Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Good chance Thornton plays Game 3

Good chance Thornton plays Game 3

The Edmonton Oilers have 48 hours to get their game back on track after a 7-0 shellacking Tuesday night by the San Jose Sharks knotted their first round Stanley Cup playoff series at two games apiece. Thornton missed the last three games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoff series with the Oilers.

If the first three games of the series (3-2, 2-0 and 1-0) were a coin toss, this was taking a roll of Loonies, putting it in a sock and beating Edmonton senseless with it. The Oilers carried more of the play and outshot the Sharks 12-4. "Gutsy effort by him".

"Can't say enough good things about the guys in front of me the last couple of games", Talbot said Monday after a practice in preparation for Tuesday night's Game 4. San Jose was extremely physical in Game 3, registering 58 hits - including 32 in the first period, which was five shy of Edmonton's total for the entire contest. "Take the game tape and throw it away". He almost created two goals on one shift, but no teammate was able to get to his wraparound attempt and then Jones stopped him on a one-timer.

The Oilers showed their frustration at the 13:44 mark of the second period.

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer juggled his lines in search of any kind of offensive spark, moving Marleau up to the top line with Joe Thornton and Pavelski among other changes. The pivotal Game 5 is Thursday in Edmonton, and the series is guaranteed to return to the South Bay for Game 6 on Saturday.

"It was pretty obvious it was something that needed to happen", McLellan said.

TSN's Darren Dreger spoke with a member of the San Jose ice crew who said he routinely turns the lights on when visiting teams want to practice early.

The Edmonton Oilers scored half as many goals on Sunday as they did on Friday and they still emerged victorious against Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks.

San Jose saw its series' struggles on the power play continue with a shot-less advantage after Edmonton's Drake Caggiula boarded Karlsson six minutes into the session. "Big saves, timely saves, especially early on when they had all their momentum, he was great for us".

"The outside noise occurred one, because Taylor Hall's a tremendous hockey player", McLellan said, "and two, not many people knew a lot about Larsson".

Two scoreless period of play led to a Zack Kassian goal by the Oilers in the third period.

Logan Couture, fourth on the team with 25 goals, also hasn't had a point after leading all players with 20 assists and 30 points in the postseason a year ago when San Jose reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. Now, there is no shame in losing to a team such as San Jose.

It's not the only stunt Scheetz has pulled in his short trip to San Jose. NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice opened the dressing room to lead the Sharks on the ice to start the game.

"The message to start the season was get better as the season goes on", right wingrt Jordan Eberle told the Edmonton Sun. F Mikkel Boedker was a healthy scratch after appearing in the first two games of the series.

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