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Collateral damage

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

Remember that lady who goes skinny dipping at the start of Jaws?

That was Dwayne Roloson last night against the Sharks.

Remember the ship that went down at the end of Jaws?

That was the Oilers.

Three quick bites in the first period and it was all over, but the body count continued on a night when a crushing 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks paled in comparison to Edmonton's collateral damage.

First Sheldon Souray left the game in the second period and didn't return for the third. The Oilers would only describe it as an upper body injury. Edmonton's best defenceman joins their best forward, Ales Hemsky, in the training room.

Then as the Oilers were out looking for bear in the third period, Zack Stortini fell awkwardly to the ice in a fight with Brad Staubitz and appeared to suffer a badly broken leg.

The video replay, which resembled Joe Theismann's famous injury, brought groans of horror from the crowd at Rexall Place, and was only shown once.

All in all, probably the worst night the Oilers had all season.

You know it's going to be a bad evening when Robert Nilsson gets a breakaway from the Edmonton blueline 15 seconds into the game and has to pull up because his stick breaks.

And it was.

Roloson, who let in two goals on 43 shots to beat San Jose earlier this year, let in three on seven (one of them bad, the other brutal) to put Edmonton in a 3-1 hole at the first intermission, a hole from which they had no chance of escaping.

The defeat, Edmonton's second in a row, dropped the Oilers to 19-18-3, and into 11th place after Columbus' win over Washington.

San Jose scored first, just seven seconds into a Steve Staios penalty, when Devin Setoguchi beat an unscreened Roloson from the point. Roloson, who beat the Sharks 3-2 earlier this season, on a night the Oilers were outshot 43-17, definitely wanted that one back.

Denis Grebeshkov did get it back for him just over three minutes later, capping a great rush by Edmonton's best two skaters - Andrew Cogliano and Lubomir Visnovsky.

Unfortunately for the Oilers, San Jose's second goal was worse than their first. Staubitz took a weak shot from the blueline that was going high and wide ... until Roloson went to grab it and had it pop out of his glove and into the goal.

Five minutes after that, Patrick Marleau made it 3-1 on a bullet from close range.

Roloson got the hook during the first intermission.

The Shark netted another power play goal, Marleau at 17:05 to take the three-goal lead into the third period.

Stortini's injury sucked what little life was left in the building. He was trying to fire the team up and got into it with Staubitz, and as the two fell to the ice he get his leg caught under his and Staubitz folded it sideways at the knee. He was screaming before he hit the ice.

LATEHITS ... Gilbert Brule joined Liam Reddox in the press box and Steve MacIntyre drew in after two months out with a fractured orbital bone.

THREE STARS

1. Patrick Marleau, SJ

Two goals for the Sharks' captain to pace his team.

2. Devin Setoguchi, SJ

Scored a goal, added a pair of assists, and proved that he could take a hit.

3. Brad Staubitz, SJ

Local kid scored his first career NHL goal, which proved to be the winner.

WHY THEY LOST

After two consecutive games where he absolutely stoned the Sharks, goaltender Dwayne Roloson had a tough first period, giving up three goals on 10 shots. The Oilers didn't have the firepower to get back in the game.

PLAY OF GAME

Kyle Brodziak and Ethan Moreau break out on a shorthanded two-on-one break. Brodziak flips a pass over to Moreau, who gets robbed by Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, sliding across to make the save. The Sharks come back and score a power-play marker moments later putting the game out of reach.


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