Oilers in playoff hunt

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Bill Guerin reached the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career, but to him it was more important that the Edmonton Oilers stayed in the playoff race with a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

"I'm really happy about it, especially because it came in a big win," said Guerin of his milestone goal. "We're tied for the eighth playoff spot now and scoring a couple and setting a new career high are just gravy. I think our patience is as good as it's been all year."

Chad Kilger, Mike Grier and Pat Falloon also scored for Edmonton and Doug Weight had an assist on Guerin's first goal.

"I think I brought the other guys on my line down because my confidence wasn't very good," Weight said. "It's not that I control Bill Guerin's fate but I'm supposed to be the guy that carries the puck, and I wasn't doing it. Coach gave me a couple of days off and it really helped me to clear my head."

Tommy Salo made 16 saves and improved to 3-1-1 since he was acquired from the New York Islanders a week ago.

"We've played solid defense since I've been here. It's nice to play for a team and have a chance to win," Salo said.

Joe Murphy and Jeff Friesen had power-play tallies for the Sharks, who saw their eight-game unbeaten streak come to an end.

"We weren't as sharp as we were in the last two games," said San Jose center Vincent Damphousse. "We've got our fate in our own hands. But we gave Edmonton a chance to get back in the playoff race."

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