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Oilers try to extend win streak in clash with Sharks

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Edmonton Oilers have endured plenty of losing streaks this season, but on Wednesday night the club can post three consecutive wins for just the second time this campaign as it plays host to the mighty San Jose Sharks.

The Oilers snapped a six-game slide with Sunday's 5-1 victory over Nashville, then made it two in a row for the first time in a month by knocking off the Vancouver Canucks the following night.

David Perron completed his second career hat trick with an empty-net goal, while Jesse Joensuu broke a tie game with his first goal in 15 games 2:20 into the third period in a 4-2 win.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots for the Oilers, who have won two in a row for the first time since Dec. 23-27. They first won three straight this season from Nov. 16-21.

"That's the way we need to play to earn points in this league," said Perron, whose 22 goals this season set a new career high, surpassing the 21 he netted with the St. Louis Blues in 2011-12.

Taylor Hall had an assist and has logged six helpers over his past five games.

Edmonton, which begins a four-game road trip on Saturday, is still last in the Western Conference with 40 points.

Bryzgalov is 10-11-4 with a 2.35 goals against average in his career versus the Sharks, while fellow Oilers netminder Ben Scrivens has faced them just once before.

Scrivens, who in his last start won for the first time in three starts since being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings, dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Sharks on Nov. 27, making 38 saves.

The Oilers have lost six in a row and 10 of their last 13 versus the Sharks, including two meetings this season. Edmonton has also dropped four straight and 10 of the past 12 as the host.

San Jose will try to rebound tonight after having a six-game winning streak halted with Monday's 1-0 setback to the Los Angeles Kings in the finale of a four-game homestand.

Anze Kopitar had the lone goal of the game, beating Sharks backup netminder Alex Stalock at 17:56 of the second period. That snapped Stalock's shutout streak at a franchise-record 178 minutes and 55 seconds.

Stalock, who had posted shutouts in each of his previous two starts, made 20 saves and bested Evgeni Nabokov's previous franchise mark of 171:18, set in January of 2009.

"Al (Stalock) gives us a shot to win every night and tonight was no exception," San Jose captain Joe Thornton said of Stalock. "He played super."

San Jose will also play in Calgary tomorrow night, so both Stalock and Antti Niemi could see action over the next two days.

Niemi has never lost to the Oilers in his career, going 7-0-1 with a 2.18 GAA,. He stopped 23-of-24 shots faced in a 5-1 home win over Edmonton on Jan. 2.

Stalock faced the Oilers for the first and only time in his career on Nov. 15 on the road. He made 30 saves in a 3-1 win.

01/29 10:32:20 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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