Oilers Put the Skid on Sharks Winning Streak

San Jose still holds NHL's best record

Dwayne Roloson is still the San Jose Sharks' most improbable nemesis. Edmonton's 39-year-old goalie made 41 saves in his latest jaw-dropping effort against San Jose, and the NHL-leading Sharks' nine-game winning streak ended on Kyle Brodziak's goal 2:40 into overtime in the Oilers' 3-2 victory Saturday night.

Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner also scored for the Oilers, the first club to beat San Jose since Nashville earned a 4-3 overtime victory on Nov. 11. Sharks captain Patrick Marleau's hooking penalty gave the Oilers a 4-on-3 edge in overtime, and Brodziak's fling toward the net kicked off the toe of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff's skate past Evgeni Nabokov.

San Jose's NHL-best record dropped to 22-3-2 despite a 43-17 shot advantage in yet another tough loss to the Oilers, who have won 10 of 14 meetings with the Sharks. Nabokov made 14 saves while losing for the first time in 11 starts since Oct. 24.
Dan Boyle and Jeremy Roenick scored for the Sharks, who still haven't lost at the Tank in regulation (14-0-2). San Jose has earned a point in a club-record 25 straight home games dating to last season.

Only exceptional goaltending has beaten the Sharks at home this season. Nashville got 54 saves from Dan Ellis in the only previous victory for a visitor.

Edmonton survived a scoreless third period thanks to Roloson, the well-worn journeyman who inexplicably turns into Grant Fuhr whenever he faces the Sharks.

He memorably backstopped the eighth-seeded Oilers to a second-round playoff victory over San Jose in 2006, repeatedly carrying his club through the series. Roloson then made 48 saves in Edmonton's 2-1 shootout win at the Shark Tank last March 16, which snapped San Jose's franchise-record 11-game winning streak.

Roloson was outstanding again, surviving San Jose's 16-1 shot advantage in the first period before making several of his best stops late. He jumped up to make a save after a teammate ran into him, and he later stopped a shot by Joe Thornton that hit him flush in the mask. Roloson kept playing in that flurry until the mask came off his head.

Playing without injured veterans Jonathan Cheechoo and Brad Lukowich, San Jose had eight shots before Edmonton got its first puck on net. But Hemsky scored his ninth goal on that shot from the slot, extending his scoring streak to eight games.

The Sharks finally were rewarded when Boyle slipped an improbable 35-foot backhand from the corner under Roloson's left pad and off the back of his other leg with 5.5 seconds left in the period. Roenick put the Sharks ahead several minutes later with his second goal in two games after he scored just one in the Sharks' first 25 outings.

But Penner scored on a power play late in the second period, and Edmonton went into the third tied 2-2 despite a 31-10 shot deficit. Roloson kept the Oilers in it with a no-look pad save after teammate Rob Schremp barreled into him, knocking away his stick.

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