Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian scored short-handed goals to help the Edmonton Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0 Friday night, evening their first-round series at one game apiece. "We really locked it down once we got that first goal".
"I don't know what happened, I got a little space there".
If the Oilers want to leave victorious and tie this series up, they will have to put on tremendous pressure and get shots on net. Now we need to win game two. Brent Burns, once considered a favorite for the Norris Trophy, saw his production dive in the last quarter of the season, as the bearded and burly wunderkind scored just two goals in his final 23 games. "We tried to have as much fun with it as we can and we were both successful, and that's good". "They had the puck all night".
Vancouver got a goal back from Tryamkin to close out the scoring.
McDavid became the ninth player in past 30 years to score his first playoff goal within his first two career playoff games played and have it come shorthanded.
He returned to the lineup for the playoffs wearing a cage, but by his own admission has been rusty.
Key player Logan Couture is back on the ice, out for three weeks, after the center took a puck to the face.
Just like that, a Sharks team that seemed dead in the water heading into this series appears to have acquired a new lease on life.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks are hobbling into the playoffs instead of rolling into them.
Not only did the Sharks not capitalize, but their time with the man advantage in Game 2 did more harm than good.
"We're disappointed with the way it went", Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said. "We forechecked them hard and they got caught on some long shifts". Vlasic also assisted on Ward' second-period goal. It was the first time ever in the team's 25-year history.
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Connor McDavid, the Oilers' 20-year-old captain and National Hockey League regular-season scoring leader with 100 points, had an assist on Lucic's goal.
Lucic made it 2-0 with less than three minutes to go in the period on a power play.
Letestu promptly passed to the streaking Kassian, who barreled in alone and fired a wrist shot low past the blocker of goalie Martin Jones. A minute into the third, Drake Caggiula had a breakaway chance to give Edmonton a 3-1 lead, but his stick broke before he could unleash a shot on Jones.
FILE - At left, in a November 1, 2016, file photo, San JoseSharks center Joe Thornton (19) skates to the puck against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Glendale, Ariz.
WORKHORSE GOALIES: Edmonton's Cam Talbot and San Jose's Martin Jones were two of the most worked goalies in the regular season.
The Sharks made the right adjustments, took back control in the 2nd and never looked back.
So now, we get to the meat in this sandwich. "You lose momentum by doing that", said Eberle.
"It's killing him sitting out".
"It doesn't matter where we were in March", he said. "We'll see tomorrow and we'll keep taking those steps".
The Oilers continued to dictate the pace in the early going.
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