Sharks erase early deficit, beat Oilers 6-3

NHL Hockey

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)Timo Meier had two goals and an assist and the San Jose Sharks battled back for a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Evander Kane, Maxim Letunov, Stefan Noesen and Kevin Labanc also scored for the Sharks, who have won two in a row.

Sam Gagner, Connor McDavid and Ethan Bear had goals for the Oilers, who have dropped two straight.

Edmonton started the scoring four minutes into the opening period as Gagner, getting an opportunity to play with McDavid on the Oilers’ top line, cashed in on some relentless pressure by roofing a backhand shot from the slot for his fourth of the season.

The Oilers made it 2-0 just 76 seconds later as McDavid turned on the jets to dance around a defender and chip in his 30th of the season past Aaron Dell. It was McDavid’s fourth consecutive 30-goal season.

San Jose cut into the lead 11 minutes into the first as Meier was able to tip Brent Burns’ point shot past Edmonton starter Mikko Koskinen.

The Sharks tied it with a power-play goal with less than two minutes to play in the first as it was Kane’s turn to tip in a shot by Burns for his 21st of the season.

San Jose surged into the lead seven minutes into the second period as Letunov won a battle in front to hook a rebound into the net for his first career NHL goal.

The Sharks made it 4-2 with 7 1/2 minutes to play in the middle period as the puck squirted out front and Noesen tucked it inside the goal post.

The Sharks scored their fifth consecutive goal five minutes into the third as Meier blasted a one-timer to the top corner for his 18th.

Edmonton finally responded shortly afterwards as Bear jumped into the play and wristed home his fifth.

Thoughts of a comeback were ended with eight minutes to play as Meier’s shot banked in off Labanc in front.

NOTES: Edmonton native Tyler Benson made his NHL debut for the Oilers after recording 101 points in 115 games for Bakersfield of the American Hockey League.

UP NEXT

Sharks: host Calgary on Monday night.

Oilers: host Nashville on Saturday.

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