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Sharks shut out in Edmonton

EDMONTON, Alberta -- San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan said his first message to his players before Wednesday's game against Edmonton was that they weren't going to face the same Oilers team they beat by four goals four weeks ago. That was especially true for the man they saw in goal.

The Sharks had 59 shots on goal but couldn't solve Ben Scrivens, losing, 3-0, for their second straight shutout defeat.

The Sharks had 20 shots in the first period and 22 in the second period as the game was played in Edmonton's zone almost right from the start.

But despite two power plays and some glorious scoring chances -- most notably by Bracken Kearns, Patrick Marleau and Jason Demers -- the Sharks could not get anything past Scrivens as they started their two-game trip on a sour note.

Justin Schultz scored in the second period and Taylor Hall scored in the third for the Oilers, who won their third straight. Jordan Eberle capped the scoring for Edmonton with a power-play goal with 1:20 left in the third

Late in the second period, Scrivens stopped Marleau on a breakaway with a blocker save. Less than 30 seconds later, Scrivens again stopped Marleau with the blocker, this time on a one-timer as Marleau took a pass from Brent Burns on a 2 on 1.

Earlier in the second, Scrivens, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 15 for a third-round pick in this year's draft, brought the Rexall Place crowd to life with glove saves on Kearns and Demers.

With 7:56 left in the third period and the Sharks on the power play, Scrivens stopped Tommy Wingels' wrist shot from point-blank range for what was then his 53rd save. The Sharks' 59 shots broke the franchise record of 57 set in November 2008.

When the Sharks beat the Oilers 5-1 on Jan. 2, Devan Dubnyk was in goal for Edmonton.

The Sharks dominated most of the first period, outshooting the Oilers 14-3 through the first 11 minutes.

McLellan said before Wednesday's game that his team needed more balance on offense. Coming into Wednesday, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Marleau had accounted for six of the Sharks' last seven goals dating back to their 3-2 win over Calgary on Jan. 20. Defensemen Matt Irwin and Justin Braun were the only two San Jose players with multiple assists.

-- Sharks forward Tyler Kennedy left the game in the second period with an unspecified injury and did not return.

-- Sharks forward Marty Havlat dressed for the first time since Dec. 21, as he missed the last 17 games. Most of those games, he was battling a lower-body injury, but he's been healthy for the last week and just did not dress for the last six games. In 22 games this season, Havlat has three goals and five assists. He's missed a total 31 games this season, as he started the year rehabilitating from offseason groin surgery.

-- Defenseman Scott Hannan also dressed for the Sharks, as he was paired with Dan Boyle against the Oilers. Hannan had missed the previous seven games as he recovered from a concussion.

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