PLAYOFF SERIES: Western Conference semifinals; Sharks lead 1-0.
The San Jose Sharks have made a habit out of winning close games in the playoffs and not losing much on their home ice.
San Jose looks to take a 2-0 lead over the Edmonton Oilers when the teams continue their Western Conference semifinal series with a matchup at HP Pavilion.
The Sharks beat the Oilers 2-1 in Game 1 on Sunday, their third straight one-goal victory in the playoffs. San Jose has won five in a row in the postseason and 13 of 15 overall, including six of seven at home.
Edmonton, meanwhile, was 3-1 in one-goal games against top-seeded Detroit in the first round.
Rookie Milan Michalek had two assists and Vesa Toskala stopped 15 shots for the fifth-seeded Sharks, who are 3-0 at HP Pavilion in the playoffs and have home-ice advantage for this round and the conference finals if they should advance.
After Ehrhoff’s goal at 3:14 of the second period, San Jose’s forechecking helped hold the Oilers to two shots in the period.
“I’m happy with our effort. … We just wanted to establish a forecheck,” Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. “(Hitting) got contagious, the way our crowd was responding to every hit, and we just built off that.”
Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves for the Oilers, who went scoreless in the final 57:27 after Jaroslav Spacek’s early power-play goal. Edmonton was held to fewer than two goals for the first time in the postseason.
“You could tell in the second period, we’re on our heels,” center Michael Peca said. “We didn’t really accomplish much. We weren’t aggressive in our game. They forecheck so much.”
The Oilers failed to get a shot in the first 6 minutes of the third period, then couldn’t score on a power play when Joe Thornton was sent off for tripping Roloson. Edmonton pulled Roloson for the final 90 seconds, but got just one good chance.
“We were standing still at the blue line a lot,” Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. “I don’t know whether it was tough for our team to change the mentality (from the first round). I was really happy with our start, but they took it to us physically in the second period.”
Game 3 is in Edmonton on Wednesday night.
PLAYOFF TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Fernando Pisani, 5 goals; Shawn Horcoff and Sergei Samsonov, 6 assists; Horcoff, Samsonov and Chris Pronger, 7 points; Spacek and Marc-Andre Bergeron, 10 PIM. Sharks - Marleau, 8 goals and 10 points; Tom Preissing, 6 assists; Ville Nieminen, 20 PIM.
PLAYOFF SPECIAL TEAMS: Oilers - Power play: 21.4 percent (9 for 42). Penalty killing: 82.2 percent (37 for 45). Sharks - Power play: 21.4 percent (9 for 42). Penalty killing: 81.1 percent (30 for 37).