Their underrated defense, led by Adam Larsson and Oscar Klefbom, played with pace and urgency and kept second chances to a minimum in front of Cam Talbot. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. 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.
He's still being considered a game-time decision, but my guess is he gives it a go.
The goal was the latest tying playoff goal in Canadiens history, beating Jacques Lemaire's goal in 1975 with 24 seconds remaining. The Sharks had eight. I don't want our players to necessarily forget about it tonight. "Tonight was a big lesson. From Minute One to Minute Sixty, it was completely one-sided".
But they all need to think about their actions. But all was salvaged with an absolute 7-0 beat down by the playoff hardened, experienced Sharks club over the young, upstart Oilers. The 21-year-old who scored 77 points could get suspended for the offence. While Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Patrick Maroon carried the Oilers' offence this season, they will need help.
As bad as things were for the Oilers in the first period, the second was far worse.
Said DeBoer: "I'm going to stick with, when Joe decides to play, he'll play". It did Tuesday night as the team set a new franchise record with four power play goals in a game.
Despite a rather disappointing season, where he finished with just 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games, Eberle bounced back toward the end. On Tuesday night, they had 10. Couture punched his first playoff goal past Talbot at 11:02 on a feed from Pavelski 1:03 into Kris Russell's hook of Sharks rookie Timo Meier. "We'll have to take our game up a notch, starting in Game 4".
With the Edmonton Oilers leading 2-1 in their playoff series with the San Jose Sharks, it's Oilers fans who smell blood in the water. Logan Couture added two goals while defenseman Brent Burns chipped in with his first points of the series with three assists.
Jones had to make a stop of Mark Letestu, who capped a four-on-two power-play rush at with a wrister shot from the slot the goalie stopped and froze under his pads.
"As a group we wanted to have a good bounce-back game", Kassian said. "We have to score to win, so offensively that's what we've got to concentrate on".
"Every playoff game in my mind is a must win", said Couture.
"We expected a tough game and that they would respond", DeBoer said of the Oilers in Game 2.
Talbot said he expected to be able to bounce back from the 7-0 defeat - San Jose's largest margin of victory in a playoff game. "It is about a shift in momentum. That doesn't win at this time of the year and I think we're proving that". There is no time for panic or doubt to start creeping in.