SAN JOSE CA — Stuart Skinner recorded 20 saves in his first career shutout. The Edmonton Oilers defeated San Jose Sharks 3-0 in Evander Kane’s return home to San Jose
Kane was booed whenever he touched the puck. Kane did not score a point, but he took four shots at goal.
Kane declared before the game that he had “kind of moved on.” “I'm content where I am.”
Jay Woodcroft, Oilers coach: “I have been nothing but impressed by Evander Kane. I believe he is single-minded in his purpose, which (was) to win tonight's Edmonton Oilers game.
Edmonton was represented by Darnell Nurse, Connor McDavid and Warren Foegele. Evan Bouchard was credited with two assists.
Skinner said that his first shutout was “pretty special.” “It's cool to say I got an NHL shutout. It's something you can only dream about as a child. It was definitely a special moment and I am truly grateful.
San Jose lost its fourth consecutive game after James Reimer saved 36. The Sharks had their first game since Feb. 1, and their first at-home game since Jan. 22, when they played their first game.
Bob Boughner stated, “I think you can see that there wasn't much sharpness to our play, and that's a worry after being on such a long break.” “But at this point of the year you've got no excuses and you've got have to find ways.
Two goals from Edmonton put the Oilers ahead in the first period. Foegele netted his sixth goal of season after Edmonton's first shot at goal. Nurse added his fifth goal 1:05 later.
Nurse stated, “We haven’t played with a lead in games a lot this year, but when we find a way and stick to our game plan, it's huge.”
McDavid's 24th goal was scored in the third period after a scoreless first period. He moved into a tie with 64 points for second in the NHL.
The Oilers won the game with a 41-20 win over the Sharks. Both teams were 0-for-4 in the power play.
Woodcroft stated, “I think we played 60 minutes.” “While there were moments when the opposing team had some opportunities, we really enjoyed the dedication to the defensive side, and the willingness to work back to our side.
This report was compiled by the Associated Press.