Erik Karlsson keys Sharks’ 7-4 win over Oilers

Erik Karlsson’s two-game suspension didn’t slow him down one bit. The Sharks defenseman Karlsson returned with a goal and three assists, Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson each scored twice, and visiting San Jose beat the Edmonton Oilers 7-4 on Saturday.

Karlsson had been banned for a check to the head of Kings forward Austin Wagner.

“It’s never fun to be out of the lineup especially for the reason that I was out for — it was a little unjustified I think,” Karlsson said. “But I made the most of it and … I was excited to get back today and do everything I could to stay in it.”

Joonas Donskoi and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks, who have won two in a row.

Connor McDavid had two goals and Caleb Jones and Leon Draisaitl also scored for the Oilers, who have lost a season-high five straight.

“They won the one-on-ones, they knocked us out of the box, they won the net front. They owned us,” Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said.

McDavid got Edmonton on the board 6½ minutes in, but Donskoi scored 17 seconds later. That was the first of six straight San Jose goals.

“You can see his impact on our team with the players around him,” coach Peter DeBoer said of Karlsson. “ I think every week he’s getting more comfortable here.”

Golden Knights 4, Kings 1: Malcolm Subban stopped 30 shots to help visiting Vegas end Los Angeles’ four-game winning streak.

Devils 2, Hurricanes 0: Rookie goalie MacKenzie Blackwood stopped 37 shots for his first shutout as host New Jersey dealt Carolina its fourth loss in five games.

Bruins 3, Sabres 2: Sean Kuraly scored 3:44 into overtime to give visiting Boston a win over Buffalo. Jake DeBrusk and Noel Acciari scored in regulation for Boston.

Wild 3, Jets 1: Devan Dubnyk stopped 26 shots to help visiting Minnesota beat Winnipeg, ending a season-high five-game losing streak.

Islanders 4, Maple Leafs 0: Mathew Barzal scored a natural hat trick in the second period, Valtteri Filppula had a highlight-reel goal and visiting New York beat Toronto.

Capitals 3, Senators 2: Tom Wilson and Tyler Lewington each had a goal and an assist to lead visiting Washington over Ottawa. The Capitals have won four straight, and the Senators have dropped four in a row.

Lightning 6, Canadiens 5: Adam Erne scored twice in the third period, including the go-ahead goal with 1:02 left, and host Tampa Bay extended its point streak to 14 games with a victory over Montreal.

Panthers 2, Flyers 1: Jonathan Huberdeau scored with 1:06 left to cap a third-period rally and lift host Florida over Philadelphia.

Penguins 6, Blues 1: Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to lead Pittsburgh past host St. Louis. The Penguins have won a season-best five consecutive games.

Rangers 4, Predators 3: Jesper Fast scored two goals, including the winner, and added an assist as New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over host Nashville.

Stars 5, Red Wings 1: Alexander Radulov scored twice and host Dallas routed Detroit.

Blackhawks 3, Avalanche 2: Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game 41 seconds into overtime and visiting Chicago beat Colorado. Kane leads the Blackhawks with 22 goals.

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