Orange crushed: Oilers fans lament one-sided loss to San Jose

Frederick Owens
April 21, 2017

Game 5 will be played Thursday night in Edmonton, with the sixth game Saturday night in San Jose.

But the Sharks reminded them anyway.

Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks rebounded from back-to-back shutouts in emphatic fashion, beating the Edmonton Oilers 7-0 on Tuesday night to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. This was, after all, the most lopsided playoff loss in the team's history - besting, or worsting, 8-2 losses to the Isles in 1981 and Blackhawks in 1992.

It was ugly. The seven-goal margin of defeat was the worst playoff loss in Oilers franchise history.

San Jose struck for a pair of goals midway through the second.

Edmonton's best guys were not quite on that level. The again, he was the goalie who allowed five shots to get past.

The Sharks insist this wasn't because their backs were against the wall at home. "Just go through my process and let it go and be ready Thursday".

"They're both quality goaltenders, they're at the top of their game right now and that's a big part of it", McLellan said. All of his points came with the Sharks on the power play, which came alive after going 1 for 14 through the first three games of the series and finally made the Oilers pay for repeated trips to the penalty box.

"It becomes tougher because there's more bodies going to the net, it's sporadic", Oilers coach Todd McLellan said when assessing Talbot's tidy performance at the podium after the game. The momentum right off the bat was real important.

Men vs. boys. They are gaining some painful experience, which can be useful. They'll rely on that.

Meanwhile, Dell, Boedker, DeMelo, Labanc, and Haley stayed on the ice after all other skates had left, which indicates they will be scratched for tonight's game. In fact, WE'RE that team.

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The offensive resurgence took all of 15 seconds as San Jose center Joe Pavelski netted the first goal of the evening past Cam Talbot glove side via a deflection off of a Justin Braun slap-shot.

Marleau started the onslaught with his first of the playoffs with a power-play strike at 2:02 after Edmonton defenseman Oscar Klefbom had a failed clear.

Couture also played his best game of series, scoring a power play goal in the first just one shift after he took a high stick to the teeth that required him to leave the ice twice to get his mouth numbed.

And it was off to the races.

San Jose center Joe Thornton returned in Game 3 after missing the previous five games with an injury.

"The games have been close".

"I think he's getting more confident as this series goes on", Thornton said.

One thing that's also clear is that the young guns of the Oilers, namely Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl don't seem to be handling the way stars get treated by their opponents in the playoffs.

The Sharks came up with three power play goals by the second of the second period while building a 6-0 advantage.

"But then you know, two years to the day when we won the lottery to get Connor McDavid and things changed forever, and it makes all those moves and all those mistakes, and poor games worth it ..."

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