Reimer finishes with season-high in saves but Sharks lose to Oilers in OT
EDMONTON, Alberta — Darnell Nurse scored at 4:45 of overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 5-4 win over the struggling San Jose Sharks on Monday night for their fourth straight win.
Mattias Ekholm had two goals, Kailer Yamamoto had a goal and an assist, and Nick Bjugstad also scored to help the Oilers win for the sixth time in seven games. Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had two assists, and Jack Campbell had 28 saves.
Erik Karlsson scored twice, Alexander Barabanov had a goal and an assist, and Steven Lorentz also scored for the Sharks, who lost their seventh straight (0-4-3) and fell to 2-11-4 in their last 17 games. James Reimer had a season-high 46 saves.
With the clock winding down in the extra period, Nurse got a long pass from Yamamoto along the right side, skated in on Reimer on a breakaway, and beat him through the five-hole for his eighth of the season.
Ekholm tied it 4-4 with 3:47 left in the third with his second of the night and eighth of the season as he got a pass from McDavid, skated into the left circle, and fired a shot past Reimer. It was Ekholm’s first multigoal game since he had two against Columbus on Feb. 27, 2021. McDavid, who has an NHL-best 58 goals, extended his league lead with 78 assists and 136 points.
Karlsson put the Sharks ahead 4-3 with a one-timer from between the circles off a pass from Barabanov for his second of the night and 22nd of the season with 5:37 left in the second.
Barabanov got San Jose on the scoreboard first with a slap shot from the left circle on the rebound of a shot by Tomas Hertl at 5:48 of the first. It was his 15th.
Bjugstad tied it 1:20 later as he scored from the left doorstep off a setup from Warren Foegele before Reimer could get back over. It was his 16th.
Yamamoto put the Oilers ahead 2-1 as knocked in a loose puck from the inside edge of the right circle for his 10th just 30 seconds into the second.
Lorentz tied it eight minutes later on a breakaway as he batted the puck out of the air after Campbell had stopped the initial shot. It was his eighth.
Karlsson gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead less than two minutes later as he got a pass from Fabian Zetterlund, skated in on Campbell, and went backhand-forehand-backhand to get the goalie out of position before putting it in.
Ekholm tied it with 8:12 left in the second as he skated between two defenders in the left circle and put a backhander past Reimer on the glove side.
The game featured four goals that were erased — three for San Jose — after video reviews. Hertl appeared to give San Jose a 1-0 lead 1:14 in but was overturned for offside. Zach Hyman gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead midway through the first, but it was disallowed for goalie interference.
The Sharks looked to have tied it 2-2 six minutes into the second on a goal by Andreas Johnsson, but once again it was called back for goalie interference. Noah Gregor’s goal on an odd-man rush four minutes into the third that would have given San Jose a 5-3 lead was wiped out for offside.
Sharks: At Vancouver on Thursday night in the second of a three-game trip.
Oilers: Host Arizona on Wednesday night in the second of a three-game homestand.
As Reported by Marin Independent Journal