Edmonton Oilers fans invited to flood downtown for playoff rally

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 21, 2017

Marcus Sorensen potted a David Schlemko rebound at 9:46 for his first career playoff goal, and Couture got another at 12:52, converting on a wrist shot after a brilliant backhanded feed from the end wall by Jannik Hansen.

Kassian walked out and backhanded his second goal of the series under the Jones' pads at 10:45 on the Oilers' 21st shot of the game.

Game 5 will be played Thursday night in Edmonton, with the sixth game Saturday night in San Jose.

The Oilers gave up six goals three times in 82 regular-season games, but were never steamrolled this way. "We need to come up with a big effort tonight and I think past experiences have shown that things like that can happen and guys can step up for the challenge". "Tonight was a big lesson". His confidence is an unwavering product of Olympic selections and all-star teams, yet that seniority at the top of the talent pool also tells him how fast the game has become every time McDavid whizzes past. "From Minute One to Minute Sixty, it was completely one-sided".

The Edmonton Oilers were thought to be a work in progress for much of the 2016-17 regular season. The 21-year-old who scored 77 points could get suspended for the offence. Linemates Patrick Maroon and Leon Draisaitl have yet to register a point.

At one point, Darnell Nurse laid out Timo Meier with a stick to his throat, but somehow escaped without a penalty.

The Oilers, though, regrouped in the second period when they outshot the Sharks 12-4 and slowly gained some momentum. Instead of taking a 3-1 series lead back to Edmonton Wednesday, they're now caught in a best of three against a team that knows how to win big games in the spring. So expect more of the same in Game 5. The five-hole score would be Pavelski's second goal on the night, putting the Sharks up 6-0. "(In Game 1) we weren't doing the little things that made the difference.

Logan Couture also took significant strides toward regaining his top game, scoring a pair of goals in the Sharks 7-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the SAP Center.

"I had knee surgery over two weeks ago, so that's why I couldn't fly - just because of blood clots - and I didn't think I could have my knee bent for that long", said Lane.

"We came in here, we established home ice and now it's best of three", said Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who was replaced in the second period.

"Joe Thornton would help us in a lot of different areas, including (the power play) but we don't have him", said DeBoer.

"As a goalie, you want to make an extra save or two here and there", Talbot said.

"We were just ready". As they say, that's why they play the games.

However, San Jose dropped each of the last two matchups at home with Edmonton this season, including a 4-2 setback on April 6, with three of eight goals allowed coming on the power play.

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

Maybe it's time to start. "So we'll get back to it in Game 3".

It is the Oilers who now are confronted with questions about their firepower and mettle.

The Sharks have constructed a belief system that dates back to when McDavid was playing Timbits hockey, while each day you can hear an Oiler convincing himself that his team has one too.

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