Sharks come home to face Oilers for Game 3

A plastic shark hangs from a hockey stick at the Orange Crush rally in support of the Edmonton Oilers at Churchill Square in Edmonton AB on Thursday April 20,2017

Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks scores past goalie Laurent Brossoit of the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 4 of their National Hockey League playoff series at San Jose's SAP Center on April 18, 2017. Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice, and Brent Burns had 3 assists as the Sharks hammered the Oilers 7-0. "They were going to be a little rusty, and they started a little slow, but you see the games they had tonight and how big of an impact they can make on this team".

Couture increased the Sharks' lead to 2-0 with a man advantage at 11:02, whipping in a seam pass from Pavelski that was deflected in the slot by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins before Couture pulled it in. "There weren't really any lapses in our game".

The Shark Tank was energized for the first playoff game here since Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup last June, and vocal pockets of Oilers fans broke up the sea of teal. Joe Pavelski made a deft tip of a Justin Braun point shot to make it 1-0 just 15 seconds into the game. "And I think, I don't think it's a secret that as our key guys are getting healthier and feeling better, you know, we're starting to look better in that area". "I think he came out and had a great game for us for not playing in a while". Cam Talbot recorded his second straight shutout with 23 saves. The Edmonton Oilers are a young team finding themselves in the playoffs for the first time in a decade, riding the hopes of their frenzied fanbase on their shoulders for a pivotal game that will put the victor within a win of advancing to the next round. Leon Draisaitl was issued a five-minute major and game misconduct at 13:44, pitchforking Chris Tierney in the groin as the two battled in the corner.

"At the end of the day, it was about them being more hungry to get back in the series and us not responding in the right way", Milan Lucic, the Oilers' veteran forward, said. We haven't been like that all year. However, Edmonton has found ways to find the net in these last two games and the Oilers were the better offensive team this season. He wore a cage to protect his mouth the first two games before going back to the half-visor for Game 3.

Facing elimination in a best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round playoffs, the Columbus Blue Jackets started aggressively and held off the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4.

The Sharks continued to show signs of addressing their biggest shortcomings in games two and three, as the power-play woes also showed signs of life and finally punished the overly aggressive Edmonton fore-check.

Logan Couture, fourth on the team with 25 goals, also hasn't had a point after leading all players with 20 assists and 30 points in the postseason a year ago when San Jose reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time.

"(Experience is) only good if you use it in the right way", Marleau said.

"We've been saying we have confidence in it", Thornton said. The Oilers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. They allowed four power-play goals, and their margin of defeat was the worst in franchise history for a playoff game.

The opening puck drop for Game Four is 8 p.m. our time.



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