Kassian and Oilers run over Sharks

The Oilers out-ran, out-hit, out-gunned, and basically out-everything'd the Sharks through the first period as Sharks fans immediately thought back to last year's Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins and started preparing for another playoff disappointment.

"That was the story of our power play probably tonight", Pavelski said. It was a half-breakaway.

They will be available at Game 2 on Friday at the north LRT entrance on a first-come first-serve basis, two hours before puck drop.

Even without Joe Thornton in the lineup, the Sharks had a calmness about them.

The Sharks had a first period to forget but found a rhythm in the second period, with Joel Ward's power play goal helping to change the momentum.

ABOUT THE OILERS: Captain Connor McDavid notched an assist in the series opener after ending the regular season with a 14-game point streak - the longest in the National Hockey League in 2016-17. For the most part, however, he was held in check by the Sharks. It just happens that games 83 to 90, we're going to play the same team. They were almost 12 per cent below the league average in the percentage of loose pucks recovered in their defensive zone, a brutal performance.

The onus is on them now, especially in the defensive and neutral zones, to compete as hard as the their opponent did in game one.

The Sharks played without star center Joe Thornton, who is day to day with a left knee injury. San Jose got good news with the return of Logan Couture to the line-up, while veteran Joe Thornton Saturday.

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San Jose tied the game just over five minutes into the third period when Martin jumped on a rebound off Tomas Hertl's wraparound shot and put the puck in.

Talbot secured his first career playoff win, after Wednesday's Game 1 was his first career playoff start.

"It doesn't matter where we were in March", DeBoer said. Unfortunately for them, the Sharks would take control of the game and score two of their own. They didn't get their first shot of the middle frame until the eight minute mark and their second until the 14 minute mark (both on power plays) as Edmonton seemed to get stronger by the shift. He shot again, this time through Jones' pads. The Sharks won three out of four to close the season, but that came after a stretch that saw San Jose lose eight of nine and slide from first to third in the Pacific Division. Unlike the team that waddled through March and raised a ton of doubt about their playoff future, San Jose got on its horse and galloped bravely, controlling the sway of the game for the final 45 minutes and not relenting until Melker Karlsson screamed down the off wing and buried an overtime victor past Cam Talbot at 3:22 of overtime.

The Oilers built a 2-0 lead in the first period as Milan Lucic, one of the team's few players with extensive playoff experience, recorded a goal and an assist. Winger Joonas Donskoi came around behind the net and fed the puck in front on the backhand to Ward, who then redirected the puck past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot. And despite having so many brand-name stars in the lineup, the Sharks' power play was weak, ranking just 25 overall in the National Hockey League. San Jose fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime.

But all that time in the penalty box took a toll, according to Eberle.

The Oilers must stay out of the box. "You want to make sure that he doesn't get easy opportunities, odd man rushes - make sure he's coming through three or four guys". "The guys who kill (the penalties) are wasting a lot of energy and the guys who aren't are sitting on the bench". "We talk about it all the time".

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.

"We've got to let this one go", he said. But tonight everyone just felt calm, ready to go.

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