Joe Thornton returns to lineup for Sharks in Game 3 vs. Oilers

Danny Woods
April 21, 2017

The Sharks have managed only three goals in the series and none since Melker Karlsson scored 3:22 into overtime of Game 1.

After being outshot 13-6 in the first period, the Oilers controlled the play in the second, with the Sharks struggling to keep up with McDavid's speed. San Jose wasn't good enough in any situation of Game 2 on Friday, but an 0-for-6 showing on the power play - in addition to surrendering two shorthanded goals - in a 2-0 loss had to bother Thornton to the core.

McLellan will no doubt be quick to stress that the series is tied at 2-2, with the Oilers heading home for game five.

The Oilers gave up six goals three times in 82 regular-season games, but were never steamrolled this way. The previous record was 28 seconds (Dany Heatley vs. Los Angeles in 2011 during a 3-2 win). The Sharks had eight. With Kris Russell in the box for a hooking penalty on Timo Meier the Sharks took a couple trips into the zone with shades of the same old power play, i.e. lots of perimeter passing looking for flawless shots without much traffic in front of the net, until Logan Couture launched a wrister passed an off balance Cam Talbot resulting from some nifty cross ice passes to put the Sharks ahead 2-0. "Tonight was a big lesson. From Minute One to Minute Sixty, it was completely one-sided". And that can be a good thing.

Sorensen was all alone at the side of the net to deposit a rebound of a shot from Schlemko at 9:46 and suddenly the Sharks had more goals in less than half of Game 4 than they had scored in the first three games combined. The 21-year-old who scored 77 points could get suspended for the offence.

SPREAD IT AROUND: The Sharks have done a great job shutting down Connor McDavid. Linemates Patrick Maroon and Leon Draisaitl have yet to register a point.

630 CHED will have live coverage of game four tonight from San Jose starting with the Face-off Show at 6pm. Now, it's his turn to play, and he will look to bring more to Game 2.

They had 11 points Tuesday night.

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Numerous same fans who took in Game 3 on Sunday, and maybe some new arrivals, will be at the SAP Center, hoping for another road win and a stranglehold on the series.

The Edmonton Oilers didn't need to be reminded that despite San Jose's age, injuries and tepid start to the series, the Sharks are still a lethal force in the playoffs. The fast goal by Pavelski and Couture's first of the game staked them to a 2-0 lead by the first intermission, and it just grew from there.

"As a goalie, you want to make an extra save or two here and there", Talbot said.

"Every playoff game in my mind is a must win", said Couture.

McLellan said he hoped his players would chew and stew about what happened for a bit on Wednesday and be ready to go again against the Sharks at home on Thursday. They've won by five goals three times before, including a 5-0 victory over Nashville in Game 7 of last year's Western Conference semifinals. Game 4 is Tuesday at SAP Center with Game 5 back in Edmonton on Thursday. "It is about a shift in momentum".

"We know we need to win this one going into the next game on the road", center Chris Tierney said.

Maybe it's time to start. "We have to go back and get one there".

It is the Oilers who now are confronted with questions about their firepower and mettle. "It was nice to score some goals". I think he's picked up his game.

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