Event Name: San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Sunday night, the San Jose Sharks continued their first round series against the Edmonton Oilers. San Jose won the first 2 of the 5 game regular season series between these two teams, but then lost the next three, with most recent game being a 4-2 loss to the Oilers just ten days ago at the SAP center when Milan Lucic had a hat trick and Oscar Klefbom had 4 assists. The Oilers finished the season 2nd in the Pacific Division with 103 points, while the Sharks finished in 3rd with 99 points, giving the Oilers the home ice advantage during this round of the playoffs.
The Sharks started off Game 1 in Edmonton, where the Oilers scored 2 quick goals in the first period before the Sharks took control of the game, tied it in regulation, and won it 3-2 in overtime. In the second game, neither team was able score any 5 on 5 goals, but Edmonton came up with 2 shorthanded goals to beat the Sharks 2-0 and tie the series 1-1. Sunday, the Sharks had to answer back not to just the loss but also the physicality of Oilers in game 2.
The game started off well for the Sharks. Joe Thornton was finally back on the ice following an injury, changing the complexion of the game. San Jose came out strong early, dominating in scoring chances and shots on goal. The Sharks’ first power play, caused by Benoit Pouliot (67) roughing Brent Burns (88), lasted just over a minute when Joel Ward was called for tripping leading to 48 seconds of 4 on 4 play followed by a short Oilers power play. Both goalies were strong and the Sharks power play seemed more stable with Joe Thornton in the lineup. San Jose was the more physical team early, outhitting the Oilers 32 to 14 and outshooting them 13-6. The Oilers seemed lucky to come out of the period tied at 0.
The things seem to change for the Sharks in the 2nd period, where the Oilers seemed to get most of the scoring chances and shots on goal. Six minutes in to the period, the Sharks got their second opportunity with the man advantage but the Oilers were able to kill the penalty without allowing a single shot on goal while shorthanded. The Oilers finished the period outshooting the Sharks 12-4. In this period, the Sharks were lucky to come out tied at 0.
Both teams began to play a much more defensive game in the third with neither team willing to take any chances to create any offense. Just over half way into the period, David Schlemko (5) tried to clear the puck over the right circle instead of the right boards, but Zack Kassian (44) intercepted it and skated right in front of the Sharks’ goalie Martin Jones (31) before beating him five hole as he slid to his right, giving the Oilers a 1-0 lead, and eventually victory. The Oilers now lead the series 2-1.
The Sharks led in shots (23-22), face-offs (52%-48%), hits (58-37). blocked shots (22-19) and giveaways (21-20), while the Oilers led in takeaways (7-5).
Timo Meier (28) led all skaters with 9 hits while Tomas Hertl (48) led in face-offs with 71% and also had 7 hits. Chris Tierney (50) had a team high 4 blocks.
San Jose continues game 4 of round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday.
INDTVUSA Staff Writer