David Desharnais netted the game-winner 18:15 into overtime giving the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 comeback win over the San Jose Sharks Thursday night at Rogers Place.
The Oilers go up 3-2 in the best-of-seven.
The Oilers stormed out of the gate and took a 1-0 lead 5:28 into the game when Patrick Maroon banged a rebound past Martin Jones. The Oilers kept up the pressure with Darnell Nurse hitting two posts and Jordan Eberle rattling another before the period was half over.
San Jose got on the board at the 10:12 mark when Mikkel Boedker converted a pass from Chris Tierney. Less than six minutes later, the Sharks caught the Oilers on a sloppy line change. Joe Thornton’s shot on a two-on-one leaked through Cam Talbot. Patrick Marleau banged it the final few inches over the line.
Maroon took a goalie interference penalty in the second period. David Schlemko scored two seconds after the Sharks power play expired to make it 3-1. The Oilers got back-to-back power plays late in the period. Mark Letestu scored on the second one, converting a cross-crease pass from Leon Draisaitl.
Oscar Klefbom tied the game 3-3 with just 2:46 left in the third, blasting a shot just inside the post off a set-up from Desharnais.
“It feels amazing, what an effort tonight for our group,” said Desharnais. “We stuck with it, and it’s a great feeling.”
The Oilers had all the pressure in overtime, outshooting the Sharks 14-2. Connor McDavid nearly won it after seven minutes, but Martin Jones made a great save on the one-timed shot.
Desharnais finally won it, swooping into the slot and knifing a pass from Draisaitl over Jones’ left shoulder.
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Cam Talbot made 27 saves for the win. Jones stopped 44 pucks.
“We’ve been so good at this all year,” said Leon Draisaitl. “We find ways to win, even if it’s not our best game sometimes. Huge props to the guys.”
Game six is Saturday at 8:30pm in San Jose. 630 CHED’s coverage will start with the Face-off Show at 6pm. (jrw)