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Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

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Ryan Harding

"It's tough to do that when you get caught and you're out there for a while and burning energy".

After snapping its 11-year playoff drought this season, Edmonton is well-equipped to end its 27-year Stanley Cup drought, too. Thornton, who suffered a knee injury in early April against Vancouver, hopes to play through the injury as he did in the 2011 Western Conference Finals, when he had a separated shoulder.

Kassian lead the charge, destroying San Jose players at every opportunity. He missed seven games after having his mouth and teeth smashed by a deflected puck.

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

Game 2 against San Jose is in Edmonton on Friday.

The Orange Crush Road Game Watch Party is scheduled for Sunday, April 16 at 8 p.m., reserved seating is $5, and proceeds will benefit the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

"Doesn't matter where we were in March", said DeBoer before he walked off the podium.

The Sharks didn't waste time in overtime, with a wide open Melker Karlsson catching a cross ice pass from Captain Joe Pavelski to bury the victor and silence the raucous "Orange Crush" in Edmonton, leaving a stunned arena of fans sure that their heavily favored team would dominate a depleted Sharks roster. "They've made it a pretty special place to play a playoff game in for either team". He took a pass from Mark Letestu and sped away on a shorthanded breakaway before flicking a shot past Martin Jones. The teams each had 10 shots in the first period, but San Jose outshot Edmonton 28-7 through the next 40 minutes heading into overtime. Kassian scored 42 seconds into the second when Sharks forward Joe Pavelski lost control of the puck at the Oilers blue line. Joonas Donskoi came around behind the net and fed the puck in front on the backhand to Ward, who redirected the puck past Talbot. Rogers Place erupted when Oscar Klefbom, a defenceman who sat out nearly two-thirds of last season after contracting a staph infection, whistled a wrist shot past Martin Jones 6 minutes and 44 seconds into the game.

The Sharks had more than three power plays just three times in their final 14 games of the season.

It was a reversal of Game 1, when the Oilers were outshot 44-19 en route to a 3-2 overtime loss.

But all that time in the penalty box took a toll, according to Eberle.

One thing that will be key for the Oilers in game two is staying out of the penalty box.

"It was fantastic. The crowd, you could really feel the energy", Meier said of Game 1. "Definitely want to beat these guys so we can spend a little more time in California".

Game 2 is Friday in Edmonton, and Talbot said the Oilers' resiliency will now be tested.

"We've played long stretches of real good hockey this year", he said. "I think this year we are going to get even closer and get it".

Despite the Sharks' slide down the standings in the spring, DeBoer spoke about the fact that, for much of the season, his team was at the top of the division. We have a deep team.

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