Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Desharnais Scores OT Winner; Oilers Beat Sharks in Game 5 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Desharnais Scores OT Winner; Oilers Beat Sharks in Game 5 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

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Oilers beats Sharks 4-3 in OT in Game 5

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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers rallied from a two-goal deficit to storm the San Jose Sharks in overtime, win 4-3, and push the Sharks to the brink of elimination in the NHL playoffs.

David Desharnais scored with less than two minutes to go in the first overtime frame for the win on Thursday night.

The fourth-line centre, in the slot, one-timed a Leon Draisaitl cross-ice pass past Sharks goaltender Martin Jones as the orange and blue-clad fans roared at Rogers Place.

"It feels amazing," Desharnais, a trade-deadline pickup from Montreal, said in the Oilers locker-room afterward.

"Everybody was tired a little bit on the ice, so I just jumped in the hole, and (Draisaitl) made a really good pass and I just tried to shoot it as quick as I could and it went in."

The game was also a measure of redemption for Draisaitl, a top-10 NHL scorer this season who had been missing in action with no points prior to Thursday.

On top of that, he had been fined a day earlier for spearing Sharks centre Chris Tierney in the groin in Game 4.

Draisaitl also set up Mark Letestu late in the second period to cut the Sharks lead to 3-2.

"The first couple of games I hadn't been good, and tonight was a step in the right direction," said Draisaitl.

"I need to play like that. I'm expected to play like that."

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.

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

"It feels unreal right now, especially how we won," said Klefbom.

"They came out to play, and so did we."

Boedker said it's a bottom-line game.

"It's always disappointing to lose. Losing sucks. There is no way around that," said Boedker. …

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