Garon held the Sharks scoreless on eight power-play attempts and
the Edmonton Oilers defeated San Jose 3-2.
"It's always tough to get a win here in San Jose," Garon said.
"It's one of the first times I've won here and I think it's huge
for us starting a road trip."
Coming into the game, Garon was just 1-5-1 in 10 career games
against San Jose while playing for Montreal and Los Angeles.
"We did a good job killing penalties, especially those five-on-threes and that made a difference," Garon said.
"It was just one of those games where everyone is shell-shocked
by the number of penalties," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said.
"It was pretty incredible. Killing that six-on-three down to the
last second was quite incredible."
Everyone on the Oilers was amazed that Garon was able to defend
against so many power plays.
"Guys did a great job and again," Kyle Brodziak said. "Matty
Garon was pretty unbelievable keeping us in the game and they had a
lot of shots, but he made a number of big saves and controlled a
lot of rebounds for us so that's a huge advantage when you're on
the penalty kill."
The Sharks embark on an eight-game road trip and won't play at
home again until March 3. While enjoying a 17-5-13 mark on the
road, the team saw its home mark fall to 14-13-5.
"We had, I don't know why, a lot of guys who weren't really
committed, maybe they took the Oilers lightly," San Jose coach Ron
Wilson said. "We worked hard to get those power plays but they
couldn't bring the passion they needed to score."
Edmonton scored first when Alex Hemsky capitalized on a power play
with 18:29 remaining in the second period. Hemsky scored his 15th
goal on a backhand after getting the rebound of a Sam Gagner
wraparound that ricocheted off the goal.
Hemsky has played with a sore wrist for the past four weeks that
he puts a removable cast on when he's not playing.
Edmonton increased its lead to 2-0 when Brodziak scored with
10:27 left in the second when Zack Stortini's scoring attempt was
easily stopped by goalie Evgeni Nabokov, but the puck landed in
front of Brodziak who then tapped in his ninth goal of the season.
San Jose made it 2-1 when Joe Pavelski scored with 3:17 left in
the second. Garon stopped Marc-Edouard Vlasic's shot when the puck
rolled to Pavelski, who scored his 12th goal of the season.
The Oilers made it 3-1 in the third when Ethan Moreau grabbed
the puck after Kyle McLaren missed it with more than 16 minutes
left in the game. Moreau then passed to Pisani, who slapped the
puck between Nabokov's legs for his sixth goal of the season.
"I was just trying to keep it in and keep it in front of me,"
McLaren said. "It bounced over my stick and right onto his. You
try to catch those pucks, it's pretty hard. It was an unfortunate
bounce. I would have played different knowing it was going to
bounce like that, it's too bad."
Mike Grier scored a short-handed goal with more than 11 minutes
left in the game to make it 3-2. It was Grier's seventh goal of the
Nabokov, who leads all goalies in minutes played and wins
stopped 15 shots, but suffered his 18th loss.
Notes San Jose captain Patrick Marleau missed his second straight
game with a groin injury. ... The Oilers need just two goals to
register their 8,000th regular-season goal in franchise history.
... Edmonton leads the NHL with 12 shootout wins. ... Wilson needs
five wins to pass Darryl Sutter (192) become the winningest Sharks'
head coach. ... Sharks center Joe Thornton needs one assist for 500
for his career.
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Arena: HP Pavilion Location: San Jose, California
Referees: Don Koharski, Steve Kozari Linesmen: Brad Kovachik, Brian Murphy
Attendance: 17,496 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Ales Hemsky (15)
(Power Play) Assists: Sam Gagner, Dustin Penner