Battlin' Matt Benning was solid, not looking at all jittery, and Darnell Nurse was good enough that I was consoling myself that if Klefbom was out, Nurse could step up and get the job done.
Game 3 is Sunday night. The rubber match is set to go tonight. Edmonton responded with 12-4 shot differential in the second period. "That line's been playing well, and he's been skating well and he's gotten rewarded". However, his ability to distribute the puck to the forwards helped Edmonton dominate possession 5v5.
Cam Talbot stopped all 16 shots he faced for his first career playoff shutout and Edmonton's first postseason win since 2006. The power play is not where it needs to be. That's a 69.1% Corsi For percentage, which is absolute dominance. Schlemko tried to toss the puck up the ice from a corner in his own zone.
Watching their first home playoff contest since Game 6 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, a rabid SAP Center crowd begged for a Sharks comeback as they trailed the visiting Edmonton Oilers with just over nine minutes remaining in the third period.
LATE HITS: McLellan moved Leon Draisaitl to centre with Drake Caggiula and Kassian and replaced him on the first line with Anton Slepyshev San Joses Logan Couture, his face still a mess of wire and plastic to fix the damage after being hit with a shot, ditched the full cage in favour of the visor to improve his vision. But they couldn't quite finish on a handful of good looks and it was scoreless after 20. Who knows how much money the video review system cost him in this contract year, but he's probably earned a fair chunk of that back with his game 2 performance.
They're better than that, and if he gets a chance to remind them in public, he obviously will.
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Sunderland remain on the brink of relegation despite salvaging a 2-2 draw against West Ham at the Stadium of Light. But substitute Peter Crouch's header and Xherdan Shaqiri's 30-yard rocket steered the Potters to all three points.
"Guys might have been nervous the first game", the second-year star said. He was right on the edge, but stayed on the right side of the rule book. Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot (33) lays out to stop a shot next to San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl, top, and Oilers' Mark Letestu (55) during the second period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series. San Jose is 47-30-7 overall and 26-11-4 at home. "We just gotta find a way to get in there and bury a few".
Let's go with the same group as Friday. They're playing him high and taking away the middle of the ice for those shots.
Since the playoffs began, Edmonton is emerging not just as a team of the future - but a team that can win now.
Clear top four as established all year has continued to play the heavy minutes against top comp. Jones play has also been confounding - he's generally played solid for the greater part of the series, but the goals he has surrendered have nearly all been ones in which he would have like to have had back - his five hole become increasingly suspect.
Edmonton weathered a spirited start by the Sharks fueled in part by the return of Joe Thornton from a knee injury, then the Oilers took control and capitalized on a costly turnover to take the lead. With a little luck and some smart play, the Oilers can take advantage of a team with their priorities out of order. The line of Milan Lucic, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Jordan Eberle remained intact.
Pavelski also finished with one shot. It's a major key to success. "I think he's a goalie that we can get to if we can get an extra look or two, and get one early".