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- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 22:13
Cam Talbot had 41 saves for Edmonton, which wilted under relentless pressure from the veteran-laden Sharks.
Game 2 against San Jose is in Edmonton on Friday. Their last playoff game before Wednesday night was June 19 of the same year, when they lost to the Hurricanes in Raleigh, 3-1. "We have to play a responsible, detailed game against them". San Jose's power play was ranked 25th in the National Hockey League in the regular season at 16.7 per cent.
The Oilers were credited with 40 hits to just 21 for San Jose, a stat that's even more telling considering Edmonton had the edge in shots, too. They had beaten the Sharks twice in the final week. If the Oilers are to win, they'll do so by utilizing their team speed to make the Sharks chase the game, as San Jose did in Game 2 and throughout last year's Stanley Cup Final against Pittsburgh.
Nevertheless, the home team was sharp early on. Brent Burns, once considered a favorite for the Norris Trophy, saw his production dive in the last quarter of the season, as the bearded and burly wunderkind scored just two goals in his final 23 games. The San Jose Sharks have been in this spot before and showed their toughness in game one after bouncing back from being down 0-2 after the first period.
This time the Oilers kept their foot on the gas pedal.
After a scoreless first, Kassian scored short-handed 42 seconds into the second, going short side on Sharks' goalie Martin Jones low on a breakaway to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. "When you don't have the puck you're not going to get many shots on goal".
In their playoff opener Wednesday without Joe Thornton, the Sharks went 1 for 6 with the man advantage, with Joel Ward scoring their only goal. He swiped at the puck with this stick, giving it to Edmonton's Mark Letestu. Milan Lucic, who got an assist on the Klefbom goal, then snapped a wrist shot past Jones at 17:07. In 2014, for instance, someone won $322,216 at an Edmonton Eskimos CFL game, which ESPN's Darren Rovell says was one of the biggest jackpots in sports-raffle history. But San Jose rallied on the backs of several unlikely heroes and flipped the script on the Oilers with a commendable, resilient effort.
Margaret travelled all the way to North Carolina in 2006 for Game 7 during the team's last playoff run.
Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic had assists on Karlsson's goal 3 minutes 22 seconds into overtime.
The City of Edmonton is encouraging everyone to "be good fans" during the playoffs.
What we need to look at more closely is how these teams looked heading into the playoffs.
While the orange crush flooded Rogers Place, fans in matching jerseys streamed into bars and restaurants along Whyte Avenue. The Wild are at least making the right statements about showing urgency, but we'll find out what they're "made of" soon enough. They were ready to celebrate, and for a while, the fans did.
Oilers head coach Todd McLellan agreed that taking six penalties a night, some involving rough stuff after the whistle, is playing with fire.
One fellow in the crowd stood gripping a sign. "We're going to have to continue that in the playoffs".