Sharks Come Alive To Even Up Playoff Series

The Sharks captain redirected a Brent Burns shot for a goal 15 seconds into San Jose's Game 4 against the Oilers in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Sharks kept the pressure on Edmonton's penalty killers for one minute before Couture made it 2-0 by timing a snapshot from the right circle past Talbot off a Pavelski pass.

Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier gave Sharks fans a glimpse into the future, forming a power duo alongside Melker Karlsson on the third line, while Couture, Jannik Hansen and Joel Ward served as DeBoer's shutdown combination. Western Conference. The Oilers are 19-7 in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest, 10-1 in their last 11 home games and 14-4 in their last 18 overall.

But DeBoer said Couture's struggles are unrelated to the physicality the Oilers are throwing his way. The momentum right off the bat was real important. For San Jose, at least - the Oilers got trampled under the hooves. "To get it early tonight and get that feeling was critical".

"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).

Men vs. boys. They are gaining some painful experience, which can be useful.

Joe Pavalski, Brett Burns, Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau and Jumbo Joe Thornton had the combined total of one point in the first three games. The Sharks will need to pepper him with shots in Game 4 to get him to work more than they have in the past two games. "I was able to score that one on the power play".

"It was a bad day, a bad night for the Oilers", said Connolly, the host of Edmonton AM.

The Sharks' goal drought ended quickly. Instead, Sharks continued to dictate. He missed the final three games of the regular season and the first two playoff games after injuring his knee at Vancouver on April 2.

We'd say that's a pretty good return on the investment. "It's just a matter of time before we strike". "It means nothing now going on to the next game - 1-0 or 7-0 - it's just another game and you keep moving forward". Take Game 1 away, I think we've been the better team in those (other) two.

Question: My wife and I are always fighting and we can see that it is hurting the kids.

"Our power play in our second game mimicked our 5-on-5 play: we weren't hungry enough (and) we got outworked in a lot of areas". Despite getting whacked by a high stick and requiring a between-periods visit to the dentist to get his teeth numbed, he was a force. "I've had some time to let it go already". "It felt like a completely different game".

The series now shifts back to Edmonton for a pivotal Game 5 on Oilers ice.

"You know, during the decade of darkness, you have your head hung low and you're wondering when is this going to end." said Downton. After trading goals in the 1st, Rick Nash scored on a Montreal giveaway in the 2nd and that stood up as the victor. This marked the first time San Jose has been shut out in consecutive playoff games since Dallas did it in a second-round series. We didn't get too nervous.