Power Outage Continues as Sharks Fall to Oilers in Game 3
18 April, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Garry Little
The Oilers head into California looking to build on their impressive 2-0 victory over the Sharks on Friday night as the teams face off on Sunday in what should be an exciting contest in the first playoff game of the season in San Jose for the defending West champs. The next game of the series will be played Tuesday at SAP Center.
Cam Talbot had 23 saves in his second consecutive shutout.
"When there's not that many goals scored and it's tight checking, the numbers aren't going to be what they normally are and everybody's going to go, 'Oh they're not producing.' That's not the case".
The Edmonton goalie, who has only faced 39 shots in earning the two shutouts, said that he has tried to stay focused by playing the puck and helping out his defencemen a little bit more than usual.
The Sharks' biggest stars were all on the ice but noticeably absent from the score sheet. San Jose's Logan Couture, his face still a mess of wire and plastic to fix the damage after being hit with a shot, ditched the full cage in favour of the visor to improve his vision. Considering the team's inability to raise the Cup in its 25-year existence, it's justified.
The Sharks are 1 for 14 on the power play in the series and allowed two short-handed goals in Game 2. That made the Sharks stronger down the middle, McLellan said, and helped them dominate the first period.
ONWARD: Oilers will nearly certainly need to score more than one goal in Tuesday's game, but the squeeze is on. Even when he's not racking up points, McDavid's presence on the ice is so dynamic. David Schlemko's clearing attempt hit Kassian and deflected in front of the Sharks net. The was all the Oilers needed.
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"It's playoff hockey. You have two evenly matched teams". "One shot, one block, one bounce".
Draisaitl started the game at wing on a line with McDavid, but Edmonton coach Todd McLellan adjusted his lines in the second period, moving Draisaitl to centre on Kassian's line.
San Jose's first and only other power play came almost 17 minutes into the scoreless opening period. So you got to shoot it quick, got to shoot it hard and know where you're going with it before you get it. The 20-year-old superstar entered Sunday with a 16-game points streak but was guarded closely by San Jose.
NOTES: Edmonton last had back-to-back playoff shutouts in the final two games of a first-round series against Colorado in 1998. San Jose has not scored since Melker Karlsson's overtime victor in the opener.
On Monday, the Sens announced that blueliner Mark Borowiecki would miss Game 3 with an apparent leg injury, and be replaced in the lineup by Ben Harpur. One thing remained the same; the Sharks inability to generate much on the power play.
Defenseman Brent Burns, the Sharks' points leader this season with 76, finished with three shots. It's probably not how the Oilers drew it up, but two shorthanded goals were enough for them to tie up this series before heading to San Jose.
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