Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) is stopped by  San Jose Sharks’ goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (34) during first period NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Thursday, March 24, 2022.

The Sharks lacked the bangers and scorers to truly press Edmonton, though the game was close deep into the third period.

All told, the Grade A shots were 20 for Edmonton, nine for San Jose, with a subset of that nine 5-alarm shots for the Oilers, six for the Sharks (running count).

Connor McDavid, 7. A quiet night by his standards, despite getting two assists. He got the game’s first Grade A, a deflection off Karlsson onto the San Jose net. He did little after that, save for an utterly spectacular pass to set up Draisaitl on Edmonton’s fourth goal. Also set up Kane’s empty-netter. Two points and a win. I’m sure McD will take that to the bank.

Evander Kane, 6. Another solid game from the big power forward. He hacked Meier in the face and got a penalty. Rammed in the empty net goal on a McD feed.

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