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Western Conference Quarter-Finals Game 6: Edmonton Oilers @ San Jose Sharks

Oilers can close out series with victory in San Jose tonight. Give me oxygen.

(goofy hand motion on a power play)
(goofy hand motion on a power play)
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The opposing view


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


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


Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

We're Really Talking About Clinching The Series Tonight

David Desharnais scored an overtime thriller to give the Oilers a 4-3 win, and 3-2 lead in the series.  Edmonton came back from a 3-1 deficit in order to take the series lead, and it's got me feeling warm and tingly all over.

The Oilers will visit San Jose tonight for game six.  Momentum has certainly shifted Edmonton's way, but the Sharks had fun with the Oilers the last time these two teams met in San Jose on Tuesday.  Edmonton can walk away sealing a series for the first time since 2006 tonight.  I can hardly contain myself.

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on David Desharnais' game 5.

Hard to argue with McLellan on this one.  Not only did David Desharnais score in OT, he had a very nice little setup on an Oscar Klefbom laser that tied the game late in the third.

The opponents are saying

That's Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer on his team's performance late in Thursday's game.

Edmonton outshot the Sharks 14-2 in overtime.

Have some of this

  • I can't believe we're here right now.  After more than ten years of futility, the Oilers have an opportunity to end San Jose's season tonight in front of their home crowd.  Whatever happens, please don't yield another touchdown on the scoresheet.
  • PENALTY WATCH: The Oilers took eight penalties in Tuesday's blowout loss.  They took one in their climactic 4-3 overtime victory on Thursday.  Mark Letestu also scored a power play goal late in the second period to narrow San Jose's lead to a 3-2 margin.  I mean, who would've thought that special teams would play such a factor?
  • BOUNCE BACK: Cam Talbot bounced back for a win on Tuesday.  It was a welcome feeling after yielding five goals in half a game.  Look for him to get the start tonight against Martin Jones once again.
  • POSTAGE, 25 CENTS: Darnell Nurse hit two posts in the first period of Thursday's game.  Using the PGA's modified stableford scoring system, that should be worth at least half a goal.  That's a terrible golf joke for you.  Move on already.
  • MAROONED: Pat Maroon had yet to score a point in this series, but he scored Edmonton's first goal in the first period on Thursday to put the club up 1-0.  Drake Caggiula may have started the night on the top line, but it was 19-97-29 five minutes in.  .
  • If the Oilers win tonight, sleep late tomorrow.  You're probably gonna to need it after tonight.