SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Five San Jose Sharks skaters scored goals, and goalie Antti Niemi made 23 saves to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 Thursday.
San Jose (26-9-6) beat last-place Edmonton for a sixth straight time while improving to 15-1-3 at home this season.
Sharks left winger Joe Pavelski, recently named to the U.S. Olympic hockey team, scored his 17th goal of the season at 5:44 of the third period to cap the hosts' offensive showing. Center Joe Thornton fed Pavelski for his second assist of the game and 10th multi-point performance of the season.
The Sharks blew the game open in the second period as the Oilers continued to struggle in their own end and commit turnover after turnover.
San Jose right winger Bracken Kearns' third goal in as many games came at 7:18. He one-timed a feed from center Andrew Desjardins from the slot, beating Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk. Left winger James Sheppard and Desjardins worked hard in the offensive zone to create turnovers and set up Kearns.
Another Shark on a goal-scoring streak -- center Logan Couture -- joined the party 1:27 later. Center John McCarthy's pass through the neutral zone from just inside the San Jose end sprung Couture, who let go with a shot from 15 feet out that sailed over the left glove of Dubnyk and into the upper corner of the net.
Couture's 13th goal, his third in three games after an 11-game goal-less drought, also represented his 200th career point.
The Oilers didn't reach double figures in shots until there was 4:25 remaining in the second period, but they broke through with their next effort on net.
Nail Yakupov beat Niemi from the slot at 15:39 after the Edmonton right winger gloved down a pass from center Sam Gagne in the corner.
The Sharks shook off two non-effective power plays to score twice late in the opening period at even strength, giving the home team a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
The first goal came at 14:37 when right winger Brent Burns capped an extended stay in the Edmonton zone with his 13th goal. He scored into a half-open net thanks to linemate Thornton creating havoc in front of Dubnyk.
Thornton tumbled to the ice, taking both Edmonton defensemen Justin Schultz and Andrew Ference with him, and Dubnyk couldn't go post-to-post fast enough to deny Burns, who took a perfect goal-mouth feed from Pavelski.
Just 49 seconds later, the hosts struck again. Left winger Patrick Marleau stripped Yakupov inside the Oilers blue line, stepped to the top of the right circle and beat Dubnyk with a low shot stick-side at 15:26 for his team-leading 18th goal.
Dubnyk finished with 31 saves.
NOTES: San Jose's depth at forward continues to get tested as RW Tommy Wingels missed a second consecutive game. He didn't feel well during the morning skate. Wingels sustained an upper-body injury on Dec. 30 against Anaheim. The Sharks are already missing LW Martin Havlat (lower body), LW Tomas Hertl (knee), Raffi Torres (knee) and RW Adam Burish (back) indefinitely. D Brad Stuart and RW Tyler Kennedy did not dress for San Jose. ... For the depleted Oilers, LW Ryan Hamilton (knee), C Tyler Pitlick (knee), G Richard Bachman (groin), RW Mark Arcobello (ribs), LW Ryan Jones (head), D Corey Potter (groin) and D Philip Larsen (illness) remain out. ... The Oilers conclude their three-game trip against the Ducks in Anaheim on Friday. ... The Sharks embark on a three-game trip in four nights that starts Saturday against the Avalanche in Colorado.