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EDMONTON -- The San Jose Sharks may not have been all that sharp to start after playing the night before, but that changed once the puck dropped for the second period. Trailing by a goal after 20 minutes of play, Joe Pavelski responded with three goals and an assist as the Sharks snapped a two-game losing skid with a 5-2 victory over the struggling Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. "I think after back-to-back nights and not having a morning skate and things like that, youre probably going to be a little sluggish," said Sharks captain Joe Thornton, who had two assists on the night. "We continued to get better and better and it was a good way to end the night. As long as were moving around, moving the puck around, were going to be successful." Patrick Marleau and Marty Havlat also scored for the Sharks (47-18-9), who moved four points up on idle Anaheim for the Pacific Division lead and remained two points back of St. Louis for first in the Western Conference. San Jose clinched a playoff spot in a 2-1 shootout loss to Calgary on Monday. The Sharks power play came into the game ranked just 23rd in the league and had gone just three-for-35 in its last 10 games. They were 3-for-3 against the Oilers, a major factor in the victory. "The numbers arent that important, its when they come and how they come," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. "Weve had nights like this and it just hasnt gone in. When you look at the power play standings and the numbers and that type of stuff, you panic over it outside the room, but not inside the room. We finally got a reward for playing basically the same way that we have." "I think weve been bad for a long time and in the last few games weve created a little bit of momentum on it," said Pavelski, who had two of the power play goals for his club. "It hasnt been one game and then take a couple of games off, weve been consistent on our opportunities and tonight it just finally went in for us." David Perron and Taylor Hall responded for the second-to-last place Oilers (25-39-9), who have lost three in a row, including a humbling 8-1 loss to the rival Calgary Flames on Sunday on the heels of a 3-1 defeat to the last-place Buffalo Sabres. "We wanted to come back and play solid after our last couple games and get back to the stuff that we had been having some success with," said Oilers captain Andrew Ference. "The power play chances they got, they jumped on and put us behind the eight ball. I think our five-on-five hockey was light years better than our last game. That wasnt too tough to beat, though." Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins said his team left far too many missed opportunities on the table. "We have to find a way to bury the chances that we have, and there were some that were just laying there in front of their net," he said. "You just have to find a way to put those in." Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens said the team remains very much a work in progress. "We need to show to ourselves that we can play the right way," he said. "I dont know what it is that we refuse to buy in completely. Its not one guy, a line, a defence pairing. Its just kind of waves throughout the team. Its not wanting to do what we have to do. We had some tough bounces tonight that probably added to the scoring differential. You cant give a team like that the chances on the power play because they have skilled guys who will make you pay and they did tonight." The Oilers started the scoring just over four minutes into the first period as Perron danced around Shark Tyler Kennedy before picking a perfect spot on a shot past San Jose goalie Antti Niemi. It was Perrons team-leading 26th goal of the season. The first period shots narrowly favoured the Sharks, who had 11 on Edmonton starter Scrivens to the Oilers 10 in the opening period. San Jose tied the game on the power play six-and-a-half-minutes into the second period. Scrivens made the initial stop on a shot from the slot by Marleau, but the rebound angled to Pavelski at the side of the net with a wide-open cage to put in his 35th of the year. Another power-play goal midway through the second period gave San Jose a 2-1 lead, as Pavelski chopped a puck to Marleau at the top of the opposite circle and the Sharks assistant captains lighting-quick release led to a goal before Scrivens could get across. It was Marleaus 31st goal of the year. The Sharks took a two-goal lead with 30 seconds left to play in the middle period as Edmonton defender Jeff Petry overskated a puck at his own blue-line, allowing Havlat to come in and send a wrist shot that beat Scrivens stick-side. San Jose scored their third man-advantage goal of the game just over a minute into the third period. Pavelski got the puck with space in the front of the net, waited for defender Andrew Ference to go down, and then beat Scrivens over the blocker to make it 4-1. Pavelski earned his third hat trick of the season with seven minutes left in the third as he took a shot that hit the stick of Edmontons Matt Hendricks and deflected into the Oilers net. Pavelskis four-point night gave him 71 points on the season. Edmonton made it look a little better with five minutes left to play as Hall picked up a rebound in front and hooked a diving backhand shot into the net for this 25th to make it 5-2. The Oilers have been outscored 16-4 in their last three home games. The Sharks return home to face the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. The Oilers play the fifth game of a six-game homestand on Friday against the Anaheim Ducks. Notes: It was the fourth of five games this season between the two teams this season. The Sharks won the first two games before the Oilers got one back in the most recent meeting on Jan. 29 when Ben Scrivens recorded a record-setting 59 saves in a 3-0 shutout win in Edmontona Both teams were coming off of losses to the Calgary Flames, although of vastly different degrees. The Oilers were embarrassed 8-1 by the provincial rival Flames at home on Sunday, while the Sharks lost a 2-1 game in Calgary on Monday in a shootouta Laurent Brossoit was called up from the AHL for the game to serve as the Oilers backup goalie after Viktor Fasth was injured in a collision in practice on Wednesdaya Oilers forward Nail Yakupov missed his fourth straight game with an ankle injurya Sharks forward Logan Couture was unable to play after he suffered a lower-body injury while blocking a shot in Wednesdays game in Calgary. Also out for the Sharks were forwards Tomas Hertl (knee) and Raffi Torres, both out with knee injuries. 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"Well over 50 (per cent)," coach Claude Noel said Tuesday after practice, where the Jets were looking at ways to cut down the scoring chances theyve been giving away.SEATTLE - Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh shook hands and went their separate ways, one headed toward the post-season and a possible No. 1 seed, the other dealing with the disappointment of missing the playoffs for the first time in his coaching career.Carroll and the Seahawks knocked San Francisco out of playoff contention with a 17-7 win on Sunday, ending the 49ers run of reaching the NFC championship game for three straight seasons and potentially bringing to a close the most heated rivalry in the NFC.Seattle (10-4) won for the fifth time in six games against the 49ers. Combined with Buffalos win over Green Bay earlier Sunday, the Seahawks moved into a position where a No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs is now possible.The Niners came out really going for it. They did a great job planning, Carroll said. They did a lot of new stuff and some things that challenged us on defence today, early in the game. Fortunately, our guys settled down and figured some stuff out and did a really good job of adjusting, and just really didnt give up anything in the second half.Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown and Russell Wilson added a 10-yard TD pass to Paul Richardson in the fourth quarter as Seattle rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit.The 49ers (7-7) played better than they did during their 19-3 loss to Seattle on Thanksgiving night, but the result was the same.Its definitely tough. Especially for me. Im very competitive. I always feel like Im supposed to win, 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin said. I cant tell you the last time I didnt make the playoffs.Here are some other things that stood out from Seattles win:INJURY LIST: In a season filled with key injuries, the 49ers lost two more players late in the first half and another in the third quarter. Running back Frank Gore, who scored on a 10-yard run in the second quarter, left with a concussion. Middle linebacker Chris Borland, the NFC defensive rookie of the month in November, hurt his ankle on the final play of the first half. He attempted to return, but was mostly a spectator and repplaced by Nick Moody.ddddddddddddGores backup, Carlos Hyde, was bent backward and appeared to injure his right leg late in the third quarter. And that was on top of San Francisco being without starting offensive linemen Marcus Martin and Anthony Davis, and cornerback Chris Culliver.They played as tough as you could want them, and they were right there the whole time, Carroll said. They had a lot of guys stepping in. A lot of credit goes to those guys.BRING THE HEAT: Because of San Franciscos banged-up offensive line, Seattles defensive line was consistently successful in getting pressure on Colin Kaepernick. Seattle finished with a season-high six sacks. Second-year defensive tackle Jordan Hill had a pair of sacks, while Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin, K.J. Wright and Kevin Williams were all credited with one.SECOND-HALF SHUTOUT: San Francisco had 178 total yards in the first half after gaining 164 for the entire game in the first meeting. San Francisco had only six plays of 10 yards or more in the first meeting and none longer than 16 yards. They had eight plays of 10 or more yards in the first half Sunday.Those plays disappeared in the second half. San Francisco had 6 total yards in the third quarter and 67 for the second half.It was a position that we thought we could put our running backs, myself and offensively in a positive situation to have good plays, we did move the ball well at the beginning of the game, but we have to be able to sustain that for 60 minutes, Kaepernick said.COLIN ON THE RUN: For the first time in four career games in Seattle, Kaepernick did not commit a turnover and had a passer rating of 81.3. 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