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SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Patrick Marleau did his best to

make certain the San Jose Sharks' slide would not continue.

The captain scored twice in just under four minutes in the

second period as the Sharks netted three goals in the session en

route to a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

Joe Pavelski scored his fourth goal in as many games and

All-Star Joe Thornton also tallied as San Jose snapped a

three-game losing streak.

"I think we've got to be a little more attached to the game and

more involved," Marleau said. "For the full 60 (minutes), I

think we did it at times. We need to get back to playing the

way we can with no letups. That's how you're going to win in

the playoffs - and that's what we need to get back to."

"It was a battle out there," Pavelski said. "The season's

winding down and every two points are crucial and we wanted to

get back in the win column. Everyone contributed and that was a

big reason we got the win tonight."

Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 24 shots for the Sharks, who posted

just their second win in their last eight games (2-2-4).

"It's that time of year, the points mean a lot to every team,"

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We're going to see that more

and more where teams are really scrapping to get the points and

set themselves up for a playoff position. It's good for us to

play in those games because that's how the playoffs are going to

be."

Fourth-liner Zack Stortini and Erik Cole scored, defenseman Tom

Gilbert notched a pair of assists for the second straight game

and Dwayne Roloson finished with 27 saves for Edmonton, which

saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.

"The battle was good, guys stood up for one another and it was

impressive in a lot of ways," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish

said. "I think that's what we're going to take out of the game

is on back-to-back nights, we didn't lay down that's for sure

and that was a real positive side of the game. ... In a couple

of situations, we didn't do what we needed to do and it costs us

the game ultimately."

"We're disappointed. We felt like we had a chance to win

tonight's game but we're proud of the way we battled and our

work ethic was great coming off a back-to-back (games)," Oilers

defenseman Steve Staios said. "A couple of mental things (hurt

us), that's part of the game but the disappointment is we could

have won that game tonight."

After pulling the teams even at 2-2 just 1:48 into the second

period, Marleau gave the Sharks a lead they would not relinquish

after finishing off a 2-on-1 advantage just 3:55 later for a

shorthanded tally.

Thornton capped the second-period outburst by netting his 14th

tally of the campaign with 54 seconds remaining in the session.

"It was a weird kind of thing," Thornton said. "I think the 'D'

mishandled it a little bit and I saw Lukie (Lukas Kaspar) come

off the bench and we were pretty fresh. I don't know how I got

the puck, where I got it but it was pretty much an open net, so

I just shot and hit the net and scored a goal."

Pavelski opened the scoring after accepting a centering feed

from Milan Michalek midway through the first period, but

Stortini leveled the contest just 2:10 later after tapping home

a rebound for his fourth goal of the season - and third in his

last six games.

Cole gave Edmonton a 2-1 lead after the puck caromed off the end

boards and out into the slot. With the awkward bounce putting

Nabokov out of position, Cole was able to bat the bouncing puck

out of the air and into the net for his 13th goal of the season.

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