Edmonton Oilers: How They Can Win Game 2

Ross Houston
April 17, 2017

Armed with one game's worth of post-season experience and an entire season's worth of desperation, the Oilers ran the San Jose Sharks out of town on Friday, dominating the defending Western Conference champions in a 2-0 Game 2 victory that echoed all the way back to Silicon Valley.

San Jose Sharks' Martin Jones (31) and Brent Burns (88) react as Edmonton Oilers' Zack Kassian (44) celebrates his goal during second period National Hockey League playoff action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday April 14, 2017.

"I feel like every game is going to be ramped up more and more", said San Jose's Joel Ward.

It was the first playoff game in the Oilers' new downtown arena and the team's first postseason game in nearly 11 years. The Sharks' power play has suffered from the absence of dominant center Joe Thornton. Sharks C Logan Couture had been out since taking a puck to the face March 25 in Nashville, but was good to go for Game 1.

The Sharks power play was abysmal throughout the night, finishing 0-for-6 with just five shots on goal and surrendering the pair of shorties. On Friday, he broke free killing a penalty midway through the third, racing down the left side to fire a low shortside wrist shot past Sharks goalie Martin Jones to seal the win.

Then again, the Stanley Cup playoffs always provide a new atmosphere: full crowds, full beards and endless levels of enthusiasm. But despite a long history with numerous key players on the Sharks, McLellan sees little advantage.

San Jose cut the lead in half 1:43 into the second period on the power play. Joonas Donskoi came around behind the net and fed the puck in front on the backhand to Ward, who redirected the puck past Talbot.

They lost 3-2 in overtime to the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarter-final.

The Sharks made it to the Stanley Cup Final last season partly because their defensive awareness helped limit the effectiveness of scorers such as Los Angeles' Tyler Toffoli, Nashville's Filip Forsberg and St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko.

The Sharks finished the game 0-for-6 with the man advantage and didn't generate much at even strength as they wasted a solid performance from goalie Martin Jones, who finished with 34 saves.

"At this time of the year you just throw him out and you use him", said McLellan.

"It was incredible. The crowd, you could really feel the energy", Meier said of Game 1.

After a disappointing overtime loss in the opener, the young Edmonton Oilers proved to be quick learners. "I think we got back to the style of game we want to play".

"We had a tough time generating some momentum after that".

"We've got to find a way with the group we do have". "We really locked it down once we got that first goal". He also took an undisciplined slashing minor in the third period, retaliating on a check from Timo Meier, and was credited with a game-high four giveaways. Coach Peter DeBoer said that all of the players who missed the regular-season finale were dealing with day-to-day, nagging issues. "They didn't look anything like the team that we've seen in the last two months tonight, but they looked like the team that went to the Stanley Cup Final a year ago".

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