Thornton returns to lineup for Sharks in Game 3 vs. Oilers

The San Jose Sharks are tied in the first round of the NHL Playoffs with the Edmonton Oilers at one game a piece.

If the first three games of the series (3-2, 2-0 and 1-0) were a coin toss, this was taking a roll of Loonies, putting it in a sock and beating Edmonton senseless with it.

"So we'll get back to it in Game 3". "You should be desperate to win the hockey game".

Unable to find the net on 39 successive shots during two straight losses, the Sharks found it just 15 seconds into the game at the SAP Center. Even the struggling power play that had scored only once and allowed two short-handed goals in the first three games got into the action.

Captain Connor McDavid has a goal and an assist in the series.

Martin Jones made 23 saves for the shutout. "We gave them all the momentum they needed to carry themselves for the rest of the game", said Oilers netminder Cam Talbot, who was pulled after five goals on 24 shots. "It doesn't matter if it's 1-0 or 7-0, the series is 2-2 and now we're heading home to play in front of our fans".

Game 4 in San Jose was a shockingly sensational loss.

Of course, it's also important to note that you don't get a single bonus for winning a playoff game by seven goals or by winning an overtime thriller.

"We didn't start the way we wanted to and gave up a goal right away", Talbot said.

Game 5 is in Edmonton on Thursday, and it shapes up to be a dandy after the Sharks' most lopsided postseason win in team history. But if the inexperienced Oilers handle it right, it was another night in the classroom of their Stanley Cup education.

Brandon Saad scored for the Blue Jackets, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots.

Couture's second goal at the 12:52 mark chased Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot, who had shut out the Sharks in games two and three.

Rishaug said there were rumors in the past that former Oilers coach and general manager Glen Sather would order decaf coffee to be put in the visitors' dressing room to keep players sluggish before puck drop. It shows you that a team can take their game to a different level. It was a one-off.

Who takes home Game 4?

Head coach Todd McLellan shuffled the lines in Game 3. San Jose continued to apply pressure but couldn't even it up.

"It was critical", Pete DeBoer said of scoring first. There have been only eight goals between the two teams in the first three games of the series.

"I went back to get the puck and bypass a few guys", Schlemko said.

That prompted chants of "We want seven!" from the delirious crowd and it came when Schlemko scored on the power play in the third. Whether DeBoer makes any changes remains to be seen - I think he'll play his cards pretty close to the vest.

Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski each scored twice, while Joe Thornton, back for his second game of the series, added his first assist. The two bottom lines were Timo Meier-Tomas Hertl-Melker Karlsson and Marcus Sorensen-Chris Tierney-Joel Ward. Shortly after the fifth goal, Edmonton's youth and immaturity finally reached a boiling point. San Jose F Mikkel Boedker was a healthy scratch after appearing in the first two games of the series. LW Matt Hendricks, RW Iiro Pakarinen, LW Jujhar Khaira and D Eric Gryba did not dress for Edmonton.


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