Sputtering offense, late mistake costs Sharks in Game 3 loss to Oilers

"My math says it's still 2-2", Oilers captain Connor McDavid said of the series that heads back to Edmonton for Game 5 on Thursday night knotted at two games apiece.

San Jose's power play was just 1-for-14 in the series through the first three games, after finishing 25th in the league in the regular season.

The Sharks tied the best-of-seven series at two on Tuesday night and were in control from the start, beating Cam Talbot for the game's first goal 15 seconds after puck-drop. It all added up to the most lopsided playoff win in Sharks history and biggest shutout win in 10 years in the National Hockey League.

ABOUT THE OILERS: Edmonton finally displayed some discipline in Game 3, taking only two penalties after being whistled for six in each of the first two contests. Pavelski and Couture each had two goals.

In losing two of the first three games, they had not led for any playing time.

"We're confident in him back there", Edmonton forward Jordan Eberle said. "I thought we had a sense that there was no chance that we're not coming out of this game without a win".

For the second consecutive game, Cam Talbot had a shutout and Zack Kassian scored the winning goal for the Oilers in the game -3.

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.

"We know we need to win this one going into the next game on the road", centre Chris Tierney said.

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"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". He has been skating in practice, and Sharks coach Peter DeBoer has said he expects Thornton to return at some point in the series.

David Schlemko's power play goal at 6:45 of the third period capped the scoring.

"I don't know what it means", said DeBoer.

Up front, Logan Couture, center Tomas Hertl and tip-master Joe Pavelski were on the No. 1 unit, but it hardly resembled the familiar group that includes Thornton and Patrick Marleau.

In Game 4, the defense-first Braun played a big role on the key early goal. But in Game 4, the Sharks ended Talbot's night at 12:52 of the second period after he gave up five goals on 24 shots. "We didn't in Game 2".

The Oilers haven't allowed a goal since Melker Karlsson's overtime victor in game one at the 3:22 mark.

"On the ice you can see how he buys time for everyone around him", Klefbom said. "I felt great. I feel healthy and ready to go for Game 4 now". The capacity crowd in San Jose shook the SAP Center at levels usually reserved for Sharks teams of the mid-2000s. With Kris Russell in the box for a hooking penalty on Timo Meier the Sharks took a couple trips into the zone with shades of the same old power play, i.e. lots of perimeter passing looking for ideal shots without much traffic in front of the net, until Logan Couture launched a wrister passed an off balance Cam Talbot resulting from some nifty cross ice passes to put the Sharks ahead 2-0.

  • Julie Sanders