EDMONTON, Alberta — David Desharnais scored late in the first overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Sharks on Thursday night, pushing San Jose to the brink of elimination in the NHL playoffs.
Desharnais, in the slot, one-timed a Leon Draisaitl cross-ice pass past Sharks goaltender Martin Jones to cap an overtime session dominated by Edmonton.
The Oilers lead the Western Conference quarterfinal series 3-2 with Game 6 Saturday night in San Jose.
The series winner takes on the Anaheim Ducks in Round 2.
Patrick Maroon, Mark Letestu, and Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton. Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Marleau, and David Schlemko had goals for San Jose.
The Oilers — looking for a bounce-back game after a 7-0 beat-down by the Sharks in Game 4 — dominated the first 10 minutes, energized by the deafening roar of the orange and blue-clad fans at Rogers Place.
Edmonton took a 1-0 lead at 5:28 when Maroon, standing at the edge of the crease, corralled a rebound off Matt Benning's shot to sweep the puck past Sharks goalie Martin Jones.
The Oilers also hit three goal posts — two by Darnell Nurse and one by Jordan Eberle — before San Jose responded at the midway point of the period.
Marcus Sorensen slap-passed the puck from the blue line to Chris Tierney, who then redirected the puck through the top of the crease to Boedker. He then wristed the puck into an open net.
The Sharks made it 2-1 with just over four minutes to go in the period. Taking advantage of a bad Oilers line change, Joe Thornton and Marleau broke in over the blue line on a two-on-one. Thornton's wrist shot leaked through Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and dribbled to the goal line, where Marleau stuffed it in. The Sharks increased their lead to 3-1 just under nine minutes into the second period. A wrist shot by Schlemko from the blue line fluttered its way through a crowd in the crease and over Talbot's right shoulder.
The Oilers cut the lead to 3-2 on the power play with less than two minutes left in the second period, with Brent Burns in the penalty box for delay of game.
Draisaitl backhanded the puck through a clutch of bodies in the slot to Letestu for a one-timer under the crossbar.
The Sharks smothered the Oilers attack for most of the third period until Klefbom blasted a shot from the blue line to tie the game with less than three minutes to go.
ALL-EMPIRE: LARGE SCHOOL FOOTBALL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Jordon Brookshire, sr., Cardinal Newman
QB: Jack Newman, sr., Analy
QB: Jake Simmons, jr., Rancho Cotate
RB: Jackson Baughman, sr., Windsor
WR: Kalei Aukai, sr., Santa Rosa
WR: Eric Bendyk, sr., Analy
WR: Seth Vernon, sr., Maria Carrillo
OL: Noah Bartolome, sr., Sonoma Valley
OL: Nick Goldthorpe, jr., Rancho Cotate
OL: Luke Haggard, jr., Petaluma
OL: Tommy Luchese, sr., Casa Grande
OL: Jake McElderry, sr., Cardinal Newman
KR: Jack Fricker, jr., El Molino
QB: Isaiah Steele, sr., Santa Rosa
RB: Levi Yeley, sr., Healdsburg
WR: Spencer Vogel, sr., Analy
WR: Damian Wallace, sr., Cardinal Newman
WR: Jalen Ward, jr., Rancho Cotate
TE: Trevor Naugle, sr., Casa Grande
OL: Kelton Arcardo, sr., Analy
OL: Connor Kearney, sr., Analy
OL: Kyle Luque, jr., Rancho Cotate
OL: Jason Vallejo, jr., Montgomery
OL: Zion Vogt, sr., Cardinal Newman
K: Brandon Keefer, sr., Casa Grande
DL: Nick Chase, sr., Analy
DL: Josh Kauvesi, sr., Maria Carrillo
DL: Bas Osborn, jr., Windsor
LB: Mike Daly, sr., Cardinal Newman
LB: Jalen Dural, sr., Cardinal Newman
LB: Joey Pignataro, sr., Windsor
LB: Elias Rantissi, soph., Rancho Cotate
DB: Cassius Banks, sr., Santa Rosa
DB: Eddie Holbrook, sr., Ukiah
DB: Kyle Johnson, sr., Analy
DB: Jason Moran, jr., Cardinal Newman
DL: Morgan Edwards, sr., Ukiah
DL: Dino Kahaulelio, soph., Cardinal Newman
DL: Jordan Parks, sr., Analy
LB: Tanielu Guerrero, sr., Rancho Cotate
LB: Connor Richardson, sr., Petaluma
LB: Brett Stibi, jr., Windsor
LB: Travis Voigt, sr., Casa Grande
DB: Kobi Buckley, jr., Rancho Cotate
DB: Skyler Ito-Lutz, sr., Piner
DB: Zack Nelson, sr., Maria Carrillo
DB: Marcellus Sands, sr., Windsor
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Jonathon Dewey, Ukiah