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Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

Brent Burns, once considered a favorite for the Norris Trophy, saw his production dive in the last quarter of the season, as the bearded and burly wunderkind scored just two goals in his final 23 games.

The city of Edmonton - not to mention some surprised Sharks - got a taste of winter in April on Friday as snowfall began in the early morning and continued well into the afternoon. The Oilers are favoured on Sports Interaction NHL odds to advance. It was in contention for the division title, but the team lost nine of its final 13 games. He is an ingredient the Oilers don't have and he makes a big difference.

Thornton appears to be making progress from a left knee injury he suffered on April 2, but he remained out of the lineup Friday with still no clear idea on when he'll return.

The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1. "It was by committee and by whoever's on the ice getting the job done and if we have the puck, they don't have it".

Frank Vatrano added a goal for Boston in his National Hockey League playoff game, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves. He also took an undisciplined slashing minor in the third period, retaliating on a check from Timo Meier, and was credited with a game-high four giveaways. McDavid, who won this season's scoring title easily by notching 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists).

McDavid's goal came at the 10:31 mark of the third period, as he picked up loose puck in his own end, streaked up the wall and beat Jones for his first career playoff goal. Jones was 35-23-6 with a 2.40 goals-against average and.912 save percentage this season.

And suddenly there is real optimism heading into San Jose.

The Sharks were 26-3-1 when leading after the first period this season. Without him, who knows if Edmonton would even be in the playoffs?

Kassian lead the charge, destroying San Jose players at every opportunity. Jones was 2-3-0 with a 3.00 GAA and.883 save percentage.

So how can the Sharks possibly win this series? A surprise because the Oilers had only 70 points in 2015-16 and hadn't topped 74 since 2008-09.

The Oilers help a 25-minute practice where they went over a number of trouble spots from Game 1 while the Sharks, who rarely practice in the playoffs, held a brief optional practice... The 20-year-old recorded 100 points to join Wayne Gretzky as the only players in franchise history to capture the Art Ross Trophy. We saw the same out of Milan Lucic a year ago in the first round against L.A. That stuff, you know what, you've got to play through that stuff. The Oilers ranked eighth in GAA (2.5 gpg) and 17 on the penalty kill (80.7 percent).

San Jose had the task of killing an Edmonton power play while down not one, but two skaters for as much as 1:41. Coach Todd McLellan said after the game that Klefbom indicated he's OK. The Oilers won 12 of their last 14 games, including two against San Jose. Talbot played in all and had a GAA of 2.59 and save percentage of.912.

This is a lot of juice to lay with an Edmonton Oilers team that has had zero recent playoff success, so I'll side with the Sharks and the ehavy plus money simply based off the value.

Some season ticket holders were a bit irked about the concourse passes and anxious the move would cheapen the playoff experience for longtime fans by creating longer bathroom and concession lines. Obviously neither has McDavid. After all, they still remember the pain of losing last year's Stanley Cup final to the Penguins. When the Sharks are given too many chances and time in the zone and many power-play chances, they will eventually score.

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