Defensive numbers prove Oilers were outworked by Sharks in Game 1
Sharks centre Logan Couture, last year's leading scorer in the National Hockey League playoffs with 30 points, was back wearing a full protective shield as he made his return to the lineup in time for Game 1 after missing the final seven games of the regular season following taking a puck in the face.
The second game in the best-of-seven, first-round series is in Edmonton on Friday night.
Armed with one game's worth of post-season experience and an entire season's worth of desperation, the Oilers ran the San Jose Sharks out of town on Friday, dominating the defending Western Conference champions in a 2-0 Game 2 victory that echoed all the way back to Silicon Valley.
The Sharks finished the game 0-for-6 with the man advantage and didn't generate much at even strength as they wasted a solid performance from goalie Martin Jones, who finished with 34 saves. There were chances for the Oilers to stretch the lead - Connor McDavid snuck behind the defense for two Grade-A chances - but in the end, it looked and felt like the Sharks were more comfortable with the amped-up intensity of the playoff environment. Coach Peter DeBoer said that all of the players who missed the regular-season finale were dealing with day-to-day, nagging issues. "I hope to come out tomorrow and join the guys, but we'll just have to wait and see".
Sharks: Joe Thornton (left knee) is doubtful. "This isn't going to be a short series". 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.
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"But in that sense for us ... you don't go out of your way to hurt anyone, but you definitely want to let them know that you're there".
"The more we won, the crazier it got on the street", he said. It doesn't matter. So, the last place we're going to start is the offensive zone.
In the third period, Caggiula had broken a stick on a breakaway that could have given the Oilers a late lead. He also took an undisciplined slashing minor in the third period, retaliating on a check from Timo Meier, and was credited with a game-high four giveaways.
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San Jose scored on the power play 1:43 into the second period when Joel Ward slammed in a goal mouth pass.
"We've been a disciplined team all season long but last night was one of those nights where we took more penalties then we usually would", said Gretzky".
The Oilers showed no mercy in Game 2, hammering Couture repeatedly, including one where Kassian left his feet to level him.
"What we've done all year is just believe in the process and stay with it and believe in one another".
Kassian drove the net effectively and delivered bone-jarring hits on Brenden Dillon and Logan Couture at Rogers Place. For a lot of the key Oilers players, this will be their first playoff experience.
After going 1-for-6 in Game 1, the Sharks are now 1-for-12 on the power play in the series.
"It really brings the city and the community together and we're all really hyped", Van Rooig said.
"I'm disappointed but I hope he comes later in the series", said Andrew Fullerton of Boulder Creek. They called it and we have to make them pay for taking liberties. We've got to go do it again. They were almost 12 per cent below the league average in the percentage of loose pucks recovered in their defensive zone, a brutal performance. Edmonton must play a whole 60 minutes (and maybe even more) to beat a team like San Jose.
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The Oilers showed no mercy in Game 2 , hammering Couture repeatedly, including one where Kassian left his feet to level him. Through two games in the first round, the Sharks have experienced the best of times and the worst of times .
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