Lucic's hat trick leads Oilers past Sharks 4-2


Only 44 seconds into the game, the Oilers received a penalty for having too many men on the ice, sending the Sharks to the power play but Edmonton was able to kill it off easily. If the Ducks beat Chicago and the Oilers lose in regulation, or Anaheim gets one point while Edmonton gets none, then Sharks-Oilers it is.

"We want to go into the playoffs with our game sharp and confident", Lucic said.

The Oilers piled up half of their period's shots on a late power play, but Jones (28 saves) was up to the task in stopping all five directed his way while short-handed. Two of those were on the power play, proving just how important special teams will need to be in the playoffs.

Thursday's win gives Edmonton the season series 3-2 and put a stranglehold on home ice advantage when these teams meet again next week in the first round.

"You're still fighting for home ice, which could turn out to be obviously a very big deal", Jannik Hansen said.

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San Jose played this crucial game without its top two centers with Joe Thornton (left knee) and Logan Couture (mouth) remaining sidelined by injuries.

On the flip side, if the Oilers beat the Sharks tonight, they will need to pick up only one point in two games against the woeful Canucks to secure home ice in the opening round.

Marcus Sorenson had a chance to make it 3-1 in the third when Matt Benning pulled him down for a penalty shot early in the third, but Talbot kept it a one-goal game.

"If he scores there, we might not come back and win the game", Talbot said. If Jones gets the call, it would be his 66th of the campaign.

A few minutes later, Klefbom sent a puck from behind the net into the crease and Lucic poked it in for his 22nd goal of the season to give the Oilers the lead.

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The defence was excellent, limiting the Sharks to just 15 shots on goal and completely shutting them down on four power-play attempts.

"The last three games pucks just find me in the right place and I'm able to pounce on it", he said. Milan Lucic led the crusade, and the Oilers made the most of their power-play time.

The teams traded goals in the second period as San Jose nursed a 2-1 lead into the third despite getting outshot 21-10.

HARD RIDE - McDavid's two points extended his points streak to 12 games and gave him 97 points and a virtually insurmountable nine-point lead in the scoring race with two games to go.

NOTES: McDavid has 22 points during his streak and leads the National Hockey League with 97 overall this season. Brent Burns floated a point shot past a screened Talbot to put San Jose back ahead with 7:30 left in the frame. Sharks D Marc-Edouard Vlasic recorded his 200th career assist on Ward's goal. San Jose's Micheal Haley was levied an unsportsmanlike minor on top of his fight with Lucic, who leveled Chris Tierney with a clean yet thunderous open-ice hit.

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He waited momentarily and then wristed a shot that Williams deflected past Lundqvist on the far side at 14:49 of the period. The Washington Capitals look for another big victory after winning eight of their last nine games.