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Western Conference Quarter-Finals Game 2: San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers

The first one didn't go as planned. Oilers try to put a knot on it tonight at Rogers Place

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose


1-0-0, 0 points, 2 p/g Ranks 0-1-0, 0 points, 0 p/g
t-1st Points per Game t-9th
t-6th Special Teams t-6th
2nd Shots on Goal 16th
t-7th Goals Against per Game t-13th
830 PM MDT
TV - Sportsnet (AB)
Radio - 630 CHED
Rogers Place

The opposing view


Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Drake CaggiulaMark LetestuZack Kassian
Benoit Pouliot - David Desharnais - Iiro Pakarinen


Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Matthew Benning


Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

Not Quite How It Was Scripted

The first period of Wednesday's game was one of the best periods I've seen the Oilers play.  They controlled the puck.  When they didn't have the puck, they were after the puck.  They scored two goals.  The Sharks scored none.  It looked like the Oilers were going to drive this one to the bank

The second and third periods were completely opposite the first.  Joel Ward got San Jose on the board early on in the second, and Paul Martin tied it up with five minutes gone in the third.  This game ended up going to overtime thanks largely in part to Cam Talbot stopping a wall of shots, and Melker Karlsson scored three minutes in sudden death to give the Sharks a 1-0 series lead.

Edmonton badly needs to tie this series up with a win tonight, as no team wants to go away from home down 0-2.

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers forward Connor McDavid on San Jose's dominant play in game 1.

The Sharks amassed 44 shots in game one.  You don't need your pocket calculator to figure out that you're going to lose more games than you win when you allow 44 shots.

The opponents are saying

That's Sharks forward Joe Pavelski on San Jose's come-from-behind victory on Wednesday night.

San Jose played a great road game, and they'll definitely want to circle the last 40 minutes of the game. They did it without Joe Thornton who was scratched due to injury, and Logan Couture is playing with a full face shield.

Have some of this

  • The result from Wednesday night's game wasn't very much fun, but this was pretty good.  Been a great few days of anthems so far in this year's playoffs.  Rob Clark and the fans here, Ginette Reno in Montréal.  Good stuff.
  • The Oilers took seven penalties on Wednesday night en route to their overtime loss.  That's about six too many for my liking.  Getting nine shots in the last 43 minutes of the game wasn't big on my highlight list either.
  • PIPE DREAMS: Cam Talbot turned aside 41 shots on Wednesday, but took the loss in overtime.  Look for the Sharks to counter once again with Martin Jones, who was 17/19 in the win.
  • TWO FOR LUCIC:  A goal and an assist for Milan Lucic on Wednesday.  You'll also note that Oscar Klefbom opened the scoring early on for the Oilers.  It's Klefbom shot, Lucic clean up.  Let's not complicate the process, you guys.  Lucic's goal was on the power play.  More of this.
  • LINE SWITCH: McLellan shuffled his bottom six pretty good last game.  Benoit Pouliot and David Desharnais found themselves on the fourth line with Iiro Pakarinen, while Mark Letestu and Zack Kassian were bumped up to line three.  It's the first playoff series since 2006 and I'm asking a lot, but a goal from one of those lines would be great.
  • The Oilers will be without Tyler Pitlick (knee).  The Sharks' Joe Thornton (leg) will be a 'game time decision'.
  • We're really not at the point of "must win games", but tonight's game is precipitously close to a "must win game" for the Oilers.  They've enjoyed success against the Sharks during the regular season, but they'll be in a world of hurt if they go to San Jose down 2-0.  So, don't do that.