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


The Oilers out-ran, out-hit, out-gunned, and basically out-everything'd the Sharks through the first period as Sharks fans immediately thought back to last year's Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins and started preparing for another playoff disappointment.

The Oilers will try and bounce back on Friday night in game two at Rogers Place.

San Jose Sharks' Melker Karlsson (68) and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) vie for the puck during the first period of Game 1 of the first-round playoff series Wednesday in Edmonton, Alberta.

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan agreed that taking six penalties a night, some involving rough stuff after the whistle, is playing with fire. San Jose's power play was ranked 25th in the National Hockey League in the regular season at 16.7 percent. "We came back so strong". Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said it will be Thornton's call whether he plays or not. "This isn't going to be a short series".

Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot faced few quality scoring chances en route to a shutout.

The Edmonton Oilers know the secret to beating the San Jose Sharks on the ice is to start by finding a way to get off the ice. The second line, centered by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, got hot in the last 10 games of the regular season and if there's any sort of carryover, all of a sudden the Sharks get into a serious matchup problem.

For Kar-Wing Koo who lives a block away from Rogers Place, watching the game in his condo just wasn't going to cut it. Pavelski lost control of it and chipped it to Mark Letestu, who found a streaking Kassian.

Even though the Sharks were behind by two goals in the first period in Game 1, they didn't mind how they were playing.

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San Jose scored on the power play 1:43 into the second period when Joel Ward slammed in a goal mouth pass.

"You identify where he is, and you make sure that whoever it might be is in that area denies him the puck", Olczyk said.

Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic had assists on Karlsson's goal 3 minutes 22 seconds into overtime. On March 30 in Edmonton, the Sharks were almost flawless in the opening 10 minutes against the Oilers.

Zack Kassian opened the scoring 42 seconds into the second. The biggest in there was 4-2 at home to Edmonton on April 6, which allowed the Oilers to jump San Jose in the standings. "I've been gone now for two seasons", he said. Guys responded well. We took a deep breath. "I think this year we are going to get even closer and get it".

"The beauty of the Stanley Cup playoffs is all it takes for a team to get in and once you get in really anything can happen", said San Jose Sharks Spokesman Jim Sparaco.

Thornton appears to be making progress from a left knee injury he suffered on April 2, but he remained out of the lineup Friday with still no clear idea on when he'll return. But despite a long history with numerous key players on the Sharks, McLellan sees little advantage.

Jones made nine saves in the first period, stopping a pair of quality chances by Maroon on the Oilers' first power play, and later saving a shot by Jordan Eberle on a shot from the slot.