Edmonton Oilers fans invited to flood downtown for playoff rally

After losing game one of their first round Stanley Cup Playoff series the Edmonton Oilers have reeled off two straight wins over the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks, who haven't scored since Melker Karlsson's overtime victor in Game 1, managed only one shot in the final 1:47 with Jones pulled for an extra attacker.

The Sharks smoked the Oilers, 7-0 on Tuesday at SAP Center, outplaying Edmonton from the opening faceoff to the final horn in tying the series at two games apiece. "If we can take it from six penalties and narrow it down to three, we'll be OK".

"It was kind of like a goosebumps moment where you're just like, 'Oh my God, ' like this is intense ... we're in the playoffs, like this is actually happening".

"It's already forgotten in my mind", Talbot said. "We'll wait till 6 o'clock tonight".

While Eberle is a goal-scorer first, the Oilers are going to need him to continue playing hard at both ends of the rink.

"Our power play in our second game mimicked our 5-on-5 play: we weren't hungry enough (and) we got outworked in a lot of areas". 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. I think he's picked up his game, and that's what we need in playoffs. The Edmonton Oilers are a young team finding themselves in the playoffs for the first time in a decade, riding the hopes of their frenzied fanbase on their shoulders for a pivotal game that will put the victor within a win of advancing to the next round.

Yes, the San Jose Sharks do have diehard fans. Klefbom led all Oilers defencemen in ice time per game this season at 22:22, as well as in goals (12) and points (38). Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays.

With Joe Thornton back in the lineup, the Sharks were relentless in the first period when they were credited with an astonishing 32 hits and outshot the Oilers 13-6. "I thought we were pretty desperate tonight and it showed up".

"We've got to just get back at it", DeBoer said Saturday in a conference call.

The first of four San Jose successful power plays completed the scoring for the first period.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Connor McDavid carried the Edmonton Oilers back to the playoffs after a decade-long drought. Brossoit gave up two goals on eight shots.

"As a goalie, you want to make an extra save or two here and there", Talbot said. "That's the goal. Just get a little better from last game and I'll be fine".

"I feel great, personally", Thornton said after San Jose's optional morning skate.

San Jose center Joe Thornton returned in Game 3 after missing the previous five games with an injury. Thornton has been skating in practice, and Sharks coach Peter DeBoer has said he expects Thornton to return at some point in the series.

"That's how you really get revenge or payback", said Couture.

EDMONTON -San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer says he won't be taking a wrecking ball to a power play that has gone from lacklustre to downright liability in the National Hockey League playoffs.

But things went from bad to worse when dominant centre Joe Thornton got tangled up along the boards against Vancouver two weeks ago and injured his left knee.

  • Julie Sanders