Sputtering offense, late mistake costs Sharks in Game 3 loss to Oilers

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After being outshot 13-6 in the first period, the Oilers controlled the play in the second, with the Sharks struggling to keep up with McDavid's speed. San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton, right, celebrates as Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, left, is beaten for a goal on a shot from San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture, not seen, during the first period in Game 4 of a first-roun. This embarrassing defeat will galvanize Edmonton as they head home for game five.

The goal was the latest tying playoff goal in Canadiens history, beating Jacques Lemaire's goal in 1975 with 24 seconds remaining.

"I don't think this would mean almost as much if we hadn't been waiting the 10 years for it, and I think that's why a lot of people made the trip down here". It was a good hockey game by both teams. "It was completely one-sided".

The goals came early and often and not one counted for the Oilers leaving fans venting a humiliating 7-0 loss on social media.

"Now we know that when we get a lead we can lock it down". At this point, he is scoreless through four games.

Meanwhile, the cyclical nature of sport has finally brought dawn to Edmonton, where Connor McDavid is 20 and Leon Draisaitl 21.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Sharks are favored at home today, as they are getting odds of -125 to win.

The power play, which prior to Game 4 had been about as effective as a North Korean missile test, also came alive. They replied with a character game and ran the Sharks out of the building to even the series.

But whenever you throw Thornton, Burns, Pavelski, Marleau and Couture on the ice together, something can happen at any moment. As they say, that's why they play the games.

McDavid, the NHL's regular season points champ, got one assist on a power play in Game 1.

Numerous same fans who took in Game 3 on Sunday, and maybe some new arrivals, will be at the SAP Center, hoping for another road win and a stranglehold on the series.

Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves and Rick Nash scored the deciding goal in the second period, as the New York Rangers defeated Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in Game 4 of their first-round series.

"I had knee surgery over two weeks ago, so that's why I couldn't fly - just because of blood clots - and I didn't think I could have my knee bent for that long", said Lane.

For the second consecutive game, Cam Talbot had a shutout and Zack Kassian scored the winning goal for the Oilers in the game -3.

"Joe Thornton would help us in a lot of different areas, but we don't have him and we've got to find a way with the group we do have", Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said on an early-morning conference call Saturday. "We gave them all the momentum they needed to carry through for the rest of the game".

"As a goalie, you want to make an extra save or two here and there", Talbot said.

"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.

Coming into Game 1 from Rogers Place Wednesday, Eberle had accumulated 165 goals and 382 points in 507 regular season games. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. There is no time for panic or doubt to start creeping in.



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