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

19 April 2017

The Sharks are 15-6 in the last 21 meetings in Edmonton, 26-12 in the last 38 meetings and the over is 3-1-3 in the last 7 meetings.

The Sharks continued to apply pressure throughout the third, and by the end of regulation time, were outshooting the Oilers 36-17 - including a staggering 16-3 advantage in shots in the final 20 minutes.

"The thing I remember from the last playoffs is Edmonton just vibrating", said Leanna Wodinski, who watched Wednesday's game at a sports bar with her husband. Doing this will help them put up a better fight, and lead to them limiting the Sharks' shots on net and opportunities. The series heads back to San Jose for Game 3 on Sunday. We saw the same out of Milan Lucic a year ago in the first round against L.A. That stuff, you know what, you've got to play through that stuff.

"That first game there might have been a little bit of nerves there", said McDavid.

On Kassian's goal, Brent Burns had left the puck for Joe Pavelski near the Oilers blue line. He skated toward Jones and buried a wrist shot for the game's opening goal just 42 seconds into the second period.

The Sharks will need to limit what is arguably the best one-two combination in hockey: Oilers center Connor McDavid led the NHL with 100 points, while right winger Leon Draisaitl scored 29 times and finished eighth in the scoring race.

"That was the story of our power play probably tonight", Pavelski said.

The Sharks stumbled into the playoffs having dropped from first place to third place in the Pacific Division over the past month. Thornton also practiced Monday after missing the final three games with an injured knee. Through two periods, Edmonton had been credited with 33 hits to the Sharks' 10.

The din grew louder when Milan Lucic gobbled up a rebound off a shot by Mark Letestu and blasted it past Jones with 2:53 left in the first period. Kassian was called for roughing at the 13:04 mark of the first period and Maroon was given an elbowing penalty 7:02 into the second period. "He is looking really good this season".

McDavid, the NHL's regular season points champ, got one assist on a power play in Game 1.

"You're talking about guys, they've seen that before", DeBoer said. The guys who kill play a lot of minutes and the guys who don't, don't.

They gave a standing ovation to Dwayne Rolloson, the goalie that took the Oilers to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006, when he was shown seated in the arena. "They had the puck all night".

San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer says he won't be taking a wrecking ball to a power play that has gone from lacklustre to downright liability in the National Hockey League playoffs. The Sharks entered the series Monday under a cloud of uncertainty, with injuries to top players Joe Thornton and Logan Couture as well as a string of lackluster performances to close out the regular season. The reason we went so far a year ago is because we kept coming back in the second and third periods.