As good as Connor McDavid is, and my word is he good, the Oilers will need secondary scoring to keep opponents honest.
The NHL playoff game between the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers will be broadcast on NBCSN and Sportsnet in Canada.
Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks rebounded from back-to-back shutouts in emphatic fashion, beating the Edmonton Oilers 7-0 on Tuesday night to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. San Jose has not scored since Melker Karlsson's overtime victor in the opener.
Since the playoffs began, Edmonton is emerging not just as a team of the future - but a team that can win now. Once that first puck went in, a bag of goals followed.
Oiler Leon Draisaitl was given a five-minute major for spearing Chris Tierney at 13:44 of the second period.
Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves and Rick Nash scored the deciding goal in the second period, as the New York Rangers defeated Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in Game 4 of their first-round series. He hadn't scored any game-winners since March 9, 2015, while with the Vancouver Canucks.
"It's already forgotten in my mind", Talbot said. It's like the regular season where you go through spurts where you don't get a lot of chances and last game I had some chances but sometimes they don't go in.
The talk entering the game focused on the lack of production from the Sharks' most talented players. Talbot stopped 19 of the 24 shots he faced.
Scheetz says there were roughly 1,000 Oilers fans at the SAP Centre on Sunday night, and he expects a similar turnout Tuesday night.
The Sharks set the tone with a franchise-record 1-0 goal just 15 seconds in, with Joe Pavelski ending Cam Talbot's shutout streak at 120:15.
Luckily this team has a veteran coach who can give Edmonton players what the need - a short memory.
Then a power play that had been worse than worthless in the first three games (scoring once in 14 chances while giving up two shorthanded goals) joined the fight at 11:02 on Couture's first of the series.
"We've got to just get back at it", DeBoer said Saturday in a conference call. "I would do it all over again if it means what we have right now". Though not a workhorse effort, he has yet to cave to the exertion of playing 73 regular season games. However, in the last 22 games, including the postseason, Burns has only two goals and seven assists - with three of those points coming in one game.
Couture centered the second line with Joonas Donskoi and Jannik Hansen, and Tomas Hertl played in the middle on the third line with Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier. He simply wanted to change the matchup dynamic, and it appeared to pay dividends.
Couture, who led the National Hockey League in playoff scoring a year ago, missed the final seven games of the regular season and hadn't been at his usual form to start this series.
"We've been saying we have confidence in it", Joe Thornton said.
The Sharks coach shuffled up his top three lines in Game 4, striking the right note up and down the lineup. "They're experienced. There's never any panic on their behalf". "This isn't going to be a short series", he said after the loss.
That would perhaps allow them to generate some momentum for Game 5.
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