Sharks' Thornton, Couture game-time decision

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The Sharks went down 2-0 in the first period Wednesday before taking the game over, grinding down the Oilers in Edmonton's end of the rink for long stretches, outshooting them 44-19 and ultimately beating them 3-2 in overtime.

The Sharks made the right adjustments, took back control in the 2nd and never looked back.

The first two games of this round will be played in Edmonton, but the next two are set for San Jose.

It was Edmonton's first playoff win since the spring of 2006.

The Sharks, the defending Western Conference champions, won despite having dominating centre Joe Thornton out with a day-to-day knee injury.

Game 2 goes Friday in Edmonton. Now factor in that both Joe Thornton and Logan Couture and listed as game time decisions for game one and one has to curb any enthusiasm for both the playoffs and this series. Additionally, they managed a goal against the Sharks, and it can do more damage.

This time the Oilers kept their foot on the gas pedal, outshooting and outhitting the Sharks throughout the game.




The veteran San Jose Sharks taught the upstart Edmonton Oilers a lesson in playoff intensity, spotting them two early goals Wednesday night and then roaring back to win. Game notes The Oilers got a scare in the third period when Oscar Klefbom went down after blocking a shot. The pair were skating and pressing the play all night, and they teamed up on the Sharks' first goal when Donskoi bulled his way to the net with a spin move before dishing to a waiting Ward for a power play marker. Sensing a blowout, the partisan gathering began taunting Jones, but that was the last time the Oilers were heard from. Score close situations can be very predictive of a team's true ability, but those numbers are a likely product of score effects, as the Sharks trailed 2-0 entering the second period of Game 1 before halving the Oilers with a power play goal.

The Oilers are as whole have been completely made over and only two Sharks remain from that series (Thornton and Marleau) and that series was over a decade ago and means absolutely nothing.

San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer says he won't be taking a wrecking ball to a power play that has gone from lacklustre to downright liability in the National Hockey League playoffs. He swiped at the puck with this stick, tipping it to the Oilers' Mark Letestu. Getting the more experienced playoff team and the plus money is where I see value in this matchup. McDavid, who won this season's scoring title easily by notching 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists).

The Penguins built a 3-0 lead in the second period with goals from Bryan Rust, Phil Kessel and Nick Bonino. Rogers Place is encouraging fans to exit the arena through the four core stairwells.

You better start warming up to the idea, and consider picking them in your Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge. Connor McDavid had a one-on-absolutely-nobody opportunity, and he wasn't the only one.

While the orange crush flooded Rogers Place, fans in matching jerseys streamed into bars and restaurants along Whyte Avenue.

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