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Rickey Henderson released the Sharks before an National Hockey League playoff game

21 April 2017, 03:21 | Erica Roy

Unable to find the net on 39 successive shots during two straight losses, the Sharks found it just 15 seconds into the game at the SAP Center.

Logan Couture, with a partial set of teeth held together by wires and plastic coating, scored his first two goals since a deflected puck caught him in the mouth on March 25. Despite being short-handed a league-high 14 times entering Monday's action, the Oilers have allowed just one power play goal (92.8 percent) to rank third among the 16 playoff teams. The Preds have done a hell of a job shutting the Blackhawks down, with the Hawks scoring for the 1st time in Game 3 only to blow a 2 goal lead and lose in OT. That was the fastest such score in franchise history, according to the team, beating Dany Heatly's goal 28 seconds into a 2011 playoff game against the Kings.

The game took an ugly turn at 13:44 when Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl was given a major penalty and game misconduct for spearing San Jose forward Chris Tierney in the groin. The Sharks had eight. "That's not our team, that's not our game".

"It was completely one-sided". "The good news is that the series is tied".

It's the most lopsided playoff loss in the history of the Edmonton Oilers. "Our top guys are usually getting marked pretty hard and we need secondary scoring and he's giving it to us right now". At this point, he is scoreless through four games.

The Oilers have scored five goals this entire series. It started with Couture rifling a shot from the past Talbot at 11:02 of the first period with defenceman Kris Russell in the penalty box for hooking.

At one point, Darnell Nurse laid out Timo Meier with a stick to his throat, but somehow escaped without a penalty.

Also of note is the power play, which is converting at only a 7.1% rate - second-lowest in the playoffs.


The talk entering the game focused on the lack of production from the Sharks' most talented players. The top two lines featured Joe Thornton centering Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski while Logan Couture was between Joonas Donskoi and Jannik Hansen.

Patrick Marleau, Marcus Sorensen and David Schlemko also scored. "It's a one-off. We take the game tape and throw it away".

The San Jose Sharks look to even the series back up tonight as they play host to the Oilers in Game 4. San Jose ended Talbot's night at the 12:52 mark of the second period Tuesday after he gave up five goals on 24 shots.

"We'll keep trying, keep looking and keep fighting", Pavelski said. Jake Guentzel continues to be the story for the Penguins, notching his 5th goal of the playoffs to narrow it to a 1 goal lead late in the 3rd but they couldn't notch the equalizer.

"As a goalie, you want to make an extra save or two here and there", Talbot said.

"Their big boys stepped up and had a game like they did tonight", said Milan Lucic.

McLellan said he hoped his players would chew and stew about what happened for a bit on Wednesday and be ready to go again against the Sharks at home on Thursday.

If there is any truth to the idea that momentum matters in an National Hockey League playoff series, we may just see it in Game 5 of this series, set for Thursday night back in Edmonton.



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