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San Jose cruises to 6-3 victory over Edmonton

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi makes the save on Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 93, during third period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

EDMONTON, Alberta — Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture each had two goals and an assist as the San Jose Sharks won their second in a row to start the abbreviated NHL season, defeating the

Oilers 6-3 on Tuesday night and ruin Edmonton's home opener.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Dan Boyle also scored and Joe Thornton had three assists for the Sharks (2-0-0). Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz replied for the Oilers (1-1-0).

San Jose struck first on a two-man advantage just three minutes into the match as Joe Pavelski fed it to Boyle at the top of the circle and his blast got past Edmonton's starting goalie Devan Dubnyk.

It was a 2-0 game just over a minute later as the Sharks again capitalized on the power play, this time on a Couture wrist shot that fooled Dubnyk.

Edmonton was able to respond on a power play of its own 8 1/2 minutes into the opening period as Sam Gagner passed the puck through the goalmouth to a hard-charging Yakupov, who put the puck


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