National Hockey League
Edmonton 5, San Jose 2
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 24, 2022
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Chris Lee, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen: Brandon Gawryletz, Travis Toomey
Attendance: 16740

Leon Draisaitl scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the visiting San Jose Sharks 5-2 Thursday night.

Kailer Yamamoto, Evander Kane and newcomer Derick Brassard also tallied as the Oilers improved to 6-1-1 in their past eight games. Goaltender Mike Smith made 28 saves.

Erik Karlsson and Tomas Hertl scored for San Jose, which had a two-game winning streak snapped. Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, making his Sharks debut after being acquired from Minnesota at the NHL's trade deadline Monday, stopped 36 of the 40 shots he faced.

Draisaitl moved into sole possession of second place in the league's goal-scoring race at 7:39 of the second period, breaking a 1-1 tie and giving the Oilers the lead for good. Zack Kassian's forecheck forced a turnover along the right-wing boards in San Jose's end and Draisaitl picked up the loose puck and shot it under Kahkonen's pads on a wrist shot from just inside the faceoff dot.

Draisaitl scored his 44th of the season, two behind Toronto's Auston Matthews, on the power play at 13:55 of the third by redirecting Connor McDavid's pass into the net from just outside the top of the crease.

Kane added an empty-netter against his former team at 17:18.

Karlsson broke a scoreless tie at 1:08 of the second, tapping the puck into the net after a nifty cross-ice pass from Hertl.

The Oilers tied it on the power play at 4:34 of the period as Yamamoto drove to the net and slid a backhander between Kahkonen's pads.

After Draisaitl gave the Oilers a 2-1 advantage through two periods, Brassard, acquired Monday from Philadelphia, extended the lead at 6:49 of the third as his pass from the left point deflected off Karlsson's skate and into the net.

Hertl pulled the Sharks back within a goal just 29 seconds later, taking a pass from Meier and scoring on a one-timer from between the hashmarks.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returned to the Oilers' lineup after missing 12 games with an upper-body injury. Brett Kulak made his Edmonton debut after coming over in a deadline deal from Montreal.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
San Jose   Edmonton
Tomas Hertl 2 Points Leon Draisaitl 2
Tomas Hertl 1 Goals Leon Draisaitl 2
Timo Meier 2 Assists Connor McDavid 2
N/A Power Play Goals Leon Draisaitl 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Kaapo Kahkonen .900 Save Percentage Mike Smith .933
Kaapo Kahkonen 36 Saves Mike Smith 28
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 30 2 0-2 0-2 4 33
Edmonton 41 5 2-2 2-2 4 35
Upcoming Games
  • Edmonton will play their next game on the road against Calgary. The Oilers have a W/L % of .639 after a win and .448 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play their next game at home against Anaheim. The Sharks have a W/L % of .448 after a win and .429 after a loss.