The Sharks closed to within two points of the Los Angeles Kings after their NHL-best 25th road win.
The San Jose Sharks did James Reimer no favors in his first appearance in teal, taking seven penalties in a 4-2 loss to Vancouver. With San Jose playing for the second consecutive night, Reimer gave Sharks fans a glimpse of why Doug Wilson acquired him before the trade deadline.
Reimer made 31 saves in posting his first victory with the Sharks as he led San Jose to a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Just like last night, San Jose got off to quick start as Logan Couture took an innocent looking wrist shot from the left wing that Cam Talbot couldn’t locate. With the puck lying in between Talbot’s legs in the crease, Couture was able to poke home his first goal in eight games to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at the 1:33 mark of the opening frame.
While San Jose didn’t build much momentum off the goal, they were able to stay out of the penalty box which had been an issue over the past two contests. Reimer was solid between the pipes, making 12 saves to maintain the Sharks advantage.
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Then, team teal would get an opportunity on the power play to extend their lead with under five minutes remaining in the first. The puck would find its way to Couture who had all day to fire home his 10th goal of the season, and second of the night, as the Sharks would take a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
The second period wouldn’t feature much in the way of chances on either end as each team was only able to muster seven shots apiece. However, San Jose was able to find the back of the net on a patented re-direct from none other than Joe Pavelski.
Pavelski would tip a harmless shot from Paul Martin past Talbot for his 31st goal of the season and second in as many nights after his game-winning goal in overtime last night.
From then on, Reimer would take center stage as the Oilers would put on a push in the final period to try and get back in the game.
Fortunately for the Sharks, Reimer would stand his ground making 12 more saves in the third period as he has still not allowed an even strength goal in six periods in San Jose.
It was another solid display from the Sharks as they continued their reign as the top road team in the NHL. Now, it’s time for them to translate that success to SAP Center where the Sharks will spend a majority of the month of March.
San Jose now returns home trailing the Los Angeles Kings by two points in the Pacific. The Sharks will begin a three-game home stand against Eastern Conference foes, beginning Thursday night when the New Jersey Devils come to town.