February 1, 2013
Oilers bit by Sharks in shootout

Oilers' Taylor Hall (centre) is stopped by Sharks goalie Antii Niemi during first-period action in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (Reuters)

SAN JOSE, CALIF - Last time they met, San Jose played the role of Sharks to perfection, while the Oilers were more like the naked woman who goes swimming alone at the start of Jaws.

It took Edmonton all of 20 minutes to realize they needed a bigger boat.

Well, they sailed one into enemy territory Thursday, looking to not only make amends for that bloody 6-1 first period in their home opener, but to prove they can swim with the NHL’s big fish.

They gave it a valiant effort, fighting back from a 2-0 deficit to tie 2-2 and steal a point, but blinked first in the shootout to lose 3-2.

Better, but not quite good enough.

The Oilers, after wins over Colorado and Phoenix, were looking to make it three in a row while the undefeated Sharks were looking to make it seven, and it looked like they would early on.