McDavid’s OT goal leads Oilers past Sharks 2-1

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) looks to pass the puck past San Jose Sharks defenseman Jaycob Megna (24) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid (97) looks to pass the puck previous San Jose Sharks defenseman Jaycob Megna (24) for the duration of the 2nd interval of an NHL hockey video game Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)


Connor McDavid scored 31 seconds into time beyond regulation off a perfect move from goalie Mike Smith and the Edmonton Oilers rallied to defeat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Tuesday night time for their fifth straight get.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied it with a shorter-handed target with 8:04 remaining in regulation prior to McDavid won it many thanks to an assist from a unconventional playmaker.

Smith stopped Brent Burns on a hurry early in overtime and quickly played the puck forward to a racing McDavid, who corralled it just earlier centre ice and defeat James Reimer for the winner. The aim prolonged McDavid’s factors streak to 14 online games, giving him 12 aims and 15 helps all through the run.

“Our goalie can make maybe the play of the yr there with that help save and getting the existence of brain to toss it up there,” McDavid mentioned. “Smitty plays the puck unbelievably nicely. He was so great all evening. For that to happen, it was quite distinctive to be a element of that participate in.”

The victory moved the Oilers into next place in the Pacific Division with a just one-issue guide about Los Angeles, while the Kings have a match in hand. Edmonton is five points in advance of fourth-put Vegas in the division.

Smith produced 31 will save to retain the Oilers in the recreation in regulation in advance of encouraging to earn it in time beyond regulation.

“It feels like we variety of possibly stole two here, but it doesn’t make any difference how you do it at this time of yr,” McDavid reported.

Tomas Hertl scored a energy-participate in target in the 1st period of time but the Sharks ended up unable to hold on to the lead and missing their fourth straight. Reimer designed 22 will save.

“We did every thing we wanted to do five on five,” coach Bob Boughner stated. “That was a single of our most effective, most stable games in a extended time. A minor little bit of the tale of our year. Outchanced a workforce, had so quite a few prospects. Smith played good and you are unable to get that second purpose that you will need.”

San Jose had a likelihood to increase onto the lead with the power enjoy halfway by the third interval. But the top rated device unsuccessful to create and then the next unit let the Oilers tie it when Nugent-Hopkins finished after fairly passes from Darnell Nurse and Zach Hyman set him up at the aspect of the web.

“I assumed our workforce showed a small bit of resiliency,” coach Jay Woodcroft reported. “I did not consider it was our smoothest sport or cleanest video game. But down by just one heading into the 3rd time period, discovering a way to gain in time beyond regulation in extraordinary manner. It is a credit history to our sticktoitiveness and the difficult operate of all people gamers in that dressing area.”

San Jose capitalized on a energy enjoy in the initial period of time when Brent Burns established up Hertl for a one-timer from the circle. Hertl beat Smith for his 27th intention of the season.

Sitting down OUT

The Oilers performed without 50-intention scorer Leon Draisaitl, who sat out a working day after he missed practice for what was named a “maintenance day.” Draisaitl took component in an optional skate Tuesday morning but was not equipped to play in the recreation.

Draisaitl reached the 50-purpose mark for the next time in his profession on Sunday in Anaheim. He has a 12-video game points streak with 12 goals and 10 assists in that span. His absence finishes his streak of 354 consecutive outings that begun on Oct. 24, 2017.

YOUTH Movement

The Sharks played 4 rookies — forwards Jonah Gadjovich, Scott Reedy and Sasha Chmelevski, and defenseman Ryan Merkley — to give them 373 video games played by rookies this period. That surpassed the 1992-93 and 2005-06 seasons for the 2nd most in franchise background to the 491 games performed by rookies in the 1991-92 enlargement season.


Sharks forward John Leonard remaining the video game early in the next period of time immediately after blocking a shot with his foot and did not return.

UP Upcoming

Oilers: At Los Angeles on Thursday night.

Sharks: Host Calgary on Thursday night.


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