Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

  • Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

Edmonton took an early 2-0 lead over the San Jose Sharks, but defensive lapses against a veteran team allowed San Jose to ultimately take the series opener by a score of 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday night in Edmonton.

The Oilers team record for shorthanded goals in a playoff game is three, set on April 17, 1983, in a 10-2 win over Calgary.

San Jose got off to a quick start, controlling much of the play for the first five minutes of the game, before Edmonton pushed back and dominated the rest of the first. Connor McDavid had an assist, giving him at least a point in 15 straight games including the regular season.

It was the first playoff game in the Oilers' new downtown arena and the team's first National Hockey League post-season game in nearly 11 years. But center Logan Couture returned to the lineup with a full face cage.

MONTREAL - Tanner Glass scored in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to help NY beat Montreal 2-0 in Game 1 of their first-round series. On Friday, he broke free killing a penalty midway through the third, racing down the left side to fire a low shortside wrist shot past Sharks goalie Martin Jones to seal the win. Lucic then shot again through Jones's pads. The Sharks won three out of four to close the season, but that came after a stretch that saw San Jose lose eight of nine and slide from first to third in the Pacific Division.

Brent Burns - The San Jose defenceman was a one-man gang on Wednesday, playing nearly 28 minutes and taking 18 shot attempts. San Jose was 1 for 6 with the man advantage while Edmonton was 1 for 3.

With four skaters aside, Tomas Hertl fought off a check from Oilers defenseman Kris Russell, took the puck in front and got a shot on Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot.

The possession numbers bode well for San Jose's ongoing success in this series.

The Sharks power play, ranked an anaemic 25th in the regular season at 16.7 per cent, was otherwise ineffective.

The Sharks, however, are the defending Western Conference champions with 1,169 games of playoff experience on their roster compared with 342 for Edmonton.

Game 2 goes Friday in Edmonton. "Kass-ee-ann!" "As a group we wanted to have a good bounce-back game", Kassian said. "So, I think we'll get healthy, get our guys back and they know the level that they have to play at when this time of year starts". And their second line of Milan Lucic, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins went quiet after the first.

He says they got into penalty trouble.

"You're talking about guys, they've seen that before", DeBoer said.

The swing between Games 1 and 2 have led to an even amount of even strength puck possession.

"We have to stick to what's got us to this point and not get away from our identity and the team that we want to be", said defenceman Darnell Nurse. "They didn't look anything like the team that we've seen in the last two months tonight, but they looked like the team that went to the Stanley Cup Final a year ago". "We continue to work closely with our partners from EPS and the City of Edmonton to encourage fans to have a great time while celebrating responsibly".