They lost 3-2 in overtime to the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarter-final. In total the Sharks have been gifted 12 power play opportunities in two games so far. "He has been tremendous for us".
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.
So is Pavelski, but he has one assist and six shots in the series.
There was some concern that Talbot might not have that much to give after he made 73 starts in the regular season, but he appears to be one of those rare horses that can just gallop all day long. And we're playing well, doing it the right way.
"It's playoff hockey. You have two evenly matched teams". Halfway home, but with plenty of hard sledding still to go. It's a tough bounce.
Edmonton was extremely effective on the back end. The Sharks outshot the Oilers for the game, 23-22. Kassian also had the game-winning goal, a short-handed strike, in Game 2.
Tonight was kind of chess night, said Jordan Eberle. "That line's been playing well, and he's been skating well and he's gotten rewarded". The Sharks counter with this season's top scoring defenseman, Brent Burns, among much of the same cast that reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 2016.
"Obviously, we have to score to win, so offensively that's the area we've got to concentrate on", Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "We're expecting it to continue to be tight-checking, not a lot of space, where you need to capitalize on what few mistakes occur from both sides". He played a career-high 70 games during the regular season, averaging 14:01 TOI per night, and skated over 17 minutes in Ottawa's series-opening loss on Wednesday.
"If they're going to concentrate on him, somebody else has to get the job done", DeBoer said.
I just didn't think Edmonton would have its chances converted by guys like Kassian.
The only goal came with 9:15 to go in the third period.
Instead, only halfway through the Klefbom's two minute penalty, Sharks right winger Joel Ward picked up a tripping penalty of his own.
Logan Couture played without the facemask he donned in Edmonton. It will be harder on the road to get the matchups that favor the Oil, but we keep an eye on how well RNH plays against Pavelski. During 5v5 play the Oilers out attempted the Sharks 47-21. "We thought it would be a good time to come and celebrate with the kids". That made the Sharks stronger down the middle, McLellan said, and helped them dominate the first period. Thornton had two shots and contributed with just over sixteen minutes of ice time. While it's easy to blame David Schlemko's turnover or Martin Jones allowing his fourth five-hole goal of the series, the truth of the matter is San Jose has a serious scoring problem. Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday in Edmonton.
There is nothing quite like a playoff series, where the same two teams batter each other in what amounts to one extended game that can last between one and two weeks.