The Edmonton Oilers had an opportunity to grab a playoff position last night at home, and just fell short, losing 4-3 in a shootout to the San Jose Sharks. The Oilers did still manage a point and are now trailing those same Sharks for 8th spot in the conference
Dan Boyle scored the winner as the Sharks took a foothold on the last playoff spot in the west. That marks the seventh loss the Oilers have had in the last six weeks that has come in overtime or the shootout. They have had just one shootout win themselves in the same time frame.
It is curious that they have gone 1-7 in that period, as they are a team that would seem to be built for those situations. More open ice in overtime for their young talented players and when they can bring out names like Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, Alex Hemsky, Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for a shootout, one would think they would have more success.
It is, however, a relatively small sample size and the Oilers will no doubt hope the numbers turn in their favor over the remaining weeks of the season.
To make matters worse, the Oilers held a 3-1 third period lead only to see it slip away with goals from Logan Couture, with his second of the game, and Tommy Wingels in the final frame.
Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Jones had the Oiler goals.
The Oilers are next in action on Saturday night when they face the St. Louis Blues at Rexall Place.