Sharks even series with 7-0 win over Oilers in Game 4

Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks scores past goalie Laurent Brossoit of the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 4 of their National Hockey League playoff series at San Jose's SAP Center on April 18, 2017.

Couture increased the Sharks' lead to 2-0 with a man advantage at 11:02, whipping in a seam pass from Pavelski that was deflected in the slot by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins before Couture pulled it in.

Game five is Thursday at Rogers Place.

"As a group we wanted to have a good bounce-back game", Kassian said. "We brought a lot of energy".

Kassian scored early in the second period and McDavid doubled the lead midway through the third period.

We'd say that's a pretty good return on the investment. Of course, McDavid scored a fantastic goal, but his line has yet to fully crank it up. "It was his show tonight".

Zack Kassian is first @EdmontonOilers player to score a GWG in consecutive playoff games since Fernando Pisani (2006 F vs. CAR). He should have had at least 10 goals this year but finished with only 7 after having an unfortunate number of them called back on video reviews.

The Oilers now lead the best-of-seven set 2-1.

The Sharks can't keep up with the Oilers.

Goalie Martin Jones earned his fourth career playoff shutout with 23 saves.

"We got this giant Oiler cake made for him, they did a great job of it, and his receptionist said, "Oh, he's going to love this, you Canadians are so nice". We got a split both home and away.

The Couture wrister would not be the last power play goal for the Sharks either, as San Jose would muster up four more goals following Edmonton penalties and go 4-for-8 on the power play for the night.

You can dig back in the history books all you want, but in 255½ Stanley Cup playoff games, that was - singularly and spectacularly - the worst loss in Edmonton Oilers post-season history.

The Oilers dominated the rest of the period, which remained 5-on-5 for the final 12 minutes.

"I think in the playoffs there are little lessons that are learned along the way", Todd McLellan, the Edmonton coach, said. But it's happening because they are not bearing down to bury their chances and failing miserably all but once on their power plays. This time, however, they bought more tickets than normal. The Penguins' superstar failed to generate a single shot attempt and was on the ice for two goals against in a 5-4 Game Four loss at Columbus. "We have to go back and get one there". Joe Pavelski made a deft tip of a Justin Braun point shot to make it 1-0 just 15 seconds into the game. "Lucky for me, I got a stick on it and tried to settle it down and shot it on net".

San Jose's first and only other power play came almost 17 minutes into the scoreless opening period.

The shift to San Jose for Game 3 wasn't the only change to which the Oilers had to adjust.

Joe Thornton has been dealing with a lower body injury, but it looks like he could play on Sunday night.

"It was critical", Pete DeBoer said of scoring first.

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