Event Name: San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: January 8, 2018
Location: SAP Center: 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Hosted by: San Jose Sharks Hockey
Both teams started off playing a very tight game. There was only one shot on goal in the first seven minutes of the game and that’s for both teams combined. Before the Sharks even registered a shot on goal, Evander Kane tried to pass from the left circle to Tomas Hertl but the puck bounced off the skate of Oilers’ defenseman into their own net. About thirteen minutes into the period, Marcus Sorensen got a break away but he was mowed down by Oilers’ defense which led to him getting a penalty shot. He skated down towards the right circle then cut towards the left and shot it far side into the net. Just a couple of minutes later, while the Sharks were short handed, Connor McDavid passed from the left circle to Alex Chiasson low to the right of the blue paint. He redirected it into the Sharks net and cut the Sharks lead to just 1 goal. A minute later, Joonas Donskoi skated the puck in on the right side as he maneuvered around a couple of Oilers. He then cut to the left and took a backhand shot that bounced off the goalie and into the net. Sharks in 3-1 lead.
Six minutes into the second period, Brent Burns took the puck around from behind the goal for a wrap-around to the goalie’s right. The puck went through the paint and bounced off Kane’s skate and into the net for a deadly 4-1 Sharks lead. Halfway through the period, Joakim Ryan misplayed a three-on-two for the Oilers making it a two-on-one. With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the right, Tim Heed in the middle and Milan Lucic on the left, Nugent-Hopkins got the pass across to Lucic for an easy redirect into the Sharks’ net. While the Sharks were on a power play, Burns skated low in the right circle and shot it top shelf short side giving the Sharks a 5-2 lead.
Just over a minute into the third period, Joe Thornton’s attempt for a pass deflected off of couple of Oilers and into their own net extending the Sharks lead to 6-2. Half way through the period, Donskoi scored his second goal of the game on rebound from Kane’s shot.
Final Score 7-2 Sharks
Tonight the Sharks led in shots (36-22), face offs (60%-40%) and giveaways (14-10) while the Oilers led in hits (22-19) and blocked shots (13-6). Both teams tied in takeaways at 9.
3 stars of the game:
First Star: Sharks – Eric Karlsson
Second Star: Sharks – Evander Kane
Third Star: Sharks – Joonas Donskoi
Sharks next away game is against the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday 1/10/19
INDTVUSA Staff Writer
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