After blowing a 2-0 lead in Game 1, the Oilers bounced back in a big way in Game 2.
Kassian, who took a wrecking ball to the Sharks in Game 2 on Friday night, continued to be a nuisance.
"We have played well here, but it is a different animal in the playoffs", Connor McDavid said after the morning skate. Obviously, Edmonton Oilers fans are great.
While Eberle is a goal-scorer first, the Oilers are going to need him to continue playing hard at both ends of the rink. That's a fun experience to be a part of. We didn't in the second game. Now, it's his turn to play, and he will look to bring more to Game 2. "The crowd was going to be a factor tonight".
On Saturday night, the Edmonton Oilers won their first playoff game since June 17, 2006 - a stretch of futility that lasted 3,954 days.
Thornton's 7 goals during the regular season are tied for the second-fewest of his career, still having appeared in 79 games as a 37-year-old.
"We want to get that fixed", DeBoer said. Kassian also had the game-winning goal, a short-handed strike, in Game 2. "We have another level to go to the next game".
Now you won't need a lot of analysis of metric parsing to understand why that is not good for the local shinnyists, but in a series that has not been dominated or even controlled by the best players on either team, Edmonton's youth and initiative is beginning to show its superior mettle.
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All ambiguity on Thornton's has been removed, and he will immediately resume centering the No. 1 line for San Jose.
Kassian opened the scoring with 9:15 left in the third. "We really locked it down once we got that first goal".
"I don't even think we led for more than five minutes in that whole series". David Schlemko committed a costly turnover in front of the net to give Zack Kassian the easy goal for the Oilers.
Letestu promptly passed it to a streaking Kassian, who barreled in alone and fired a wrist shot low past Jones' blocker.
Talbot made a right-pad save on rookie forward Timo Meier's wrist shot through traffic from above the right circle with 3:10 remaining. Over the course of sixty minute game, that's 96 hits.
"We didn't generate enough Grade A chances". "One shot, one bounce, one break. Obviously he's scoring big goals, but he's doing a lot of other things during the game". "Those are all pretty good qualities for a penalty killer". F Mikkel Boekder was scratched to make room for Thornton.
NOTES: Edmonton last had back-to-back playoff shutouts in the final two games of a first-round series against Colorado in 1998. That's the second-worst start in any Sharks' postseason series since 2000 when they scored only two goals in the first three games of a second-round series against the Dallas Stars.