Oilers hope to find more offence in Game 4

Paola Ditto
Aprile 22, 2017

For most Edmonton Oilers fans, Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss in the Stanley Cup Playoffs opener against the San Jose Sharks was a letdown.

So it wasn't unreasonable to expect that one costly error would prove to be their undoing.

Talbot had given up only three goals in 83 shots entering the game and was pulled after giving up five in 24 attempts. The Preds have done a hell of a job shutting the Blackhawks down, with the Hawks scoring for the 1st time in Game 3 only to blow a 2 goal lead and lose in OT. The Oilers are getting a money line of +105 to prevail, while the over/under total for the game is listed at 5 goals. "We'll need to find a way to get our offence up and running as well".

"We're disappointed with the way it went", Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said. "I felt this was my best game of the series". "Everyone was ready. We've been there. there weren't really any lapses in our game". In the playoffs, they have combined for one assist.

After the goal, Schlemko was sprawled out on the ice, face down, knowing it could be a costly error in such a tight-checking game. Your top guys get marked pretty hard. Off a face-off Pavelski took, Patrick Marleau tapped the puck over to Burns and the Big Pavelski made it bounce past Oilers netminder Cam Talbot for the 1-0 lead. The Oilers layed the body on the Sharks to the tune of 41 hits. The Oilers come into tonight's game 49-26-10 overall and 23-14-5 on the road. They limited the Sharks to just one shot in the final 11 minutes and killed a boarding penalty to Drake Caggiula with little difficulty.

"I don't want our players to necessarily forget about this tonight", the coach said.

Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice, and Brent Burns notched three assists in a 7-0 San Jose romp that evened its first round series with the Oilers at two games apiece. Thornton missed the last three games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoff series with the Oilers.

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. Marcus and I talked about bringing Kevin Labanc into the lineup on last night's podcast, and I think re-introducing Mikkel Boedker would help matters, too. San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, right, deflects a shot from Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) during the second period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 16, 2017, in San Jose, Cal.

"It was great having Jumbo back", Couture said.

"I can't stand here and say we were better in this area or that area".

The Sharks needed only 15 seconds to get on the board for the first time since Melker Karlsson's overtime victor in Game 1 when Pavelski deflected a shot by defenceman Justin Braun past Talbot. Baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, donned in a Sharks jersey, opened the dressing room door to lead San Jose's players on the ice before the game.

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