If the Sharks can pick up a win Thursday night, San Jose will have an opportunity to close out the series in Game 6 in San Jose Saturday. For San Jose, at least - the Oilers got trampled under the hooves.
The Sharks chances of advancing past the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs always depended on the health of Thornton and Logan Couture.
The Sharks have rebounded from back-to-back shutouts in emphatic fashion to beat the Edmonton Oilers 7-0 in San Jose to tie their National Hockey League first-round playoff series at 2-2. "We've just got to get back at it". "Everyone was ready. We've been there. there weren't really any lapses in our game".
STEADY HAND ON D: The Oilers have been so successful the last two games because they haven't given the Sharks much to work with.
"They're both quality goaltenders, they're at the top of their game right now and that's a big part of it", McLellan said.
"We know we need to win this one going into the next game on the road", center Chris Tierney said.
"I like playing on the kill, especially in these games when we keep taking a lot (of penalties)". Martin Jones has given up five goals on 100 shots faced.
Talbot had given up only three goals in 83 shots entering the game and was pulled after giving up five in 24 attempts.
The Oilers held their own in a scoreless opening period against a Sharks team determined to show their lacklustre performance in Game 2 was an aberration. "This guy played four rounds of tough playoff hockey past year in the Stanley Cup (playoffs)".
Captain Joe Pavelski disclosed his strategy for Tuesday's game at practice yesterday that it's just about getting inside, winning that one-on-one battle and when you get the chance, stick it in the net.
"Settle in", said Sharks coach Pete DeBoer.
Kris Russell and Matt Benning also signed as free agents, but it was the trade for Larsson that got the most attention from critics who thought the Oilers gave up too much for too little. Even the struggling power play that had scored only once and allowed two short-handed goals in the first three games got into the action. McLellan pushed all the right buttons on Sunday when he moved speedy winger Anton Slepyshev to Connor McDavid's line in the second period and slid Leon Draisaitl down between Drake Caggiula and Zack Kassian. The Sharks have averaged 27.7 shots per game over their first three games of the series, fourth-lowest in the playoffs. He wore a cage to protect his mouth in the first two games before going back to a half-visor for Game 3. Sorensen knocked in a rebound midway through the period and Couture ended Talbot's night with a wrister from the circle.
"On the ice you can see how he buys time for everyone around him", Klefbom said. The next game of the series will be played Tuesday at SAP Center.
David Schlemko added another power play marker 6:45 into the third.
"We've been saying we have confidence in it", Thornton said.
"It was kind of like a goosebumps moment where you're just like, 'Oh my God, ' like this is intense ... we're in the playoffs, like this is actually happening".
And if they don't, you can bet general manager Peter Chiarelli won't be keeping everyone around to learn those lessons.