Thornton returns to lineup, but Oilers take 2-1 series lead

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

Thornton returns to lineup, but Oilers take 2-1 series lead

There is little doubt that, to some degree, the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers are two ships passing in the night.

The Oilers have won 14 of 17 games, including four of five from San Jose. "He has been tremendous for us".

Cam Talbot stopped all 16 shots he faced for his first career playoff shutout and Edmonton's first postseason win since 2006. "You can't overreact to that", DeBoer said. "He's getting rewarded, it's good to see".

Kassian intercepted a weak clearing attempt by Sharks defenceman Dave Schlemko, then slid a backhand shot past goalie Martin Jones to break a scoreless tie at 10:45 of the third period.

"It's cool, but we all know there is a lot of hockey still to be played", Kassian said.

On Sunday, there were a few games within the game and McLellan was ready to manage. It's a tough bounce.

It was the second straight game that Kassian found the scoresheet, including a shorthanded goal in Edmonton's Game 2 win on Friday. In NHL history, when teams are tied 1-1 in a series, the victor of Game 3 wins the series 67.6 percent of the time (202-97 record). "That line's been playing well, and he's been skating well and he's gotten rewarded". Talbot has done his part, stopping every last one of of those shots, but he has been strongly supported by an excellent team effort and many strong individual performances.

"Settle in", said Sharks coach Pete DeBoer. "And it went over so well we said let's carry it over to our first year here and it just kept growing and growing".

It took the hosts almost eight minutes to record their first shot, but once they got into the flow, the Sharks enjoyed the better of a scoreless opening period. All proceeds go to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

The Sharks pulled Jones with 1:47 left.

"As a group we wanted to have a good bounce-back game", Kassian said.

"We need to take more pucks to the net", Sharks center Chris Tierney said. "But at the end of the day, we had enough looks 5 on 5 that it shouldn't have been an area that decided the game, and I don't think it was". Their first power play chance was cut short after Joel Ward was called for tripping in the second period, and the second came and went with barely a peep. They gave San Jose twelve power plays in the first two games, but only two tonight.

"We'll have to get better", he told reporters on Sunday before he left the podium. The power play is not where it needs to be.

We'd say that's a pretty solid return on their investment. Thornton had two shots and contributed with just over sixteen minutes of ice time.

Mikkel Boedker was scratched to make room for Thornton.

Edmonton's orange-crush crowd flooded Rogers Place on Sunday to take in a game played more than 2,500 kilometres away. Center Logan Couture, who lost a tooth when a deflected puck hit his face March 25 in Nashville, was no longer sporting a full face shield, but he still isn't his old self. C Micheal Haley, RW Kevin Labanc and D Dylan DeMelo joined Boedker as San Jose's healthy scratches.

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