Oilers defence stepping up in Sharks series

Hopefully we learned some lessons.

The Edmonton Oilers have now put themselves on the hot seat to learn now or learn later. "It doesn't matter if it's 1-0 or 7-0, the series is 2-2 and now we're heading home to play in front of our fans". We haven't been like that all year so I think it was a one-off. "And think about some of the things they need to do better".

When a reporter suggested to Todd McLellan that the Sharks offense, "woke up a little bit", in Game 4, the Oilers head coach cut him off.

There wouldn't be 'Orange Crushed!' headlines. Now they can't hide from it, and it's not going to sneak up on them.

On Sunday night in San Jose there was no letdown. But if the inexperienced Oilers handle it right, it was another night in the classroom of their Stanley Cup education.

After being shut out in Games 2 and 3, the Sharks wasted no time getting to Talbot in Game 4, with Pavelski's goal 15 seconds after the opening faceoff. There have been only eight goals between the two teams in the first three games of the series.

The Sharks kept McDavid, who entered the series with a 14-game point streak, off the board for a second-consecutive game Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Dell, Boedker, DeMelo, Labanc, and Haley stayed on the ice after all other skates had left, which indicates they will be scratched for tonight's game.

They reminded them with a humiliating slap in the face Tuesday night at the Shark Tank, whipping the Oilers for fun in a 7-0 Game 4 beat down that evened the best-of-seven series 2-2 and shook the upstart Oilers to their core. Leon Draisaitl took a stick to Chris Tierney's unmentionables and received a five minute major and a game misconduct as a present to newly installed backup netminder Laurent Brossoit, who promptly allowed another masterful tip in goal by Captain America, Joe Pavelski, to keep the route on and move the score to 6-0. They have never been blanked in three straight games but have dropped three straight Game 4s.

McDavid hasn't gone three games without a point in his National Hockey League career.

San Jose struck for a pair of goals midway through the second. Zack Kassian leads Edmonton with two goals, Mark Letestu has two assists and Milan Lucic has three shots on goal.

The goals came early and often and not one counted for the Oilers leaving fans venting a humiliating 7-0 loss on social media. "We've still got another level to go to next game", said Thornton, tied for fifth among active players in playoff scoring with 121 points (27 goals, 94 assists).

Nugent-Hopkins has a 0-0-0 stat line as well.

Earlier, Connor McDavid was called for interference for hogtying Pavelski, an infraction that led to a goal by Patrick Marleau.

"They're learning a lot".

"They're both quality goaltenders, they're at the top of their game right now and that's a big part of it", McLellan said.

Logan Couture was back in the Sharks' lineup for the series opener after missing the final seven regular-season games with a facial injury and Joe Thornton returned for Game 3 after sitting out a total of five contests with a knee ailment, but neither has recorded a point in the matchup.