Rickey Henderson released the Sharks before an National Hockey League playoff game

Game 4 of the series is being played on the two-year anniversary of Edmonton winning the draft lottery that gave the club the right to draft Connor McDavid, now the Oilers' captain.

The Sharks were on another power play early in the period when Marleau got his first goal of the playoffs at 2:02. Kassian, who scored seven goals in 79 regular-season games, has a series-high two.

McDavid, the NHL's regular-season scoring leader, got his first National Hockey League playoff goal at the 10:31 mark of the third, streaking down the left side and launching a short-side wrist shot that eluded Jones.

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

The Shark Tank was energized for the first playoff game here since Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup last June, and vocal pockets of Oilers fans broke up the sea of teal.

The Sharks set three notable franchise playoff records in the win: the seven-goal margin of victory was their largest ever, their four power play goals was the most they've ever scored in a game, and Pavelski's goal just 15 seconds in was the fastest in team history.

Edmonton Coach Todd McLellan, returning to the city where he coached the Sharks for five seasons, stuck with the same lineup as defenceman Oscar Klefbom had no lingering problems after blocking the shot that forced him to leave Game 2 with about nine minutes left.

"Eventually, our big guys are going to step up and win us a game". "You want to try and take away their momentum whenever you can and tonight I wasn't able to do that". Cam Talbot has given up eight goals on 107 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed two goals on eight shots.

"We had a bad night, obviously". "They were going to be a little rusty, and they started a little slow, but you see the games they had tonight and how big of an impact they can make on this team". In the two losses, the Sharks combined for just 39 shots. "In one-goal games, it can go either way".

Playing with a lead for the first time all series, the Sharks were energized and dominated the play early. Couture struggled the first two games; he is recovering after losing several teeth when he took a puck to the face last month. He missed the final three games of the regular season and the first two playoff games after injuring his knee at Vancouver on April 2. "It was a one-goal game, a one-shot game".

While Thornton returned, the Sharks' ineffective power play also made the trip back to the South Bay. Sorensen knocked in a rebound midway through the period and Couture ended Talbot's night with a wrister from the circle.

Already, Talbot, said, he had put the game out of his mind. "I don't know if there was really any time to let frustration settle in", said Pavelski. Instead, they're just turning the volume up as the series goes on.

Thornton isn't quite the player he used to be with just seven goals in 79 games this season, but the former Hart Trophy victor finished second on the team this year with 43 assists.

David Schlemko added another power play marker 6:45 into the third.

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