Zack Kassian scored the only goal and Cam Talbot made 23 saves for his second straight shutout as Edmonton downed the San Jose Sharks 1-0 on Sunday in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarter-final series. The Edmonton Oilers are a young team finding themselves in the playoffs for the first time in a decade, riding the hopes of their frenzied fanbase on their shoulders for a pivotal game that will put the victor within a win of advancing to the next round. Certainly Talbot does not bear sole responsibility for the loss because he had no appreciable defensive help.
Cam Talbot was pulled after allowing five goals on 24 shots and the frustration boiled over for the Oilers with Leon Draisaitl drawing a game misconduct for spearing Chris Tierney.
The game started with a fast pace and much more physical play from the Sharks than they showed in Edmonton. Brossoit gave up two goals on eight shots.
"We've got to find a way with the group we do have".
"We didn't start the way we wanted to and gave up a goal right away", Talbot said. This marked the first time San Jose has been shut out in consecutive playoff games since Dallas did it in a second-round series.
Numerous same fans who took in Game 3 on Sunday, and maybe some new arrivals, will be at the SAP Center, hoping for another road win and a stranglehold on the series.
The Rangers evened the best-of-seven series at 2-2, with Game 5 also on Thursday night in Montreal. 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.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Connor McDavid carried the Edmonton Oilers back to the playoffs after a decade-long drought.
"You can't say enough about him right now", Talbot said.
The first of four San Jose successful power plays completed the scoring for the first period. "That's not our team, that's not our game".
Game 3 is Sunday night in San Jose. Enter Kassian, who's quickly gaining folk hero status after scoring the game-winning goals in a 2-0 victory in Game 2 on Friday and a 1-0 win in Sunday's Game 3. The capacity crowd in San Jose shook the SAP Center at levels usually reserved for Sharks teams of the mid-2000s.
Talbot departed at that point, but Pavelski's power play goal at 16:46 on Laurent Broissoit - on another patented deflection by the captain - upped the lead to 6-0 at the second intermission. "It's an intimidating building to play in and it is even more when we have a lead early".
"We had a power-play goal in the first game".
"I went back to get the puck and bypass a few guys", Schlemko said.
"That's how you really get revenge or payback", said Couture.
After being outshot 13-6 in the first period, the Oilers controlled the play in the second, with the Sharks struggling to keep up with McDavid's speed.
Thornton returned to play on the top power play unit, but the Sharks' problems persisted as they wee unable to set up in the Oilers' zone for any significant amount of time.
"They play like they always play", said Oilers coach Todd McClellan.
Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski each scored twice, while Joe Thornton, back for his second game of the series, added his first assist. C Micheal Haley, RW Kevin Labanc, D Dylan DeMelo and LW Mikkel Boedker were San Jose's healthy scratches.