Experienced Sharks give Oilers a rude welcome to playoff hockey


Joel Ward and Paul Martin replied for San Jose in regulation time.

The Oilers, on the other hand, haven't lost at home since March 12 and are led by National Hockey League points leader Connor McDavid. "When we get him back that will be nice but we've had a few games to adjust without him and guys have done a good job stepping up".

PITTSBURGH - Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots in a surprise start in place of injured Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins opened their Stanley Cup title defence with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. "He's as honest a player as there is, he plays a 200-foot game and [is] a big part of our team".

"You're not going to keep Joe Thornton out", DeBoer said.

The Sharks were without Joe Thornton, who is doing his best to make it back from a knee injury, and had Logan Couture playing in a full cage after taking a puck in the face late in the season, but they were nobody's pushover. The availability of Thornton and Couture is crucial to San Jose's success. He missed seven games after having his mouth and teeth smashed by a deflected puck.

Welcome to playoff hockey, Edmonton. The Oilers, led by Hart Trophy candidate Connor McDavid, ended the season winning 12 of their final 14 to finish second in the Pacific. McLellan took over for the Oilers last season after a mutual split from his head coaching position with the Sharks in 2015.

"We were confident we could go out and turn things around (after the first period)", said Couture.

"We buy $40 worth of raffles every game", David Idzan told ESPN on Thursday, after he deposited the check at the bank.

"I just think the safety issues are going to be huge as the drinking goes on".

Lucic made it 2-0 with less than three minutes to go in the period on a power play.

McDavid passed the puck to Mark Letestu, who rifled the puck off Jones's goal pad right to Lucic. The Oilers managed just nine shots on goal through the final two periods and overtime - something to address when the teams meet again on Saturday. Western Conference. The Oilers are 9-1 in their last 10 home games, 19-7 in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-19 in their last 28 Conference Quarterfinals games. Winger Joonas Donskoi came around behind the net and fed the puck in front on the backhand to Ward, who then redirected the puck past Talbot. The Sharks were 1 for 6 with the man advantage while Edmonton was 1 for 3.

"It's a pretty special place and a wonderful environment come playoff time in Edmonton", said Wayne Gretzky.

"Definitely, in order to win, we have to stay out of the penalty box".

"You identify where he is, and you make sure that whoever it might be is in that area denies him the puck", Olczyk said. "The guys who kill (the penalty) are wasting a lot of energy and the guys who aren't are sitting on the bench". "We talk about it all the time". "They didn't look anything like the team that we've seen in the last two months tonight, but they looked like the team that went to the Stanley Cup Final past year". "If he's ready to play and he can help us, he's going to play regardless of the score of the series or anything else".



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