Marleau and Couture lead Sharks past Oilers 6-3 

click to enlarge San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture, left, celebrates his goal with teammates Patrick Marleau. - JASON FRANSON/AP
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  • San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture, left, celebrates his goal with teammates Patrick Marleau.

Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture each had two goals and an assist as the Sharks won their second in a row to start the abbreviated NHL season, defeating the Oilers 6-3 Tuesday 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 8½ minutes into the opening period as Sam Gagner passed the puck through the goalmouth to a hard-charging Yakupov, who put the puck in the net before Sharks goalie Antti Niemi could get across the crease.

It was the first NHL goal for Yakupov, who was drafted first overall in last summer’s 2012 entry draft by the Oilers.
San Jose quickly restored its two-goal lead halfway through the first as Thornton’s no-look pass from behind the net found Marleau, who sent home his third goal of the season.

Just over a minute later it was a 4-1 game for the Sharks as Marleau scored high to the glove side on a quick shot from the slot on another power play with Thornton picking up his third assist of the game.

The first-period pounding wasn’t over yet, however.

San Jose added two more goals to make it 6-1 after 20 minutes as Couture scored his second of the game on a rebound with just under two minutes left and Vlasic scored on a screened point shot with 40 seconds remaining.
San Jose outshot Edmonton 17-7 in the first.

Note: Free-agent forward Scott Gomez continues to skate with the Sharks but no contract had been signed with San Jose as of game time. Gomez, who posted just two goals and nine assists in 38 games with Montreal last season, was bought out by the Canadiens last week.

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