McDavid, Kassian score short-handed, Oilers beat Sharks 2-0

The young Edmonton Oilers proved to be quick learners, scoring twice shorthanded to beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0 in Game 2 of their first-round series on Friday. Martin came from the back side and tapped in the tying goal. "I am happy to get a game under my belt". It was a half-breakaway.

San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer says he won't be taking a wrecking ball to a power play that has gone from lacklustre to downright liability in the National Hockey League playoffs.

Milan Lucic and Oscar Klefbom scored for the Oilers.

"We did a good job of it last night". They were almost 12 per cent below the league average in the percentage of loose pucks recovered in their defensive zone, a brutal performance. "They played well tonight".

"Now we know that when we get a lead we can lock it down and we know what it takes to play that way", said Talbot, who was named second star behind Kassian, who was a one-man wrecking crew in this one. Another injured forward could return Friday in Joe Thornton, who sat out the last three regular-season contests as well as the series opener due to a knee issue. San Jose got good news with the return of Logan Couture to the line-up, while veteran Joe Thornton Saturday. He missed seven games after having his mouth and teeth smashed by a deflected puck.

The series shifts to San Jose for games three and four on Sunday and Tuesday, with both games beginning at 7 p.m. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays.

"That first game there might have been a little bit of nerves there", said McDavid. They would be a handful even if they were facing a red-hot, healthy team. Kassian was called for roughing at the 13:04 mark of the first period and Maroon was given an elbowing penalty 7:02 into the second period. The Sharks' window to win a Stanley Cup, meanwhile, might be closing as this veteran bunch lost last year's Finals in six games to Pittsburgh. After killing off two penalties, the Oilers went on a power play and made the Sharks pay.

Letestu promptly passed it to a streaking Kassian, who barreled in alone and fired a wrist shot low past the blocker of goalie Martin Jones.

Then again, the Stanley Cup playoffs always provide a new atmosphere: full crowds, full beards and endless levels of enthusiasm. Unlike the team that waddled through March and raised a ton of doubt about their playoff future, San Jose got on its horse and galloped bravely, controlling the sway of the game for the final 45 minutes and not relenting until Melker Karlsson screamed down the off wing and buried an overtime victor past Cam Talbot at 3:22 of overtime. They produced just four shots in the third period, and 16 during the duration of the game. San Jose fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime. "For us, it's tough to get some flow. You lose momentum by doing that", said Eberle.

"We got so close", said Elaine Nacht of Campbell. It just happens that games 83 to 90, we're going to play the same team. "We're just really stoked to be here, part of this playoff run". With Leon Draisaitl riding shotgun, McDavid has helped Edmonton back to the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade and he's not alone. Please support our efforts.