Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

Friday, 14 Apr, 2017

At 1:43 of the second, Joel Ward cut the lead in the half on a San Jose man-advantage, banging home a nifty backhanded pass from Donskoi.

Game 2 goes Friday in Edmonton.

Since Edmonton won the draft lottery in 2015 and selected the Toronto native No. 1, McDavid has been at the center of the organization's turnaround, leading the Oilers to their first playoff appearance since 2006.

On the scoreboard, no two penalties were more impactful than Caggiula's hook and Patrick Maroon's freakish holding the stick minor, which came when he decided it best to sit on Marc-Edouard Vlasic's stick, leading to a battle that saw both players heading for the box.

McDavid passed the puck to Mark Letestu, who rifled it off Jones' pad right to Lucic. They've built up a tremendous amount of character and resilience during that run and put it to use in dominating the second and third periods.

The teams were headed in opposite directions coming into the playoffs. Their powerplay may come to bite them in the back this series.

That speaks to shift length, which the Oilers harped on at some length Thursday and pledged to address because you can't play exhausted against San Jose and expect anything but a loss.

According to Curtis Rush of The Wall Street Journal, only three Stanley Cup champions going back to 1990 played their final 10 games of the regular season under.500 That's good news for Edmonton. We (the Oilers) continued on with our road trip.

Milan Lucic scored at 17:07 and just like that Edmonton was up 2-0 at the first intermission and looked great doing it.

Couture is the team's top two-way center who would be counted on, if healthy, to match up with National Hockey League scoring leader Connor McDavid in this series. Along the way, they beat the Sharks in six games, the only time the teams have met in the playoffs. He finished first among defensemen in goals and points, first among all players in shots and was ninth among all in points.

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"That's the main thing, was playing the first game, and fortunately, we were able to win it", Couture said.

Lucic said he planned to play his usual hard-hitting brand of hockey Wednesday.

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer had a different assessment of Couture's play.

"You put a risky power play like them out there, and obviously they're going to get chances and create momentum", Eberle said. "I've been gone now for two seasons", he said.

The Sharks will need to have the same presence of mind to have any chance of slowing the lightning-quick McDavid and getting past the Oilers and into second round.

"We've got to let this one go", said Talbot.

The Sharks had success slowing down big scorers like Tyler Toffoli, Filip Forsberg and Vladimir Tarasenko on their run through the Western Conference last spring. "You lose momentum that way". "We've seen that before". "You want to be out there competing with the guys, but we're hoping to be in [the playoffs] for a long, long time, so if I can get a couple of days here and there that can help me out long term, it's going to be good for us, I think". "We know we have some depth if we keep rolling it".

Thornton was injured at the Vancouver Canucks on April 2 and missed the final three games of the regular season. He has 15 points and 19 penalty minutes in 19 career games against the Sharks.

"Other than that, you've just got to play those guys hard".