But the Sharks reminded them anyway.
Edmonton played neither well nor smart, and lost its composure more and more as the wheels came off. Draisaitl was ejected with the Oilers trailing 5-0 in the second period after spearing Chris Tierney between the legs.
The Oilers suffered their worst loss in franchise history since May of 1992. C Micheal Haley, RW Kevin Labanc, D Dylan DeMelo and LW Mikkel Boedker were San Jose's healthy scratches. It was 5-0 by the midway mark. The Preds have done a hell of a job shutting the Blackhawks down, with the Hawks scoring for the 1st time in Game 3 only to blow a 2 goal lead and lose in OT. The teams biggest stars shine brightest in series in which they had otherwise been invisible; Brent Burns tallied 3 assists while Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each netted 2 goals respectively, with Patrick Marleau, rookie Marcus Sorenson, and defenseman David Schlemko each adding a goal of their own.
Edmonton's best guys were not quite on that level.
After head coach Todd McLellan preached and preached about the modus operandi of the team he used to coach of jumping all over you the first 10 minutes, the Oilers allowed the winning goal 15 seconds into the game and were down 2-0 by 11:02.
The Sharks insist this wasn't because their backs were against the wall at home.
McLellan said he hoped his players would chew and stew about what happened for a bit on Wednesday and be ready to go again against the Sharks at home on Thursday. While Kassian has been an unexpected surprise, Talbot might be the Oilers' most valuable player in this series. Over the last two games, Talbot has saved 39 shots.
Since the playoffs began, Edmonton is emerging not just as a team of the future - but a team that can win now. All of his points came with the Sharks on the power play, which came alive after going 1 for 14 through the first three games of the series and finally made the Oilers pay for repeated trips to the penalty box.
They got more, alright. They'll rely on that. Maybe they would make the playoffs for the first time since 2006, maybe not.
"We'll keep trying, keep looking and keep fighting", Pavelski said. In fact, WE'RE that team. Joe Pavelski made a deft tip of a Justin Braun point shot to make it 1-0 just 15 seconds into the game.
The onslaught started early for the Sharks.
Logan Couture, with a partial set of teeth held together by wires and plastic coating, scored his first two goals since a deflected puck caught him in the mouth on March 25.
And it was off to the races.
"I don't know if it's sunk in, but I'm sure throughout the day it will", said Kyla Lane who attended Tuesday's game in San Jose.
"The games have been close".
One thing that's also clear is that the young guns of the Oilers, namely Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl don't seem to be handling the way stars get treated by their opponents in the playoffs.
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.
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