San Jose flirted with disaster by entering a shootout against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night and Fernando Pisani and Dwayne Roloson made the Sharks pay.
Pisani beat goalie Evgeni Nabokov on a backhand deke in Round 4 of the shootout to cap a 2-1 road victory and halt San Jose's win streak at 11 games.
Roloson, who picked up his first win since Jan. 20 in Phoenix on Saturday, made 48 saves in regulation and overtime. He stopped Joe Pavelski, Jeremy Roenick and Jonathan Cheechoo in the shootout to help the Oilers improve to an NHL-best 15-3 in the showdown this season.
He was similarly sharp when he led Edmonton past San Jose in the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs.
"It was no different than any other day [in Phoenix]," claimed Roloson, who turned aside 28-shots in a season-opening 3-2 shootout win against the Sharks on Oct. 4. "I basically try to help my guys win.
"I can't control what the coaching staff says about who's playing … I was able to see most of their shots. Some I didn't see, and I got lucky. I was in position, and that was key."
Pisani gets hot
Pisani collected two points against the Coyotes and came back 24 hours later to record his second game-winning goal versus San Jose in a month. On Feb. 14, he beat Nabokov with a slapshot through the legs in a 3-2 Edmonton road win.
San Jose went on to win its next 11 games to move atop the Pacific Division standings and close to within eight points of the Western Conference-leading Detroit Red Wings entering Sunday's action.
It remains an eight-point margin after the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated Detroit 4-3 on Sunday.
The Oilers, meanwhile, moved to within five points of idle Vancouver, which holds down the eighth and final playoff spot. The Canucks have 10 games left to Edmonton's nine.
Hemsky, who shot wide in the shootout, pulled the Oilers even at 14:06 of the second period with a power-play goal to answer Patrick Marleau's first-period marker with the Sharks up a man.
Roloson and Edmonton's penalty-kill unit then took over, denying San Jose on three manpower advantages in the final seven minutes of the third period.
The veteran netminder took the last of those infractions, a delay-of-game call with 89 seconds remaining after Roloson left his net and played the puck illegally.
Roloson makes big saves
He came up huge in OT, getting his pad and blocker on a Joe Thornton shot — the Sharks' season-high 48th of the season — after San Jose's leading scorer broke in alone on a two-on-none.
With 41 seconds left in the extra period, Roloson made a big save on Sharks newcomer Brian Campbell, who stole the puck off Robert Nilsson at the Oilers blue-line.
Roloson made 86 saves over the weekend after sitting on the bench since Feb. 1 after losing the starting job to Mathieu Garon.
"We had probably more chances than I can remember, and he made a ton of saves," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said of Roloson. "Glove saves, stretch saves, split saves. He just had one of those nights. You thought he might be a little tired, but he hasn't played in about a month. We did a lot of things, but he robbed us."
Nabokov stopped 21 shots at the other end, and Thornton picked up his NHL-leading 65th assist on Marleau's goal.
After scoring four first-period goals against St. Louis on Friday, San Jose dominated the opening minutes yet again. Marleau got the Sharks' only goal late in the first period, tipping home Pavelski's slapshot with two seconds left on a 5-on-3 power play.
The Sharks had 32 shots midway through the game, but they committed their first two penalties simultaneously late in the second period. After Jody Shelley followed Craig Rivet into the box by committing a foolish roughing penalty, Hemsky scored his career-best 20th goal with a shot through traffic.
San Jose's streak began in Philadelphia on Feb. 21, when it got the first of five consecutive road wins to end an eight-game trip. The Sharks then won three home games and picked up three more road victories, adding to the NHL's best road record at 25-8-3.
With 92 points, San Jose is just three ahead of the Anaheim Ducks, who visit
San Jose on Friday, and four in front of the Dallas Stars with games in hand on both foes.
Oilers left-winger Geoff Sanderson missed his sixth straight game with a back injury.
Edmonton, which has won nine of its last 11, begins a four-game homestand Tuesday against Phoenix.