David Desharnais scored the winner with only 1:45 left in the first overtime period, and the Edmonton Oilers finished off their strike 4-3 against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
Desharnais, posted in the enclave, defeated Martin Jones of a shot on reception on a pass of Leon Draisaitl to end the encounter.
n the third period, the former Montreal Canadiens striker also earned a helping hand on his team-mate’s equalizer.
The Oilers take the lead 3-2 in this quarter-final series of the West.
Patrick Maroon, Mark Letestu, and Oscar Klefbom scored for the Oilers. Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Marleau, and David Schlemko replied for the Sharks.
After a humiliating 7-0 defeat at the fourth game, the Oilers dominated the first 10 minutes of the game.
Todd McLellan’s team took the lead quickly in the first period. Patrick Maroon jumped on Matt Benning’s rebound to score 5:28 at the start of the game.
A few minutes later, the Sharks scored two goals to take the lead 2-1 before retreating to the locker room for the first intermission.
The Sharks took advantage of a bad change in the Oilers. Joe Thornton and Marleau were two to one. Thornton’s wrist shot waved close to the goal line and Marleau took the opportunity to drive him behind Cam Talbot.
David Schlemko scored 3-1, when his wrist shot slipped through the players in the opponent’s cage.
Mark Letestu took advantage of the penalty given to Brent Burns to score the second goal of the Oilers at the end of the second engagement.
The Sharks smothered the Oilers attack the vast majority of the third period before Klefbom allowed a shot from the blue line to hit the mark, with less than three minutes to play at the end of the game.
The sixth game of the series will be in San Jose on Saturday night.