Thornton returns to lineup for Sharks in Game 3 vs. Oilers
Apr 20 2017 by Kelly Saunders
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. Once that first puck went in, a bushel of goals followed. Logan Couture's been targeted for physicality his whole life being the player he is.
"I can't stand here and say we were better in this area or that area".
You can dig back in the history books all you want, but in 255½ Stanley Cup playoff games, that was - singularly and spectacularly - the worst loss in Edmonton Oilers post-season history. Edmonton will head home with their tails between their legs and the Sharks in hot pursuit for game five on Thursday night in Rogers Place.
"Eventually, our big guys are going to step up and win us a game".
"We believed he could come in and help us, and I believe he's certainly met our expectations".
"I don't think this would mean almost as much if we hadn't been waiting the 10 years for it, and I think that's why a lot of people made the trip down here".
A lot was made of the Oilers playoff inexperience, with just 342 combined postseason games under their belt coming in compared to well over 1,000 games for the Sharks, the defending Western Conference champions. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. And we haven't made them pay a price for that until tonight. It shows you that a team can take their game to a different level. "It felt really bad on the bench so we played it safe and went in to take a few pictures". He hurt his left knee in Vancouver on April 2 and missed the final three games of the regular season. He wore a cage to protect his mouth in the first two games before going back to a half-visor for Game 3.
ABOUT THE OILERS: Edmonton finally displayed some discipline in Game 3, taking only two penalties after being whistled for six in each of the first two contests.
"We've been saying we have confidence in it", Thornton said. The top two lines featured Joe Thornton centering Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski while Logan Couture was between Joonas Donskoi and Jannik Hansen. And the seven goals total tied a club record set twice previously - once at home (April 20, 2014) against Los Angeles and once on the road (April 30, 1999) at Colorado.
Kris Russell and Matt Benning also signed as free agents, but it was the trade for Larsson that got the most attention from critics who thought the Oilers gave up too much for too little.
Captain Connor McDavid did his best to downplay the Game 4 loss to the San Jose Sharks, asking fans to forget the whole thing. Connor McDavid didn't get a point, Cam Talbot got chased from the game in the second period and Leon Draisaitl, who has one shot in four playoff games, got tossed for spearing Chris Tierney in the groin.
"They're both quality goaltenders, they're at the top of their game right now and that's a big part of it", McLellan said.
David Schlemko added another power play marker 6:45 into the third. The previous fastest playoff goal for San Jose came 28 seconds into the game by Dany Heatley against Los Angeles in 2011. The opening face-off is at 8pm from the SAP Center.