Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Erik Karlsson Puts Up Four Points as San Jose Sharks Beat Edmonton Oilers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Erik Karlsson Puts Up Four Points as San Jose Sharks Beat Edmonton Oilers

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Karlsson leads Sharks to win over Oilers

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EDMONTON - Erik Karlsson's two-game suspension didn't slow him down one bit.

The star defenceman had a season-high four points on a goal and three assists in his return as the San Jose Sharks beat the slumping Edmonton Oilers 7-4 on Saturday.

"It's nice to be back," said Karlsson, who received a two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Los Angeles Kings forward Austin Wagner.

"It's never fun to be out of the lineup especially for the reason that I was out for -- it was a little unjustified I think. But I made the most of it and I watched the games and sometimes it's good to watch the game from afar too, you figure a few things out. I was excited to get back today and do everything I could to stay in it and luckily it was only two (games)."

Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson each had two goals and Joonas Donskoi and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks (21-12-7), who have won two in a row and pulled into a tie for top spot in the Pacific Division with the Calgary Flames entering Saturday night's action.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said having Erik Karlsson back on the blue-line was a big boost.

"You can see his impact on our team with the players around him," DeBoer said of the former Ottawa Senators captain. "You take him for granted a little bit, you realize when you take him out the hole is there and I think every week he's getting more comfortable here."

Connor McDavid had a pair of goals and Caleb Jones and Leon Draisaitl also responded for the Oilers (18-17-3), who have lost a season-high five straight and have slipped to a tie for fourth in the wild-card race.

"They won the one-on-ones, they knocked us out of the box, they won the net front. They owned us," said Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock.

Edmonton started the scoring six-and-a-half minutes into the first period when Ty Rattie made the most of his return to the top line when his shot hit the inside of the post and appeared to trickle past San Jose starter Martin Jones. …

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