Monday, 19 February, 2018

Sharks hammer Oilers 7-0, tie series at two wins each

Stacy Diaz | 20 April, 2017, 06:00

The Oilers are getting a money line of +105 to prevail, while the over/under total for the game is listed at 5 goals.

The Couture wrister would not be the last power play goal for the Sharks either, as San Jose would muster up four more goals following Edmonton penalties and go 4-for-8 on the power play for the night. San Jose has struggled against Western Conference foes as they are 4-11 in their last 15 games but they know they need to even the series here as they can ill afford a 3-1 hole with the series shifting back to Edmonton and with the Oilers' record on the road this season being among the top-10 in the National Hockey League they know they have to be incredibly sharp in this one.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Joe Pavelski took just 15 seconds to end San Jose's two-game scoring drought.

Since the club rallied from a two-goal deficit in Game 1 to post a 3-2 overtime victory, San Jose has not had anyone notch a point as Cam Talbot turned aside all 39 shots he faced to register back-to-back shutouts and give Edmonton a 2-1 series lead.

"Tonight got away from us", said McDavid. Everyone was ready. We've been there, you know, the games have been tight, they really have.

Over the lunch hour, Sir Winston Churchill Square will be the site of a community rally organized by the city to allow Edmonton Oilers fans a chance to wear orange in solidarity, showing support for the team ahead of game five of the Stanley Cup playoffs against San Jose Sharks. The Edmonton Oilers are a young team finding themselves in the playoffs for the first time in a decade, riding the hopes of their frenzied fanbase on their shoulders for a pivotal game that will put the victor within a win of advancing to the next round. "I'd like them to think about it and think about some of the things they can do better but we will park the game". "We've been playing these games for a couple of weeks heading into the playoffs, which I think was a good stepping stone for us", Talbot added.

Goalie Martin Jones, which has led the Sharks' solid team defense throughout the series, had 32 saves to record his fourth career playoff shutout.

Three of the six Edmonton defencemen charged with containing the Sharks this series are finishing their first season with the Oilers.

"We're confident in him back there", Edmonton forward Jordan Eberle said. "That's not our team, that's not our game". But after failing to put a shot on goal, Joel Ward tripped Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera to cut the advantage 48 seconds short. "For me as a player, (I) can just focus on my game and you know he's going to take care of his business". "We need to get a little dirty, get in (Talbot's) eyes a bit more and try and bang one in".

"The catch is, the Sharks have been starting their practices early".

The first of four San Jose successful power plays completed the scoring for the first period. The 37-year-old, who could be a free agent this summer, played 16:27 on Sunday after missing the final three games of the regular season and first two of this series with a knee injury. He wore a cage to protect his mouth the first two games before going back to the half-visor for Game 3.

That permitted the Sharks to play with the lead for the first time all series. Sorensen knocked in a rebound midway through the period and Couture ended Talbot's night with a wrister from the circle.