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Desharnais scores OT winner; Oilers beat Sharks in Game 5 to take 3-2 series lead
Edmonton Oilers left wing Patrick Maroon celebrates his goal with teammates during first period of game five NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff action against the San Jose Sharks, in Edmonton on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (Jeff McIntosh / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 12:07AM MDT
EDMONTON - 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.
Patrick Maroon, Mark Letestu, and Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton. Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Marleau, and David Schlemko replied for San Jose.
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.