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Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic led San Jose with two points (both assists) in Game 1 after registering 12 (one goal) in 24 contests during the team's run to the Stanley Cup Final last postseason.

Sharks play the Oilers again on Friday in Edmonton in the best of seven series.

Melker Karlsson scored 3:22 into overtime giving the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night at Rogers Place. San Jose when 0-for-16 with the man advantage during the regular season series. According to Curtis Rush of The Wall Street Journal, only three Stanley Cup champions going back to 1990 played their final 10 games of the regular season under.500 That's good news for Edmonton.

If they can, the Sharks could very well find themselves in the driver's seat as this series shifts back to Edmonton.

Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot faced few quality scoring chances en route to the shut out.

Is there a more intriguing first-round playoff series in the National Hockey League this year than Edmonton vs. San Jose?

Edmonton outshot the Sharks 36-16 and outhit them 41-21. "We know we've got better games. Whether you are happy with certain stretches of your game or not, we believed guys could step up and hit some levels and those guys' games just got better and better as the night went on".

It was a dominant performance by the Oilers and particularly by Kassian, a fourth-line wing. He also took an undisciplined slashing minor in the third period, retaliating on a check from Timo Meier, and was credited with a game-high four giveaways.

"We were joking, we thought this place might fall, we didn't thing it would be able to handle everybody jumping up and down", said Koo.

The Sharks stumbled into the playoffs having dropped from first place to third place in the Pacific Division over the past month. Milan Lucic, who got an assist on the Klefbom goal, then snapped a wrist shot past Jones at 17:07.

The Sharks are 2-6 in their last 8 road games, 5-1 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. "I hope to come out tomorrow and join the guys, but we'll just have to wait and see". The pair were skating and pressing the play all night, and they teamed up on the Sharks' first goal when Donskoi bulled his way to the net with a spin move before dishing to a waiting Ward for a power play marker. Kassian was called for roughing at the 13:04 mark of the first period and Maroon was given an elbowing penalty 7:02 into the second period. "He is looking really good this season". "I was just off with timing and stickhandling and making plays, receiving passes", the 28-year-old told reporters. They called it and we have to make them pay for taking liberties.

"We have to stick to what's got us to this point and not get away from our identity and the team that we want to be", said defenceman Darnell Nurse. They were almost 12 per cent below the league average in the percentage of loose pucks recovered in their defensive zone, a brutal performance.

  • Julie Sanders