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Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 21, 2017

It's why the Sharks have had such trouble scoring, outside of Cam Talbot. As is the case so many times in playoff hockey, unheralded players and stout defense end up grabbing many headlines.

Two days after being blanked by Edmonton for a second consecutive game, San Jose erupted for a 7-0 pounding of the Oilers to square the best four-of-seven first round series at 2-2 Tuesday night at sold-out SAP Center.

Game 4 in San Jose was a shockingly sensational loss. In their Game 1 win they had to erase a 2-0 lead before Melker Karlsson's overtime marker, and they hadn't found the net since.

However, Oiler mistakes trumped skill and penalties trumped play making in game four of this first-round playoff series. But all was salvaged with an absolute 7-0 beat down by the playoff hardened, experienced Sharks club over the young, upstart Oilers.

Patrick Marleau's goal came after Pavelski was stopped in the slot, again on a Sharks power play, upping the lead to 3-0 at 2:02. He hadn't scored any game-winners since March 9, 2015, while with the Vancouver Canucks. "I don't think we have so far". Tonight got away from us. More importantly, he was winning battles along the boards on both sides of the puck, an indication that his tenacious two-way game is rounding back into form. He has stopped 80 of 83 shots en route to back-to-back shutouts, and assisted on McDavid's insurance goal midway through the third period on Friday.

Couture said: "I felt better tonight". We haven't been like that all year. "I mean, we've given up less shots in the last two games combined than we did in the first game alone".

The Sharks set the tone with a franchise-record 1-0 goal just 15 seconds in, with Joe Pavelski ending Cam Talbot's shutout streak at 120:15.

Luckily this team has a veteran coach who can give Edmonton players what the need - a short memory.

"But then you know, two years to the day when we won the lottery to get Connor McDavid and things changed forever, and it makes all those moves and all those mistakes, and poor games worth it ... We got a split here and that's what we came to do". Though not a workhorse effort, he has yet to cave to the exertion of playing 73 regular season games.

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

But the angst quickly turned to hope Tuesday after Thornton recorded an assist in Game4, led the team in shot attempts percentage (77.8 percent) and looked every bit like the Jumbo Joe that the teal faithful has come to know over the last 12 seasons.

Couture also played his best game of series, scoring a power play goal in the first just one shift after he took a high stick to the teeth that required him to leave the ice twice to get his mouth numbed. Following a two-minute hooking penalty to Edmonton defenseman Kris Russell, the Sharks dictated pace and eventually netted another first period goal. Including the postseason, the Sharks have played 2,192 games. They replied with a character game and ran the Sharks out of the building to even the series.

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