Thornton returns to lineup for Sharks in Game 3 vs. Oilers

Careful Out There In a series that has featured just one 5-on-5 goal - Klefbom's fluky carom off of David Schlemko that opened the series scoring - the Oilers have been in penalty trouble.

Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks rebounded from back-to-back shutouts in emphatic fashion, beating the Edmonton Oilers 7-0 on Tuesday night to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Through two games, the Sharks are 1 for 12 with the man advantage while allowing two short-handed goals in a Game 2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers Friday night. San Jose continued to apply pressure but couldn't even it up. It was 5-0 by the midway mark.

A lot was made of the Oilers playoff inexperience, with just 342 combined postseason games under their belt coming in compared to well over 1,000 games for the Sharks, the defending Western Conference champions.

"We had a bad night, obviously". "They were going to be a little rusty, and they started a little slow, but you see the games they had tonight and how big of an impact they can make on this team".

"I don't think this would mean almost as much if we hadn't been waiting the 10 years for it, and I think that's why a lot of people made the trip down here". It was a one-off. We didn't in the second game. The Sharks dropped to 1-for-14 in the series with the failure.

McLellan, returning to the city where he coached the Sharks for five seasons, played down any special significance the victory might have had for him. Your top guys get marked pretty hard.

"I think they were the better team tonight and we were the better team the other night".

Since the playoffs began, Edmonton is emerging not just as a team of the future - but a team that can win now. "We have to head home with the confidence we can do it". "But at the end of the day, not a good enough job by everyone".

The Sharks insist this wasn't because their backs were against the wall at home. "Just go through my process and let it go and be ready Thursday".

"That's where we're at and we're expecting some big games out of some people".

"Every playoff game in my mind is a must win", said Couture. "It doesn't change no matter what the series is at". It didn't improve much at home in Game 3 either.

"We've got a big orange sign, we've got flags, we've got insane hair, and so far we've gotten four-and-a-half honks, and we've gotten a few of those gestures that sometimes you get in traffic if you don't behave", said Scheetz. "But it's still 2-2". "You don't get two games for winning 7-0".

When leading a series two games to one, the Oilers have an all-time series record of 16-2. "We got what we probably deserved out there".

And it was off to the races.

The year before McLellan arrived, the Oilers had given up an average of 3.37 goals per game, the highest of any National Hockey League team.

The Oilers had a parade going to the penalty box in Game 4, and the Sharks mad ehtem pay for it with four power play goals.

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. The pair was visibly gassed and couldn't get a clear or keep up with the Sharks puck cycling behind the net.

"The message to start the season was get better as the season goes on", right wingrt Jordan Eberle told the Edmonton Sun.