Tomas Hertl: Tomas Hertl and Sharks blanked by Oilers

Tomas Hertl: Tomas Hertl and Sharks blanked by Oilers

It was a half-breakaway.

"We really locked it down once we got that first goal".

"It's a pretty special place and a wonderful environment come playoff time in Edmonton", said Wayne Gretzky.

Joel Ward and Paul Martin replied for San Jose in regulation time.

Allen had a season-high 51 saves and Vladimir Sobotka scored in regulation for the Blues, giving them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. McDavid was for the most part held in check by the Sharks.

The Edmonton Oilers need a victory here to tie the series up before heading to the SAP Center. "They had the puck all night".

But the physical play also made the Oilers have to kill more penalties than they wanted. They were not only outplayed but struggled to even get pressure on. The remaining 43 minutes of the first game, however, didn't go their way.

Thornton appears to be making progress from a left knee injury he suffered on April 2, but he remained out of the lineup Friday with still no clear idea on when he'll return. Unlike the team that waddled through March and raised a ton of doubt about their playoff future, San Jose got on its horse and galloped bravely, controlling the sway of the game for the final 45 minutes and not relenting until Melker Karlsson screamed down the off wing and buried an overtime victor past Cam Talbot at 3:22 of overtime.

However, the team said it heard overwhelming demand from fans and this is another option for anyone who didn't score playoff tickets.

The more worrying problem for the Oilers in game one was how badly the Sharks dominated puck battles. "If we don't come out clean, and come through the neutral zone with good puck support and a little bit of tempo, we're not going to get the shots". "When we finally got fresh guys out it was just a dump-it-out situation and they were coming right back at us".

"From the second period on, we had control of that game".

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"(But) you're not going to win killing 12 minutes a night no matter how good your penalty kill is.

Oscar Klefbom scored the Oilers first playoff goal since June 17, 2006, when his centring pass deflected in off Sharks defenceman David Schlemko. Martin Jones has given up 152 goals on 1,725 shots faced and Aaron Dell has allowed 37 goals on 533 shots. He took a long run at Brenden Dillon in the first period and steamrollered Logan Couture in the second.

When they last met, the Sharks were outshooting Edmonton 32-9 over the final 40 minutes and overtime in Game 1. Kassian scored early in the second period and McDavid doubled the lead midway through the third period. Winger Joonas Donskoi came around behind the net and fed the puck in front on the backhand to Ward, who then redirected the puck past Talbot.

"The only word that comes to mind about the San Jose Sharks the last two months is hibernation", said former Shark Bret Hedican on NBC Sports after the game.

"We've got to stay out of the box".

"You guys keep talking about experience", DeBoer said.

Jones set aside 34 of 36 shots, but was handed a 2-0 road loss to the Oilers on Friday, knotting the series at one game apiece.

Couture said Oilers coach Todd McLellan "and that staff over there, they know what they're doing, and we're going to have to be better as well to beat them tomorrow night".

"But in that sense for us ... you don't go out of your way to hurt anyone, but you definitely want to let them know that you're there".

They lost nine of 13 games to finish the regular season and fell to third place in the Pacific Division. "We're going to have to continue that in the playoffs". Please support our efforts.

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