EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Sharks are anything but middle of the road when it comes to their starts this season.

San Jose exploded for six goals in the first 20 minutes Tuesday night, then held on for a 6-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The outburst set a franchise record for most goals in a period on the road, and San Jose won its second straight to open this shortened 48-game season.

Yes, San Jose was conscious of its terrible start in Calgary in the season opener, but coach Todd McLellan said his team had a second motivation as well.

"There was a lot of talk about them (the Oilers) skating and taking the tempo to us," he said. "We wanted to turn the tables on them a little bit and put pucks in areas where we could use our size."

The Sharks used both size and skill to put the game out of reach early. Patrick Marleau equaled his opening day sniping with two goals -- one on the power play and one at even strength. Logan Couture matched that. Two goals came from the blue line: Dan Boyle's on an early power play, Marc-Edouard Vlasic's to wrap up the scoring at even strength.

All before the first intermission.

"It was the first thing Coach talked about when we came in here -- don't be reactive, go for it," Couture said. "And that's what we did."

More on that first period later. Because as impressive as it was, there were areas where it was obvious the Sharks still needed work.


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The penalty kill remained a work in progress as a pair of Oilers rookies -- right wing Nail Yakupov and defenseman Justin Schultz -- both got their first NHL goals on power plays, Schultz's coming with a two-man advantage.

Still, the penalty kill did find success late in the game.

Oiler forward Taylor Hall scored at 3:34 of the third period to fuel Edmonton's comeback dreams. But San Jose's short-handed effort ended those when rookie Matt Irwin was sent off for tripping at 7:47 and Joe Pavelski was called for delay of game at 11:31, and the score stayed 6-3.

Sunday night in Calgary, the Sharks were inept for the first 20 minutes, though the Flames didn't come close to taking full advantage of eight giveaways and only led 1-0 as stellar goaltending by Antti Niemi kept San Jose in a game it went on to win 4-1.

Against Edmonton, San Jose had no giveaways in the first period and was able to capitalize on the seven by the Oilers as goalie Devan Dubnyk let six of 17 shots get past him before being replaced by backup Yann Danis for the final 40 minutes.

Early penalties 47 seconds apart to Oilers Ales Hemsky and Jeff Petry gave the Sharks an extended 5-on-3 advantage early in the game. Boyle's slap shot at 3:17 opened the floodgates and 73 seconds later Couture gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead.

Yakupov scored his goal at 8:25 with Brad Stuart in the penalty box for interference, but Marleau got that one back at 10:02 and then widened the gap at 11:07 after a roughing penalty by Oilers defenseman Corey Potter.

Marleau's first goal was another one beautifully set up by Joe Thornton from behind the net.

"I just kind of saw Patty out of the back of my eye," Thornton said. "He was wide open. He made a beautiful shot and put it in far side."

The Sharks added their final two goals in the first period's final two minutes with Couture scoring at 18:09 and Vlasic with 39.7 seconds remaining.

The previous record for most goals in a period on the road was five, accomplished twice and most recently in a 7-6 victory over Chicago on Oct. 27, 1996.

  • The Sharks keep saying nice things about Scott Gomez, but so far the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent and the team have not announced anything more than a day-to-day commitment.

    That could change as soon as Wednesday after the team returns to San Jose.

    Gomez took part in Tuesday's morning skate as the Sharks prepared for their game against the Oilers, and afterward McLellan made it clear he has liked what he has seen.

    "He's coming across as a very hungry player, a guy that would love to prove himself right before he proves everybody else wrong," McLellan said, "and that's a pretty strong motivator."

  • Forward James Sheppard got his first start as a Shark as McLellan made a late decision to use Sheppard instead of Frazer McLaren on the fourth line. Sheppard had 8:10 ice time, registering one shot and one hit.

  • Marleau, Couture and Thornton ended the game with three points each. With five points in two games, the three are now among 13 players tied for second-place in the NHL behind Buffalo's Thomas Vanek with six.

    For more on the Sharks, see David Pollak's Working the Corners blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/sharks. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/PollakOnSharks.

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