McDavid, Kassian score short-handed, Oilers beat Sharks 2-0


Jones set aside 34 of 36 shots, but was handed a 2-0 road loss to the Oilers on Friday, knotting the series at one game apiece. The Sharks took game one from Edmonton but couldn't produce any of the same production in game two of the series.

Klefbom's goal put the Sharks in a 1-0 hole just 6:44 into the first period as his shot from just outside the slot got past Jones, sending the sold-out Rogers Place crowd into a frenzy.

"Fortunately we were able to win, but for me, I can be better", said Couture, who played nearly 21 minutes, wearing a full cage, to protect what's left of his mouth, in San Jose's 3-2 overtime win.

Sharks: Tomas Hertl. The Sharks center posted seven shots on goal, most among forwards, and played his most effective game in months while assisting on Paul Martin's goal. McDavid said the Oilers were able to settle down after first-game jitters.

Kassian scored early in the second period and McDavid notched the insurance goal midway through the third period.

SPECIAL TEAMS: The Sharks rode a potent power play all the way to the finals last season, converting 24 percent of opportunities and scoring 18 goals overall in the four rounds.

"This is the one day out of the year I look forward to the most", said Darren Porras of San Jose.

The Sharks, however, are the defending Western Conference champions with 1,169 games of playoff experience on their roster compared with 342 for Edmonton. "We know we've got better games". Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said it will be Thornton's call whether he plays or not. "We would have definitely taken 1-1 coming out of two games in Edmonton, and we'll regroup and go home and get ready and make sure Game 3 is our best game".

However, the team said it heard overwhelming demand from fans and this is another option for anyone who didn't score playoff tickets.

Fans at the Sharks official watch party at Rookie's Sports Bar hope this year, they'll win the cup after last year's bittersweet disappointment. He has 15 points and 19 penalty minutes in 19 career games against the Sharks. "For us, it's tough to get some flow". "It was one of those things, the puck seemed to follow me tonight". "That really threw the rhythm of the game out of whack ... it was a game that didn't favour us at all". The Oilers spent way too much time in their own zone, and let the Sharks have too much time with the puck.

In the third period, Caggiula had broken a stick on a breakaway that could have given the Oilers a late lead. McDavid has been brilliant with Four goals and four assists in fives game against the Sharks. That is magnified by the possibility of life without playoff heroes Couture and Thornton.

Sharks players typically say the greatest way to limit the effectiveness of opposing star players is to make them play defense.

"He was unbelievable", said captain Connor McDavid of Kassian.

"I don't think it has anything to do with the contact or punishment", DeBoer said of Couture's lack of scoring in Games 1 and 2. However, the Oilers' coach, Todd McLellan, has plenty of postseason experience. "We're going to have to continue that in the playoffs".

McDavid, 20, finished the regular season with an NHL-best 100 points and is the favorite to win the Hart Trophy as the MVP in only his second season in the league.