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Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

"That first game there might have been a little bit of nerves there", said McDavid.

San Jose's roster has combined for 1,169 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs compared to 342 for Edmonton (most of those by Milan Lucic).

League-wide, defending teams usually win about 55% of puck battles in their own zone, and while the Oilers' forecheck was better than average in game one, they didn't end up outpacing the Sharks in their own zone. Additionally, they managed a goal against the Sharks, and it can do more damage.

"We did a good job starting the game but we've got to finish", McDavid said. They played in our zone. "We really locked it down once we got that first goal".

It's the day Edmonton Oilers' fans have waited 11 years for - the team is back in the post-season. And despite having so many brand-name stars in the lineup, the Sharks' power play was weak, ranking just 25 overall in the National Hockey League.

Couture's mouth and teeth were smashed in late March by an errant puck, but he returned Wednesday with a full-face cage.

While the Sharks climbed back to win, Joe Thornton is still a big question mark for San Jose.

"That was the story of our power play probably tonight", Pavelski said. They were not only outplayed but struggled to even get pressure on. We were down by two, but I thought we were playing well.

"You put a risky power play like them out there, and obviously they're going to get chances and create momentum", Eberle said.

Letestu promptly passed to the streaking Kassian, who barreled in alone and fired a wrist shot low past the blocker of goalie Martin Jones. Lucic then shot again through Jones's pads.

The Sharks largely dominated the second half of the second period, outshooting the Oilers 9-4. Unlike the team that waddled through March and raised a ton of doubt about their playoff future, San Jose got on its horse and galloped bravely, controlling the sway of the game for the final 45 minutes and not relenting until Melker Karlsson screamed down the off wing and buried an overtime victor past Cam Talbot at 3:22 of overtime.

Kassian scored early in the second period and McDavid notched the insurance goal midway through the third period. Joonas Donskoi came around behind the net and fed the puck in front on the backhand to Ward, who redirected the puck past Talbot.

Defenseman Oscar Klefbom left the game in the third period after blocking a Brent Burns shot.

The Sharks have had a decided advantage in power plays (12-7) and power-play time (23:58 to 12:15) in the first two game.

One thing that will be key for the Oilers in game two is staying out of the penalty box. "The guys who kill (the penalties) are wasting a lot of energy and the guys who aren't are sitting on the bench".

Jones set aside 34 of 36 shots, but was handed a 2-0 road loss to the Oilers on Friday, knotting the series at one game apiece.

"Now we know that once we get that lead we can lock it down, and we know what it takes to play that way", said Talbot. We just keep going. The Sharks looked terrible at the end of the season. Please support our efforts.


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