Edmonton Oilers: How They Can Win Game 2

After killing off two penalties, the Oilers went on a power play and made the Sharks pay. Sharks defenceman... San Jose's Tomas Hertl is 11-4 in the faceoff circle so far...

Sports has a odd way of coming full circle on a guy.

This was a tougher, stronger and much more determined team than the one that let a 2-0 lead turn into a humbling and crushing defeat in Game 1. They were even worse in the neutral zone, where the Sharks controlled almost 62% of loose pucks, an area that is usually close to equal.

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.

The Oilers played at their usual fast tempo when they were at even strength in the second period when they outshot the Sharks 12-6 to keep momentum.

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The high amount was due in part to a carryover from a March 25 regular-season game when more than $76,000 went unclaimed. "I was just off with timing and stickhandling and making plays, receiving passes", the 28-year-old told reporters. When he was repeatedly asked how he felt, he repeatedly answered, "same as yesterday".

McLellan also identified another factor, one that could certainly be attributed to playoff experience that was important in Game 1.

There would be no change in the lineup for San Jose forward Joe Thornton (lower body), who remains day-to-day and a game-time decision as Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer have said. Even if they don't miss Game 1, will they truly be 100 percent? They are the reigning Western Conference champs.

It was Edmonton's first playoff win since the spring of 2006.

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"They were five or seven seconds ahead of us with every change, so they caught us exhausted a lot of times and took advantage of us, hemmed us in", McLellan said.

"We had a power-play goal in the first game".

The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

"(We're) just not coming off at the right time".

The Sharks will look to take a two-games-to-none lead on the road in the first round for the second straight season.

Jones played well overall, though the same can not be said about Team Teal's special teams units - Edmonton killed off six power plays from San Jose and the only goals on the board - one from Zack Kassian and the other Connor McDavid - were of the shorthanded variety. "It doesn't take a lot of getting used to off the start". Injuries and age vs. the upstart and very exciting new kids on the block. Everyone in this city is excited and so are we.

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. He'll present another problem for the Sharks.

"Tonight we were just committed to doing it a certain way and we didn't really get away from it", he said. "It was great, it was fun".

Some season ticket holders were a bit irked about the concourse passes and anxious the move would cheapen the playoff experience for longtime fans by creating longer bathroom and concession lines. The Sharks looked terrible at the end of the season. "I think we got back to the style of game we want to play".

"At this time of year there is always another good team that gets in your way so it's not going to be handed to you, you have to go earn it".

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