- On Thursday night, the Edmonton Oilers came back from a 4-2 deficit to upset the San Jose Sharks 5-4 in overtime at Rogers Place.
- A few minutes later, Kailer Yamamoto scored his 20th goal, receiving Leon Draisaitl and past San Jose goalie James Reimer.
- Nick Bonino reclaimed the Sharks’ advantage. Only 1:05 later, Oilers captain Connor McDavid set up Philip Broberg in the high slot.
The Edmonton Oilers rallied from a 4-2 deficit to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 overtime at Rogers Place on Thursday night.
After the game, Oilers defenseman Brett Kulak remarked, “You expect… to have good habits, and you want to win your battles and use this time effectively to prepare for the first round… (of) the playoffs.”
Noah Gregor scored two quick goals to put the Sharks ahead. Gregor struck the Oilers goaltender with a wrister from the slot shortly after Mikko Koskinen threw the puck away into the corner.
Gregor’s pass was intercepted by Oilers defenceman Evan Bouchard just 26 seconds later.
“We didn’t get off to the best start today, but kudos to our players for finding a way to win on a night when everything wasn’t firing on all cylinders,” Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said.
“I wasn’t concerned,” Kulak explained. “The game is far from over for us at two goals.” We can score two in the same amount of time, and we do it all the time.”
In the second period, Ryan McLeod scored his tenth goal of the season on a power-play rebound to give the Oilers the lead.
Kailer Yamamoto scored his 20th goal a few minutes later, taking a pass from Leon Draisaitl and beating San Jose goaltender James Reimer.
“We know we can trust our process, go back to the fundamental things, and keep chipping away when we realizerealize we’re not entirely on our game,” Kulak said. “We have a lot of offense.”
Scott Reedy responded with a deft deflection on the power play to make it 3-2 Sharks after two periods.
In the 3rd, it was back, and 4. Derek Ryan of the Edmonton Oilers tipped Tyson Barrie’s point shot for his 10th goal.
Nick Bonino regained the Sharks’ lead. Oilers captain Connor McDavid set up Philip Broberg in the high slot only 1:05 later. Broberg tied the game at 4-4 with his first NHL goal.
“Connor made a great play, and I snuck down and tried to get it on the net, and it went in,” Broberg explained. “I’m focused on playing my own game and assisting the team in any way, and scoring a goal would be fantastic.”
“It’s special for him,” Woodcroft said, “and it was a big goal.” “It was a game-tying goal at the time, and I’m sure he’ll remember it for the rest of his life — especially who passed it to him.”
About a minute into overtime, Reimer stopped McDavid on a breakaway. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins set Zach Hyman for a game-winning one-timer with 3:23 remaining.
The Oilers (48-27-6) will play the Vancouver Canucks on Friday to wrap off the regular season. The game will be broadcast live on 630 CHED at 5:30 p.m. with The Faceoff Show. The game begins at 7:00 p.m.
Source: Global News