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Joe Pavelski scores fastest playoff goal in Sharks history

Kristopher Love | 20 April, 2017, 06:40

Kassian also scored the first goal in Edmonton's 2-0 win in Game 2, giving him two straight game-winners after having none the past two regular seasons. With Kris Russell in the box for a hooking penalty on Timo Meier the Sharks took a couple trips into the zone with shades of the same old power play, i.e. lots of perimeter passing looking for flawless shots without much traffic in front of the net, until Logan Couture launched a wrister passed an off balance Cam Talbot resulting from some nifty cross ice passes to put the Sharks ahead 2-0. Edmonton was third in the Western Conference with 243 goals while San Jose was 10th with 219. Pavelski won the face-off, and when defenseman Justin Braun powered a low shot from the blueline, Pavelski deflected the shot past Talbot at the 0:15 mark.

The Sharks had only 16 shots in a Game 3 loss in San Jose on Sunday, but had 14 in the first period in Game 4. It was a good hockey game by both teams.

After taking a 2-0 lead after the first period on the quick goal by Pavelski and a goal by Couture midway through the period, San Jose broke the game open with a four-goal second period. "I took another step tonight". However, Edmonton has found ways to find the net in these last two games and the Oilers were the better offensive team this season. Leon Draisaitl was issued a five-minute major and game misconduct at 13:44, pitchforking Chris Tierney in the groin as the two battled in the corner.

"I saw he was looking for a long pass, and I just tried to get in the way", Kassian said.

"He was great again", said McDavid after Edmonton's victory.

"At the end of the day, it was about them being more hungry to get back in the series and us not responding in the right way", Milan Lucic, the Oilers' veteran forward, said. Schlemko planted the puck on the stick of Edmonton winger Zack Kassian, who skated across the crease and sent a backhand past Jones with 9:15 left in the game. It started with Couture rifling a shot from the past Talbot at 11:02 of the first period with defenceman Kris Russell in the penalty box for hooking.

While Fleury faces some questions after allowing four and five goals in Columbus, Sergei Bobrovsky breathes a sigh of relief ... though you wonder if there's still some self-doubt.

"I don't think this would mean almost as much if we hadn't been waiting the 10 years for it, and I think that's why a lot of people made the trip down here".

While Thornton returned, the Sharks' ineffective power play also made the trip back to the South Bay.

"We came in here, we established home ice and now it's best of three", said Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who was replaced in the second period.

"It was kind of like a goosebumps moment where you're just like, 'Oh my God, ' like this is intense ... we're in the playoffs, like this is actually happening". And the seven goals total tied a club record set twice previously - once at home (April 20, 2014) against Los Angeles and once on the road (April 30, 1999) at Colorado. "We came in, got home-ice advantage back, but it'd be nice to come in and play another game like that on Tuesday". 57 seconds into a power play, the Sharks converted on a slap shot from the point by Schlemko, beating a screened Brossoit. "I don't know if there was really any time to let frustration settle in", said Pavelski. F Mikkel Boekder was scratched to make room for Thornton.