The Edmonton Oilers fell behind early and couldn’t recover in a 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night.
The Sharks were in complete control of the first period.
Brent Burns beat Mike Smith high over the glove just past the four-minute mark. Evander Kane made it 2-0 three minutes later, then Patrick Marleau knifed home a deflection, giving the Sharks three goals on eight first-period shots.
Barclay Goodrow notched another one for the Sharks early in the second frame. Leon Draisaitl finally put the Oilers on the board halfway through the second when his long-point shot deflected off Burns and past Martin Jones.
Tomas Hertl made it 5-1 late in the period.
LISTEN: Head Coach Dave Tippett breaks down Oilers’ performance
Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett said the difference between the two teams was quite evident.
“I saw a team that was desperate and trying to get back in the race (San Jose), and a team that was content where they were at (Edmonton). And the desperate team usually wins those games,” he said.
“It shows a little bit of the immaturity of the group to sustain things, like we’re trying to become a real good team – but we’re not there yet.”
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Zack Kassian and Timo Meier traded goals 1:22 apart in the third. Sam Gagner banked a shot in off Jones’ back with 7:42 left for his first of the season.
Draisaitl extended his point streak to 10 games.
LISTEN: Connor McDavid postgame
Captain Connor McDavid said the team didn’t start on time.
“Obviously not ready to go off the hop. They come out strong here in his building, so we definitely know that – it’s happened to us a couple times in this building so, we’ve got to be better.”
The Oilers, 12-6-2, will host Colorado on Thursday.