Kassian and Oilers run over Sharks
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 20:03
Game 2 is Friday in Edmonton, and Talbot said the Oilers' resiliency will now be tested.
The Sharks finished the game 0-for-6 with the man advantage and didn't generate much at even strength as they wasted a solid performance from goalie Martin Jones, who finished with 34 saves.
"And now, whether those tickets get bought or not, the perception is going to be that the line was a result of these extra tickets and the Oilers end up looking kind of greedy and kind of silly". Doing this will help them put up a better fight, and lead to them limiting the Sharks' shots on net and opportunities. "If he comes back, I'm hopeful he'll be stronger".
"They're going to be a lot better and we know that", Couture said of the Oilers. "This isn't going to be a short series". The Sharks made no changes to their lineup from Game 1. But San Jose battled back to forge a tie before Melker Karlsson scored 3:22 into overtime for the comeback victory.
A big reason for the late-season struggles was injuries to two of San Jose's top forwards, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton.
"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.
At Rogers Place alone, thousands of fans will be in the building for the team's first playoff game in this arena - while numerous fans paid for tickets to sit in seats, and more than a thousand fans will be watching the game on TV screens in Ford Hall. Pavelski lost control of it and chipped it to Mark Letestu, who found a streaking Kassian. Rogers Place erupted when Oscar Klefbom, a defenceman who sat out nearly two-thirds of last season after contracting a staph infection, whistled a wrist shot past Martin Jones 6 minutes and 44 seconds into the game.
The Sharks had a nightmare start as the Oilers struck for two first period goals in the game's first 17:07, with Oscar Klefbom scoring at even strength and Milan Lucic connecting on the power play to give Edmonton a 2-0 lead. "I thought we created some chances", DeBoer said of his power play. While future glory is nearly pre-ordained for a player as talented as McDavid, he's likely going to get his nose bloodied this year: either figuratively, literally, or both.
The last time the Oilers scored two shorthanded goals in a playoff game was the 1986 Smythe Division Final against the Calgary Flames. It's undoubtedly the first of many trips to the postseason for young Oilers star Connor McDavid, but his team has very little playoff experience.
Joel Edmundson played the unlikely overtime hero for the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. McDavid, who won this season's scoring title easily by notching 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists).
The high amount was due, in part, to a carryover from a March 25th game when more than 76-thousand dollars went unclaimed. It's just that they're fully aware of what it'll take to see it through.
"(We're) just not coming off at the right time". "They had the puck all night". With Thornton and Couture mending, San Jose will need gritty goals early on and Ward could be the guy to rain on Edmonton's parade plans. Thornton also practiced Monday after missing the final three games with an injured knee.