SAN JOSE -- Dwayne Roloson's last two saves might have been his best. In the waning seconds of overtime, the Edmonton goalie adroitly deflected Joe Thornton's breakaway shot with his blocker, then calmly gloved Brian Campbell's unobstructed try from close range moments later.
Campbell flipped his stick away in disgust, more like a hack golfer infuriated by his 9-iron than an All-Star defenseman.
Nothing was getting past Roloson on Sunday night -- certainly not the Sharks' shots, and not their 11-game winning streak, either. Roloson made 48 saves and capped his effort with three more stops in the shootout, leading the Oilers to a 2-1 victory over surging San Jose.
Ales Hemsky scored in regulation and Fernando Pisani got the decisive shootout goal for the Oilers, who won for the fifth time in six games on the shoulders of their rested backup goalie.
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Roloson, who was similarly sharp when he led Edmonton past San Jose in the 2006 playoffs, won his second start in two days after six weeks of mop-up duty behind Mathieu Garon.
"It was no different than any other day," claimed Roloson, who won at Phoenix one night earlier in his first start since Feb. 1. "I basically try to help my guys win. I can't control what the coaching staff says about who's playing. ... I was able to see most of their shots. Some I didn't see, and I got lucky. I was in position, and that was key."
Robert Nilsson also scored in the shootout for Edmonton, and Patrick Marleau managed the Sharks' only goal in four tries. San Jose, which hadn't lost since Feb. 20 during the longest winning streak in franchise history, couldn't get anything past Roloson after Marleau's first-period goal during a two-man advantage.
"We had probably more chances than I can remember, and he made a ton of saves," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "Glove saves, stretch saves, split saves. He just had one of those nights. You thought he might be a little tired, but he hasn't played in about a month. We did a lot of things, but he robbed us."
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 21 shots for the Sharks, who hope Roloson didn't steal the momentum that has carried them to the NHL's second-best record. San Jose is six points shy of clinching a playoff berth after launching a season-high 49 shots, one shy of the club record.
"We played well, and we created a lot of chances," said Jonathan Cheechoo, who took seven shots. "We just didn't create enough traffic in front of him, and I know I didn't convert a couple of good rebounds. Any goalie that sees the puck is going to stop it."
After scoring four goals in the first period against St. Louis on Friday, San Jose dominated the opening minutes again and had 32 shots midway through the game. But the Sharks committed their first two penalties simultaneously with Jody Shelley following Craig Rivet into the box on a foolish roughing penalty, and Hemsky scored his career-best 20th goal.
Roloson led the Oilers as they killed three penalties in the final seven minutes of regulation, and he stopped Thornton and Campbell on their golden chances in overtime.
"I've seen him at that level before, but I've never seen him better than he was tonight," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish, whose club still is in the playoff race in 11th place, five points behind eighth-place Vancouver. "I'm really happy for him. That save he made on Thornton's overtime breakaway was his best of the night."
PENGUINS 7, FLYERS 1, at Pittsburgh -- Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora each had two goals and two assists, and Pittsburgh had plenty of offense without the injured Sidney Crosby in beating slumping Philadelphia.
CAPITALS 2, BRUINS 1 (SO), at Washington -- Alexander Semin and Viktor Kozlov scored in the shootout to lift Washington.
FLAMES 4, BLACKHAWKS 2, at Chicago -- Jarome Iginla, Kristian Huselius and Dion Phaneuf scored in the second period, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 34 saves for Calgary. Chicago is 1-4-1 in its last six games.
HURRICANES 5, SENATORS 1, at Raleigh, N.C. -- Joe Corvo scored a career-high three goals against his former team, and Carolina bounced back from its worst loss of the season to beat Ottawa. The Hurricanes lost at Buffalo 7-1 on Friday but are 13-4-1 in their last 18 games.
BLUE JACKETS 4, RED WINGS 3, at Columbus, Ohio -- Manny Malhotra had two goals and a career-high three points, and Columbus held off Detroit to set a franchise record with 75 points.
PANTHERS 3, THRASHERS 1, at Sunrise, Fla. -- Olli Jokinen and Rostislav Olesz scored power-play goals, and Florida tied a franchise record with its seventh consecutive victory.
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