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Desharnais delights Oilers fans with OT winner in Game 5 against the Sharks

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WATCH ABOVE: Global Edmonton sports anchor Kevin Karius was just giving viewers one more update on the thrilling Game 5 when David Desharnais scored an overtime goal to win it for Edmonton. The fans went crazy in Ford Hall at Rogers Place, where Karius was doing his live hit – Apr 21, 2017

David Desharnais scored late in the first overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks Thursday, 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 quarter-final series 3-2, with Game 6 Saturday night in San Jose.

The series winner takes on the Anaheim Ducks in Round 2.

READ MORE: Anaheim Ducks douse Calgary Flames’ post-season in first-round sweep

Patrick Maroon, Mark Letestu, and Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton. Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Marleau, and David Schlemko replied for San Jose.

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The Oilers — looking for a bounce-back game after an epic 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.

READ MORE: Edmonton Oilers crushed 7-0 by Sharks in Game 4

Edmonton took a 1-0 lead at 5:28 when Maroon, standing at the edge of the crease, corralled a rebound off a Matt Benning 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. Boedker then wristed the puck into an open net to complete the tic-tac-toe play.

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.

Watch below: Oilers fans were jubilant and boisterous on the streets of downtown Edmonton after their team took a 3-2 series lead over the San Jose Sharks when they won 4-3 in overtime at Rogers Place on Thursday night.

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Oilers fans celebrate in downtown Edmonton after Game 5 win over Sharks – Apr 21, 2017

The Sharks made it 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.

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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 play.

Watch below: After the Edmonton Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks in overtime at Rogers Place to take a 3-2 lead in their playoff series, David Desharnais, Leon Draisaitl, Oscar Klefbom and coach Todd McLellan spoke to reporters.

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Edmonton Oilers speak to reporters after electrifying OT win in Game 5 against the Sharks – Apr 21, 2017

 

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GALLERY: Game 5 action between the Oilers and the Sharks below:

An Edmonton Oilers fan cheers the tying goal during third period NHL hockey round one playoff action against the San Jose Sharks, in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Edmonton Oilers celebrate their win following overtime NHL hockey round one playoff action against the San Jose Sharks, in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid, left, Leon Draisaitl, centre, of Germany, and Zack Kassian celebrate their win following overtime NHL hockey round one playoff action against the San Jose Sharks, in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Edmonton Oilers celebrate their win following overtime NHL hockey round one playoff action against the San Jose Sharks, in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid, left, Leon Draisaitl, centre, of Germany, and Matthew Benning celebrate their win following overtime NHL hockey round one playoff action against the San Jose Sharks, in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, left, dives for the puck as Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins crashes into him during overtime NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, centre, looks on as Edmonton Oilers' David Desharnais celebrates his game-winning goal during overtime NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks' Melker Karlsson, right, of Sweden, looks on as Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid gets away from him during overtime NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl, left, of the Czech Republic, vies with Edmonton Oilers' Oscar Klefbom, of Sweden, for control of the puck during third period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) looks on as the Edmonton Oilers celebrate their tying goal during third period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau, centre, tries to get past Edmonton Oilers' Kris Russell, left, and Zack Kassian during third period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski, right, upends Edmonton Oilers' Milan Lucic during third period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton, centre, looks on as Edmonton Oilers' Mark Letestu, centre left, plays the puck from his knees during third period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) looks back at the net as Edmonton Oilers' Milan Lucic (27) celebrates a goal by teammate Mark Letestu (55) during second period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, centre, scrambles for the puck as Edmonton Oilers' Drake Caggiula, centre right, and Leon Draisaitl, of Germany, try to get it past him during second period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, centre, looks back at the net as Edmonton Oilers' Milan Lucic watches the puck go in on a shot by teammate Mark Letestu, not shown, during second period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks' David Schlemko, centre, celebrates his goal with teammates as Edmonton Oilers players look on during second period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, centre, scrambles for the puck as Edmonton Oilers' Drake Caggiula, right, tries to get it past him during second period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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Edmonton Oilers' Mark Letestu (55) celebrates his goal with teammates during second period NHL hockey round one playoff action against the San Jose Sharks, in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks' Timo Meier, left, of Switzerland, tries to get past Edmonton Oilers' Matthew Benning during first period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
San Jose Sharks' Timo Meier, left, of Switzerland, chases Edmonton Oilers' Matthew Benning during first period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh