Sharks regrouping as power play goes from lacklustre to liability versus Oilers

(More on that here.) San Jose would ultimately chase Talbot from the Oilers' net on a night where their once-struggling power play went 4-for-8.

The San Jose Sharks' Brent Burns (88) is chased by the Edmonton Oilers' Milan Lucic, right, during the second period in Game 3 of a first-round playoff series Sunday in San Jose. With the Sharks shut out in consecutive games, though, it's been enough to give the Oilers a two-games-to-one series lead.

The sad part? Oilers fans doing the wave distracted me from the more important news of the evening: Connor McDavid scored his first career postseason goal.

After being lost at sea, the San Jose Sharks found their offence on Tuesday night and thrashed the Oilers 7-0, tying their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series at two games each. "Everyone was ready. We've been there. there weren't really any lapses in our game".

After preaching about taking too many penalties in Games 1 and 2, the Oilers were back at it again, this time fuelled by frustration, and allowed a Sharks power play that had scored once in the first 15 tries to score on four of seven. San Jose was extremely physical in Game 3, registering 58 hits - including 32 in the first period, which was five shy of Edmonton's total for the entire contest. "We've been playing these games for a couple of weeks heading into the playoffs, which I think was a good stepping stone for us", Talbot added.

"We came in here, we established home ice and now it's best of three", said Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who was replaced in the second period. "Just keep to our fundamentals and we'd be fine, and you saw that tonight". It was a good hockey game by both teams. "We came in, got home-ice advantage back, but it'd be nice to come in and play another game like that on Tuesday".

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer juggled his lines in search of any kind of offensive spark, moving Marleau up to the top line with Joe Thornton and Pavelski among other changes.

After being almost run out of the rink on Friday, the Sharks come out determined to initiate the contact this time around.

"Settle in", said Sharks coach Pete DeBoer. He almost created two goals on one shift, but no teammate was able to get to his wraparound attempt and then Jones stopped him on a one-timer. "When you threw the numbers at the group two years ago when we started, Edmonton had a reputation of playing real fast, get on offence and see what happens".

The Sharks' first power play in the period was cut short as Ward, 72 seconds after Benoit Pouliot was called for roughing at the 16:43 mark, was given a tripping penalty.

NOTES: Sharks C Joe Thornton made his series debut after missing the first two games and the final three of the regular season with a left knee injury. The team also hasn't capitalized on careless play by Edmonton throughout the series, failing to score in 13 of 14 power-play chances. Sorensen knocked in a rebound midway through the period and Couture ended Talbot's night with a wrister from the circle.

"It's already forgotten in my mind", he said. "In fact, I whispered in his ear that it was a promotion because his responsibility level had to go way up".

The San Jose Sharks look for a critical road victory to have a chance to close things out in game six on Saturday.

Schlemko closed out the scoring at 6:45 of the third period.

  • Julie Sanders