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Sharks even series with 7-0 win over Oilers in Game 4

Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:01

In addition to protecting Couture, the Sharks will need to find a way to get their power play going in Game 3, especially if Joe Thornton misses his sixth consecutive game (three in the regular season) with a left knee injury. The Sharks utterly outplayed Edmonton in Game 1 at Rogers Place, but a amusing thing happened between that dismal effort last Wednesday and Game 2 on Friday - the Oilers regrouped, like winning teams do.

Game 4 of the series is being played on the two-year anniversary of Edmonton winning the draft lottery that gave the club the right to draft Connor McDavid, now the Oilers' captain. "Just keep to our fundamentals and we'd be fine, and you saw that tonight".

Desperation mode from the Oilers in the final period would not be enough as San Jose goalie Martin Jones would pitch a shutout of his own, turning away all 23 of Edmonton's shots on goal.

After enduring multiple long stretches without recording a shot on goal in games two and three the Sharks clearly game planned to avoid repeating this particular mistake.

Since the playoffs began, Edmonton is emerging not just as a team of the future - but a team that can win now. If the Oilers can continue to play this well on defense, the Sharks don't stand much of a chance.

Again, McDavid was in the spotlight, first with a quick wraparound attempt that Jones blocked at 15:49, then with a slapshot from the top of the right face-off circle 32 seconds later, but Jones stopped him both times.

"Hopefully, when we get back to Rogers Place, the crowd can help them out a little bit and we can bounce back and take the series".

"We've got a big orange sign, we've got flags, we've got insane hair, and so far we've gotten four-and-a-half honks, and we've gotten a few of those gestures that sometimes you get in traffic if you don't behave", said Scheetz.

San Jose ended a three-game home losing streak in the playoffs, including games four and six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

"We were just ready", Pavelski said.

The San Jose power play had four goals by game's end, feasting on an Oilers team that's been undisciplined from the start.

The ball is now clearly in Todd McLellan's court.

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

Already, Talbot, said, he had put the game out of his mind.

After going 1 for 12 with the man advantage in the first two games, the Sharks were held without a shot in 3:12 of power play time through two periods. "When you threw the numbers at the group two years ago when we started, Edmonton had a reputation of playing real fast, get on offence and see what happens".

The Sharks needed 15 seconds of the first period to take a 1-0 lead.

Joe Pavalski, Brett Burns, Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau and Jumbo Joe Thornton had the combined total of one point in the first three games. We have to bounce back. "Pavs made a great tip on that one, the building got into it, and we rode that momentum". Leon Draisaitl went to centre with Drake Caggiula and Zack Kassian, while Mark Letestu was moved to the wing with David Desharnais and Benoit Pouliot.