Tomas Hertl: Tomas Hertl and Sharks blanked by Oilers

Game 3 is Sunday nigh. "He dominated the game tonight", McDavid said. The game tips-off at 10:00 PM EST in Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

"We wanted to have a good bounce-back game", said Kassian. They were even worse in the neutral zone, where the Sharks controlled almost 62% of loose pucks, an area that is usually close to equal.

Tierney was asked about the end of the pregame warmup on Wednesday, when Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl fired a puck toward the Sharks net with himself, Tomas Hertl and Aaron Dell still in the area. If the Sharks are to win this series, they'll need their depth players to outplay the Oilers', limit Connor McDavid and Edmonton's transition opportunities, as they did in Game 1. "It keeps me in the game for sure", said McDavid. "The guys who kill (the penalty) are wasting a lot of energy and the guys who aren't are sitting on the bench".

The victory prevented the Oilers from dropping both of their home playoff games against the Sharks. 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.

The Sharks had a nightmare start as the Oilers struck for two first period goals in the game's first 17:07, with Oscar Klefbom scoring at even strength and Milan Lucic connecting on the power play to give Edmonton a 2-0 lead. "He was a physical presence, scored a huge goal for us". He swiped at the puck with this stick, giving it to Edmonton's Mark Letestu.

The Oilers, as well as Edmonton police, said fans were respectful and generally well-behaved during and after Game 1.

Through two games in the first round, the Sharks have experienced the best of times and the worst of times.

"That first game there might have been a little bit of nerves there", said McDavid.

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

The Sharks finished the game 0-for-6 with the man advantage and didn't generate much at even strength as they wasted a solid performance from goalie Martin Jones, who finished with 34 saves. The Sharks' power play has suffered from the absence of dominant center Joe Thornton.

It will be interesting to see how Peter DeBoer utilizes last change tomorrow night on home ice, and how effectively the Sharks can exploit matchups that worked for so well in Game 1, which the Sharks appeared to get away from in Game 2. He skated toward Jones and buried a wrist shot for the game's opening goal just 42 seconds into the second period.

"We looked like a team on our toes early on, and like a team on our heels later", said Todd McLellan, the Oilers coach.



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