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Gretzky expects young Oilers to learn from opening game setback

20 April 2017, 09:32 | Melissa Porter

It was obvious the Oilers wanted continue the physical play they displayed at times in Game 1.

The second game in the best-of-seven, first-round series is in Edmonton on Friday night.

Logan Couture who injured his face late in the season joined the team on Wednesday. "We did in Game 1, and we didn't in Game 2, so we'll get back to it in Game 3".

He returned to the lineup for the playoffs wearing a cage, but by his own admission has been rusty. "You really have to go through it to learn it. People can say things, but until you personally go through it, in that aspect, experience does help".

The Sharks were 0 for 6 with the man advantage and are 1 for 12 through the first two games.

Puck management, shift lengths and discipline were all hot topics for the Oilers on Thursday, all mistakes they feel are easily correctable.

They lost 3-2 in overtime to the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarter-final. We're fine. We're in a great situation.

Pavelski sent linemate Melker Karlsson into the open on the left wing early in overtime and Karlsson buried the victor past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot at 3:22 for a come-from-behind 3-2 victory.

Kassian lead the charge, destroying San Jose players at every opportunity. "If we do that, we'll have a good chance to win Game 2".

After a scoreless first, Kassian scored short-handed 42 seconds into the second, going short side on Sharks' goalie Martin Jones low on a breakaway to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. Rogers Place erupted when Oscar Klefbom, a defenceman who sat out nearly two-thirds of last season after contracting a staph infection, whistled a wrist shot past Martin Jones 6 minutes and 44 seconds into the game. "The reason we went so far past year is because we kept coming back in the second and third periods".

The din grew louder when Milan Lucic gobbled up a rebound off a shot by Mark Letestu and blasted it past Jones with 2:53 left in the first period. But it won't be hard to recognize when they're paying attention to details and playing their style of hockey.

Sharks' captain Joe Pavelski singled out that goal to reporters after the game, saying that it calmed the team.

Connor McDavid's, the NHL's leading point-producer, also assisted on Lucic's goal. "It just has to stay there and you have to be committed to that", Pavelski said of slowing down McDavid.

"This is the one day out of the year I look forward to the most", said Darren Porras of San Jose.

"It's a pretty special place and a wonderful environment come playoff time in Edmonton", said Wayne Gretzky. Guys responded well. We took a deep breath.

"We've been a disciplined team all season long but last night was one of those nights where we took more penalties then we usually would", said Gretzky". "They did a heck of a job and that's what won us the game tonight, especially with two shorthanded goals".

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