|20-20-2, 42 points, 1 p/g||Ranks||17-23-5, 39 points, .867 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 6th||Pacific Division - 7th|
Yak's Back, But It's Not Enough
Nail Yakupov scored Edmonton's lone goal in his triumphant return to the lineup, while Cam Talbot turned aside 36 of 37 San Jose shots. San Jose scored twice in the shootout, helping push the Sharks to a 2-1 shootout victory while lengthening the distance between Edmonton and third place in the Pacific.
The goal was Yak's third of the season, and it brought the Oilers to a 1-1 tie eight minutes into the second period. Marc-Edouard Vlasic got San Jose on the board midway through the first with his fifth of the year.
Edmonton takes two points out of possible four on their brief two game road trip. Great if you're playing the Eastern Conference, but killer if you're trying to play catch-up in your division. The Oilers face Calgary tonight at the Pillbox.
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"I thought he had a lot of energy...He played fast. He was prepared to shoot the puck, and we'd been missing that dangerous shot all the time...I was impressed with him being able to play at the pace he did after being out as long as he was. Good for him."
That's Oilers coach Todd McLellan on Nail Yakupov's return to the lineup.
Score a goal? Check.
Draw the game's first penalty? Check
We need to get that McDavid guy back and put 'em back together.
The opponents are saying
"He was telling us he was good, but this morning getting on the ice, it was clear that it was not good." Source
Ten forwards had more ice time then Yakupov tonight.— Brenden Ullrich (@BrendenUllrich) January 15, 2016