Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid recorded shorthanded goals, and Cam Talbot needed to make just 16 saves in a 2-0 Oilers win in Game 2 of their first round series with the Sharks at Rogers Place on Friday night. "We are looking forward to this and I think it is going to be a very fun series". "I am happy to get a game under my belt". It was a half-breakaway. McLellan did a great job coaching the Sharks, but as seen from previous coaches, he could not get the team to the Stanley Cup Final.
Inconsistency can sum up the San Jose Sharks' regular season. Kassian scored 42 seconds into the second when Sharks forward Joe Pavelski lost control of the puck at the Oilers blue line.
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.
The Sharks couldn't help but notice a difference in the Oilers, but they say it isn't anything they didn't expect, nor is it anything they can't handle. They were the better team tonight, we were the better team the other night. "When you put those types of players on the ice with an extra body for that amount of time they're going to get some momentum".
Thousands of hockey fans were expected to flock to Edmonton's downtown core - either at Rogers Place or at any number of crowded bars - to take in the Oilers first playoff game in more than ten years, and officials were ready. The Sharks' power play has suffered from the absence of dominant center Joe Thornton.
NBC hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk liked the way the Sharks paid attention to details throughout their playoff run in 2016.
The first two games of this round will be played in Edmonton, but the next two are set for San Jose. Anything can happen, any team can get hot or ride a hot goalie until they end and more often than not it does. But we didn't do enough to win that game and we leave Edmonton with a split, which is what we wanted coming in here. After the first intermission, the Sharks outshot the Oilers 34-9 the rest of the way and won 3-2 in overtime.
McDavid's goal came at the 10:31 mark of the third period, as he picked up loose puck in his own end, streaked up the wall and beat Jones for his first career playoff goal.
Lucic made it 2-0 with less than three minutes to go in the period on the power play.
Letestu promptly passed to the streaking Kassian, who barreled in alone and fired a wrist shot low past the blocker of goalie Martin Jones.
"I felt like we controlled the play most of the second and third periods, so they took more penalties because we had the puck and they were chasing us", Logan Couture said. The teams each had 10 shots in the first period, but San Jose outshot Edmonton 28-7 through the next 40 minutes.
Shortly after Anton Slepyshev's goal was disallowed upon review for an offside call with six minutes left in the second, the Oilers made up for it when McDavid extended his point streak to 14 games by setting up Caggiula on a rush to make it 3-1. San Jose's players have a lot of mileage on them and the young Oilers are just getting started.
The high amount was due, in part, to a carryover from a March 25th game when more than 76-thousand dollars went unclaimed.
San Jose's roster has combined for 1,169 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs compared to 342 for Edmonton (most of those by Milan Lucic).
The Oilersmust stay out of the box. It's tough, you want to be out there competing with the guys but we're hoping to be in this for a long, long time. "We just have to worry about ourselves and what we've got going on, knowing our details and assignments". "That's the thing that we're going to have to work on with this group is just letting that go".
In Edmonton, however, the wait for a playoff victory continues.
Additionally, Edmonton had a huge problem when it came to zone time.