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June 23 2017, 03:23 | Van Peters
For San Jose, at least - the Oilers got trampled under the hoofs. San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in San Jose, Calif.
With the 30-hour trek behind them, taking in Game 3 was an experience Lane says she'll never forget. Not surprisingly, it was captain Joe Pavelski who set the early tone, redirecting a Justin Braun shot past Cam Talbot.
After enduring multiple long stretches without recording a shot on goal in games two and three the Sharks clearly game planned to avoid repeating this particular mistake. "You have to put the work boots on and get to work, that's what's going to get the job done".
Goaltender Cam Talbot registered a second consecutive shutout on April. 16, with 23 saves in a 1-0 win over San Jose.
The Sharks preached patience after they were held scoreless in games two and three, saying that if they continued to play well on defense and capitalize on their scoring opportunities, they could get right back in the series.
"After yesterday with the day off, wanted something light", Thornton said.
San Jose veteran Logan Couture will be the first to admit that a player has to live through the playoffs to truly get a sense of what they are all about. Edmonton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in that game but was suffocated by a relentless San Jose forecheck after that. Pavelski, Couture, Marleau and Brent Burns combined for only one point in the first three games.
The San Jose power play had four goals by game's end, feasting on an Oilers team that's been undisciplined from the start. Leon Draisaitl was issued a five-minute major and game misconduct at 13:44, pitchforking Chris Tierney in the groin as the two battled in the corner. We haven't been like that all year. It was a one-off. "We take the game tape and throw it away". Talbot misplayed the shot.
Todd McLellan shuffled up the Oilers lines, putting Anton Slepyshev on the top line with Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon.
San Jose struck for a pair of goals midway through the second.
The goal was the latest tying playoff goal in Canadiens history, beating Jacques Lemaire's goal in 1975 with 24 seconds remaining.
Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier gave Sharks fans a glimpse into the future, forming a power duo alongside Melker Karlsson on the third line, while Couture, Jannik Hansen and Joel Ward served as DeBoer's shutdown combination. While Kassian has been an unexpected surprise, Talbot might be the Oilers' most valuable player in this series. "We rode that momentum". "Guys just played comfortable (this time), played more of our style of game". We've played a game in here now, all of us, we know what to expect from the crowd and the starts they have. The Sharks will need to pepper him with shots in Game 4 to get him to work more than they have in the past two games.
Joe Thornton's return to the lineup in Game 3 had an immediate impact with a first period that saw the Sharks out-shoot and out-hit the Oilers by a 2-to-1 margin, though nothing was converted to the scoreboard. Edmonton didn't have a real aggressive attack in Game 3 either, amassing just 22 shots.