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Kassian scores, Talbot shuts door as Oilers win game three

20 April 2017

"That's the fun part, is earning it and going through that", Burns said on Monday. San Jose wasn't good enough in any situation of Game 2 on Friday, but an 0-for-6 showing on the power play - in addition to surrendering two shorthanded goals - in a 2-0 loss had to bother Thornton to the core. They've been very fortunate to have Cam Talbot turn aside almost everything, and they'll need to help him out by getting a couple goals of their own. Logan Couture's been targeted for physicality his whole life being the player he is.

Draisaitl started the game at wing on a line with McDavid, but Edmonton coach Todd McLellan adjusted his lines in the second period, moving Draisaitl to centre on Kassian's line.

"He has a lot of courage", DeBoer said of Couture's effort. "We know what it takes to play that way", said goalie Cam Talbot. "To get it early tonight and get that feeling was critical".

"We're trying to be the smarter team", said Sharks defenceman Brenden Dillon. "They don't get two games winning 7-0".

Sharks coach Pete DeBoer juggled his lines for the game, moving Marleau to the top line with Pavelski and Joe Thornton. Either way, I'm siding with the Edmonton Oilers simply because they've lost just one home game over the last month and the Sharks aren't exactly the most turstworthy team on the road.

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Right now San Jose needs to find something to jump start its offense. Oilers winger Leon Draisaitl was replaced on the top line in the second period by Anton Slepyshev. Sure, there is shock value in a 7-0 thrashing, and the Oilers played for quite awhile as if they were in shock. Instead, Sharks continued to dictate. Thornton missed the last three games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoff series with the Oilers.

"Early on we had some pep", Thornton said.

"We're not playing against a team that has just appeared in the playoffs".

"We had a bad night, obviously. Hopefully it responds good and I'll be able to play tonight". "I thought we had a sense that there was no chance that we're not coming out of this game without a win".

ABOUT THE OILERS: Edmonton finally displayed some discipline in Game 3, taking only two penalties after being whistled for six in each of the first two contests. Despite getting whacked by a high stick and requiring a between-periods visit to the dentist to get his teeth numbed, he was a force. "I don't know if there was really any time to let frustration settle in", said Pavelski.

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Later in the game, defenseman Kris Russell shoved him toward the end boards, face first.

McLellan said he'll continue to send McDavid over the boards if they're down a man.

There is no such thing as momentum to be had outside the sealed unit that is each game in a National Hockey League playoff series.

His teammates, of course, can say the same as a collective group.

Facing elimination, the Blue Jackets got a 3 goal lead, then nearly blew it, but hung on to win 5-4 and force a Game 5 in Pittsburgh Thursday.

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The Sharks established a new franchise mark with the seven-goal differential. "It was nice to score some goals".

Kassian scores, Talbot shuts door as Oilers win game three