, must win final two games


EDMONTON – The Oilers erased a two-goal deficit in regulation and David Desharnais scored in overtime as Edmonton downed the Sharks in Game 5 of their first round playoff series at Rogers Place, 4-3.
The Oilers can advance to the second round on Saturday in San Jose, while the Sharks will attempt to force a decisive Game 7 back in Edmonton.
At 18:15 of overtime, Desharnais cut towards the net and directed in a saucer pass from Leon Draisaitl.
Prior to the overtime goal, Martin Jones made a number of remarkable saves to keep it tied. He stopped Draisaitl alone in the slot, closing his five hole, and dove back with his stick to deny Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who was trying to poke in his own rebound. Later, he stretched from his right to his left in denying Connor McDavid with a left pad on a two-on-one.
Edmonton outshot the Sharks 14-2 in overtime, and 48-30 for the game.
The Sharks held a 2-1 edge after the first period, and increased that lead in the second. Just two seconds after Patrick Maroon stepped out of the penalty box, a place he’s become familiar with in the series, David Schlemko’s point shot fluttered into the top corner with Tomas Hertl setting a screen at 8:38.
It was the second straight game that the defenseman scored a goal, after the Edmonton native’s miscue led to the only goal in Game 3.
The Oilers got one back late in the frame. On a power play, Draisaitl directed a pass through traffic to a cutting Mark Letestu, who had an empty net to flip it home to make it a 3-2 game with 1:27 left in the second period.
Shots were hard to come by in the third period, as the Sharks attempted to play back in an attempt to run out the clock. Edmonton tied it with 2:46 to go, though, when Desharnais teed up Oscar Klefbom for a heavy one-timer from the top of the circle that cleanly beat Martin to the far side.
As expected, Edmonton came out with the early energy. Milan Lucic threw a couple of big hits, including on Logan Couture in first minute, and later Maroon flattened Brent Burns in the corner.
The Oilers also got the game’s first goal, courtesy of Maroon, who buried a Matt Benning rebound on Jones at 5:28.
After the Oilers hit three posts, including two by Darnell Nurse and another by Jordan Eberle, San Jose took control of the first. Mikkel Boedker, who was a healthy scratch in games three and four, buried a Chris Tierney pass on a two-on-one rush at 10:12 to tie the score.
Another Sharks odd man rush, thanks in part to a bad line change by Edmonton, resulted in a Patrick Marleau goal at 15:52. Joe Thornton wound up and fired a slap shot that Marleau slammed home after Cam Talbot couldn’t keep the Thornton blast from sneaking behind him.
The Sharks are 22-22 all-time in overtime in the playoffs, including 1-1 this series.
The Sharks fell to 16-17 all-time in Game 5s, including 6-12 on the road. San Jose is just 1-10 all-time when trailing in a series, three games to two.
According to Elias, the winner of Game 5 in a best-of-seven series that was tied at two games apiece goes on to win the series 78.1 percent of the time (193-54). 
Thursday marked the two-year anniversary of the Sharks and Oilers head coach Todd McLellan parting ways after seven seasons.
Special teams 
Officially the Sharks finished 0-for-1 on the power play, although Schlemko’s marker was essentially still a five-on-four. San Jose is 5-for-23 in the series, with four of those goals coming in Game 4.
Edmonton is now 2-for-15 in the series, going 1-for-3 in Game 5.
In goal
Jones, who has played every minute of the series, fell to 16-13 in overtime with 44 saves.
Talbot, who was pulled in Game 4 after allowing five goals, made 27 saves.
To make way for Boedker, Joonas Donskoi was a healthy scratch for the first time. Donskoi, who had 12 points in 24 playoff games last season, has one assist and a minus-3 rating in four games this year.
Draisaitl played after he escaped suspension for spearing Tierney in Game 4.
Up next
The Sharks and Oilers go back to San Jose for Game 6 on Saturday (7:30 p.m.), while Game 7, if necessary, would be at Rogers Place on Monday, April 24.
The Anaheim Ducks, who swept the Calgary Flames in the first round, await the winner in the second round.

Schlemko close to return, but DeMelo filling in well for Sharks

Schlemko close to return, but DeMelo filling in well for Sharks

SAN JOSE – Injured Sharks defenseman David Schlemko practiced with the team on Wednesday for the first time since hurting his right knee on March 2 against Vancouver.

He hopes to be available to play in time for Saturday’s game against Anaheim, as the Sharks wrap up their six-game homestand. The 29-year-old said he has to “get my legs under me a little bit” before he can get back into a game.

“Probably not [Thursday against St. Louis], but realistically Saturday,” he said. “That’s what I’m kind of shooting for. Obviously it’s not completely up to me, but that’s what I’m shooting for.”

Schlemko’s injury wasn’t originally supposed to keep him out this long, as he went on the team’s two-game road trip immediately after it happened. Still, there was no structural damage to the knee, according to the defenseman.

“Just kind of got my knee buckled into the boards there,” he said. “Just one of those things, takes some time to heal. A little longer than we thought and hoped. … Feel fortunate, at the same time, that it wasn’t more serious. Just excited to get back.”

In 51 games this season, his first in San Jose, Schlemko has 15 points (2g, 13a) while battling through three separate minor injuries.

Whether Schlemko would play against the Ducks even if he were healthy would be up to coach Pete DeBoer, of course. Dylan DeMelo has been paired with Brenden Dillon on the third pair in Schlemko’s spot for the past six games, and has points in the last two.

DeMelo registered an assist on Joe Pavelski’s third period goal against the Sabres on Tuesday in the Sharks’ 4-1 win.

“Just happy to be in the lineup and just trying to contribute as much as I can to the team,” DeMelo said after the game. “I'm not really known for getting points, but I've been able to get a couple points the last couple of games. 

“Whatever I can do to help the team win, that's what I'm here for. It's been a lot of fun. It's definitely a lot better playing than sitting out for seven weeks. I'm just happy to be back in the lineup and [helping] the team win."

Melker Karlsson skated on his own on Wednesday, but is less likely to play before the end of the homestand, according to DeBoer. Karlsson has missed the last two games with a lower body injury.

“Nothing major has come up, no change, but…I would say doubtful for Saturday,” DeBoer said.

Karlsson has 19 points (9g, 10a) in 60 games.

Sharks defenseman Schlemko skates for first time since injury

Sharks defenseman Schlemko skates for first time since injury

SAN JOSE – Sharks defenseman David Schlemko was spotted on the ice Sunday for the first time since suffering a lower body injury on March 2.

The 29-year-old skated lightly without pads, and there is still no timetable for him to return.

Schlemko went with the Sharks on a two-game road trip to Minnesota and Winnipeg on March 5-6, and the indications were that his injury wouldn’t keep him out long. Sunday’s game against Dallas, though, will be the fifth in a row that he won’t dress.

When asked if the injury was more serious than originally believed, coach Pete DeBoer said: “Probably a little longer than I thought, but I wouldn’t call it serious.”

In 51 games, Schlemko has two goals and 13 assists for 15 points and a plus-eight rating.

Melker Karlsson will also miss Sunday’s game with what DeBoer called a lower body injury. No further details were given on the forward, who finished Saturday's game against Nashville but did not skate on Sunday morning.

Rookie Marcus Sorensen will dress against the Stars. In six career games, all this season, the 24-year-old has two points (1g, 1a).

Karlsson, 26, has 19 points (9g, 10a) in 60 games. He is tied for fifth on the team in goals.