Oilers eliminate Sharks with 3-1 win in Game 6

The Sharks allowed a pair of goals early in the second period and mustered only one goal in response as they fell to the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 in Game 6 of a first-round playoff series. Anton Slepyshev got the game victor and Connor McDavid scored into an empty net to help the Oilers advance to the second round of the playoffs.

After a more than a decade-long playoff drought in Edmonton, the Oilers are in no hurry to leave the NHL's postseason party.

Patrick Marleau, who might have been playing his final game as a member of the Sharks at home, scored with 7:48 to go in the third period to cut the Oilers' lead to one. "There were mistakes", said head coach Todd McLellan. They played with tenacity and they wore the other team down so the other lines could go out and create some offense. Yes, that was ex-Oilers player Magnus Paajarvi scoring the overtime victor for the St. Louis Blues on his old Oilers teammate Devan Dubnyk to knock out the Minnesota Wild. "I just don't see it that way". We knew that we were going to have make a little climb here. Captain Joe Pavelski has two goals and two assists through five games, with all but one assist coming in Game 4. They are a team that has a lot of character with a lot of guys that want to win. "But there's different ways you can contribute in a hockey game, especially in a playoff game where there's tight checking". "You've got to step up and play at this time of the year".

The Sharks spent nearly the entire series shadowing McDavid with shutdown defensive pair Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun. The Oilers won 3-1. It was frozen there for a bit after Patrick Marleau's goal brought the Sharks back to within a single score of Edmonton.

The three players who scored the game-winners had just 13 goals during the entire regular season. Defenceman Oscar Klefbom didn't play the third period due to illness, though he did remain on the bench.

Marleau, whose name surfaced in trade rumors throughout the 2015-16 season, expressed his desire to stay with the Sharks for the final year of his contract in training camp.

Edmonton took advantage of a San Jose turnover to score again quickly. "Throughout the year, there have been points where we need to prove something to ourselves". We've really changed our game as far as defensively and tried to work on making the right plays. This organization needed this and I think we deserve it. "Hopefully we continue that". To make things more intense, the Oilers took a poor late too-many-men penalty that almost took the game into overtime.

The Edmonton Valley Zoo had some fun at the expense of the San Jose Sharks on Saturday afternoon, hours ahead of Game 6 in California.

The Sharks are the veteran team in this series, hoping to turn away the upstart Oilers. He appears to be feeling better after struggling earlier in the series when he wasn't 100 percent healthy.

Pacioretty said "constantly answering questions about why we're losing by 1 goal".

  • Salvatore Jensen