Cou­ture, Boyle score in Sharks’ win over Oilers

The Pak Banker - - International -

SAN JOSE, CALIF: Lo­gan Cou­ture and Dan Boyle scored 3:28 apart in the sec­ond pe­riod, lead­ing the San Jose Sharks past the Ed­mon­ton Oilers 2-1 on Tues­day night.

An­tero Ni­it­ty­maki stopped 26 shots to beat the Oilers for the third time this sea­son and give the Sharks their first three-game win­ning streak.

Dustin Pen­ner scored for the Oilers, who lost for the third time in four games. Niko­lai Khabibu­lin made 28 saves, but Ed­mon­ton's three-game win­ning streak on the road ended.

Cou­ture net­ted his fourth goal in three games against fel­low NHL rookie of the year con­tenders Jor­dan Eberle and Tay­lor Hall. Eberle had four goals in his pre­vi­ous three games, and Hall had three as­sists in the Oilers' 6-3 vic­tory over Colum­bus on Thurs­day.

Cou­ture cre­ated his own scor­ing op­por­tu­nity, steal­ing the puck from Li­nus Omark in the neu­tral zone and ex­e­cut­ing a give-and-go with Ryane Clowe.

Clowe got one de­fense­man to com­mit be­fore pass­ing across the crease, giv­ing Cou­ture, who has an NHL-high 10 goals in De­cem­ber, a clean shot to the stick side past Khabibu­lin.

Boyle scored a power-play goal af­ter skat­ing into the slot and fir­ing a shot past Khabibu­lin, who was screened by Dany Heat­ley. Joe Thorn­ton earned an as­sist to give him six against Ed­mon­ton in three games this sea­son. -Ap

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