Good chance Thornton plays Game 3

Alas, San Jose's ageing distributor is hurt, and without Thornton San Jose has had issues with making the Oilers pay, in fact surrendering two short-handed goals in that 2-0 loss in Game 2. Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan, top center, huddles with his team during a break in action during the second period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the San Jose Sharks Tuesday, Apri.

The Sharks, who haven't scored since Melker Karlsson's overtime victor in Game 1, managed only one shot in the final 1:47 with Jones pulled for an extra attacker.

San Jose prepared for Oilers star Connor McDavid. Now that they're in the postseason, it's Zack Kassian and Cam Talbot doing the heavy lifting.

After scoring back-to-back shutouts in games two and three of the first round of the playoffs, Cam Talbot got the hook 13 minutes into the second period when he gave up five goals in a 7-0 loss to the Sharks.

"(Experience is) only good if you use it in the right way", Marleau said. "He's playing at a new level". "I thought we had a sense that there was no chance that we're not coming out of this game without a win".

"Yeah, we're going to have to score some goals".

DISCIPLINE: The Oilers were much better at staying out of the box on Sunday and that will need to continue moving into Tuesday's game.

Thornton was the first player on the ice Sunday morning as the Sharks held an optional skate at their practice facility. The Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. The fast goal by Pavelski and Couture's first of the game staked them to a 2-0 lead by the first intermission, and it just grew from there. Neither shot, however, got past Jones. "Hopefully it responds good and I'll be able to play tonight". San Jose has not scored since Melker Karlsson's overtime victor in the opener. Pavelski, Couture, Marleau and Brent Burns combined for only one point in the first three games. We didn't in the second game. He found out the city's mayor had a birthday on Sunday, so they chose to help him celebrate. "This told us we're right there".

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.

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"We've been saying we have confidence in it", Joe Thornton said. "We had our chances".

Draisaitl has one shot on goal. "We'll keep trying, keep looking and keep fighting", Pavelski said. "Big saves, timely saves, especially early on when they had all their momentum, he was great for us". Following a two-minute hooking penalty to Edmonton defenseman Kris Russell, the Sharks dictated pace and eventually netted another first period goal. Instead, DeBoer sees the alternate captain's sluggish play as a product of missing the final seven games of the regular season after he took a puck to the mouth on March 25. Oilers winger Leon Draisaitl was replaced on the top line in the second period by Anton Slepyshev.

San Jose needed overtime to win Game 1, and DeBoer said neither team will advance to the second round quickly. F Mikkel Boekder was scratched to make room for Thornton.