Edmonton Oilers shut out Sharks with pair of shorthanded goals


Rogers Place erupted when Oscar Klefbom, a defenceman who sat out nearly two-thirds of last season after contracting a staph infection, whistled a wrist shot past Martin Jones 6 minutes and 44 seconds into the game. Martin came from the back side and tapped in the tying goal.

But, after he and the Sharks mutually agreed to part ways following the 2014-15 season, he was tasked with taking over the Oilers, a rebuilding team that hadn't made the playoffs since 2006.

Lucic, who had scored three straight goals when the Oilers beat San Jose in California last week, also had an assist.

The Sharks dominated the third period, outshooting the Oilers 18-3 and tying the game at 5:22 on a goal by Paul Martin. Edmonton would amass just 19 shots while the Sharks put the test to Cam Talbot with 44.

"You're going to get games where you lose that battle and you're going to get games where you win it". Lucic had a goal and an assist.

ABOUT THE OILERS: Captain Connor McDavid notched an assist in the series opener after ending the regular season with a 14-game point streak - the longest in the National Hockey League in 2016-17.

Couture, though, had yet to go through a game situation where the Oilers wanted set a certain physical tone to begin the series with. He finished first among defensemen in goals and points, first among all players in shots and was ninth among all in points.

"We've got to just get back at it", DeBoer said Saturday in a conference call.

For Kar-Wing Koo who lives a block away from Rogers Place, watching the game in his condo just wasn't going to cut it.

Talbot secured his first career playoff win, after Wednesday's Game 1 was his first career playoff start. He said occasionally when they did break out of their own end they stayed out on the ice even though they were winded, trying to ignite a scoring chance instead of letting someone else hop over the boards.

The good news? The Oilers aren't going to let a repeat performance happen tonight, or they're going to have a mountain to climb going to San Jose 0-2. If we could have found a way to get one. The guys who kill play a lot of minutes and the guys who don't, don't. The Wild are at least making the right statements about showing urgency, but we'll find out what they're "made of" soon enough. "It just seemed the last two periods we were just hanging on".

Officials with the Oilers Entertainment Group say it's the biggest 50/50 jackpot in team history. "We continue to work closely with our partners from EPS and the City of Edmonton to encourage fans to have a great time while celebrating responsibly". The Sharks' window to win a Stanley Cup, meanwhile, might be closing as this veteran bunch lost last year's Finals in six games to Pittsburgh. "We just have to get that power play, make it a little bit more risky". The big netminder was fantastic for the Oilers this season and the most important player on the franchise not named Connor McDavid.



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