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Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in shootout to open 7-0

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31), of Finland, deflects a shot on goal by Edmonton Oilers center Jordan Eberle (14) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

SAN JOSE — After rolling to their first five victories, the San Jose Sharks are showing they can win the tight games, too.

Michal Handzus and Dan Boyle scored in the shootout to help the Sharks extend the best start in franchise history with their seventh straight win, 3-2 over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

"That's what good teams do, but we cannot make a habit of it," Handzus said. "Obviously, we've got to be better than the last two games. We've got to work on it. The wins matter, for sure, but you cannot let it slide. You've got to still play well."

Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored unassisted goals off turnovers 39 seconds apart in the second period against Devan Dubnyk to break open a scoreless game. Antti Niemi made 26 saves as the Sharks remained the only unbeaten team in the NHL with their second straight shootout win.

San Jose became the third NHL team to win its first five games by at least two goals, but things have gotten tougher the past two in the shootout wins against Anaheim and Edmonton.


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