Pavelski scored his second of the game on the power play that followed, tipping a shot by San Jose defenceman Brent Burns past back-up goalie Laurent Brossoit to make it 6-0 after two periods.
The San Jose power play had four goals by game's end, feasting on an Oilers team that's been undisciplined from the start. San Jose earned a face-off in the Oiler zone after ten seconds.
Pavelski scored on a pair of deflections, the previously dormant power play scored four times and San Jose held Connor McDavid off the scoresheet for the second straight game. Game 4 is Tuesday night in San Jose. "We're going to go home and it's the best two-out-of-three series from now on and we've just gotta win the games at home".
Will the San Jose Sharks even up their series with the Edmonton Oilers when the two meet up in Game 4 tonight at 10PM ET? Now they will try to carry that over into Game 5 in Edmonton on Thursday night.
Oilers fans cheering on the team during Game 3 in San Jose. Center Logan Couture, who lost a tooth when a deflected puck hit his face March 25 in Nashville, was no longer sporting a full face shield, but he still isn't his old self. "Just not much either way and so we just got in there inside and made a few plays tonight". Thornton missed the past two weeks after injuring his knee in a regular-season game at Vancouver. Leon Draisaitl was issued a five-minute major and game misconduct at 13:44, pitchforking Chris Tierney in the groin as the two battled in the corner.
Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said his team is intent on shutting down Oilers star center Conor McDavid and the Oilers are giving Burns the same attention. "While they're saying it's for the media and our benefit, the Oilers are a little frustrated - they like to start their practices early". Kassian also had the game-winning goal, a short-handed strike, in Game 2.
Edmonton's deficiencies in the post-season were supposed to be their depth down the middle and the lack of productivity among their bottom nine forwards, but they have shored up their lines and matched up well with the Sharks.
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Lucic has a goal and an assist. "That doesn't win at this time of the year and I think we're proving that".
San Jose saw its series' struggles on the power play continue with a shot-less advantage after Edmonton's Drake Caggiula boarded Karlsson six minutes into the session.
"It becomes tougher because there's more bodies going to the net, it's sporadic", Oilers coach Todd McLellan said when assessing Talbot's tidy performance at the podium after the game.
Goals have been hard to come by for both the Oilers and the Sharks.
"I think he's getting more confident as this series goes on", Thornton said.
In the second period, the Sharks threatened early with Talbot coming up big on consecutive shots by San Jose forwards Jonas Donskoi and Tomas Hertl.
Some people will be trying to sell you the idea today that a loss is a loss, and it doesn't matter if it's 7-0 or 1-0.
That prompted chants of "We want seven!" from the delirious crowd and it came when Schlemko scored on the power play in the third. The game kicks off at 10:00 PM EST in SAP Center. San Jose F Mikkel Boedker was a healthy scratch after appearing in the first two games of the series.