Kassian scores in 3rd, Oilers beat Sharks 1-0 in Game 3By Kelly Sanders Apr 17, 2017
All 25-plus goal scorers in the regular season - aside from Ferris Bueller, of course - the bulk of the Sharks' offense this season was no where to be found during or after their 1-0 loss to Edmonton in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. In fact, they did it quite handily as the Oilers doubled up the Sharks in shots 36-16 in their complete game effort on Friday. Now they need to figure out how to stop Zack Kassian. "He's playing at a new level. So we'll get back to it in Game 3".
"We're disappointed with the way it went", Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said. "So they certainly are givin' it to us when they see us, no doubt about it". The 29-year-old is now 2-1 with a 0.98 goals against average and.964 save percentage in the post-season.
Include Jumbo in his usual spot, and the average age on San Jose's top two lines comes in at 32 years old.
Draisaitl started the game at wing on a line with McDavid, but Edmonton coach Todd McLellan adjusted his lines in the second period, moving Draisaitl to centre on Kassian's line. The goal came as a result of a complete breakdown of execution in the defensive zone, with Sharks defenseman David Schlemko sending a clearing pass right to Kassian, who slid a back-hander through the five hole of Martin Jones.
Letestu promptly passed it to a streaking Kassian, who barreled in alone and fired a wrist shot low past Jones' blocker.
Thornton has been out since April 2 after appearing to suffer a knee injury against the Vancouver Canucks.
"We have played well here, but it is a different animal in the playoffs", Connor McDavid said after the morning skate. San Jose has not scored since Melker Karlsson's overtime victor in the opener.
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Within seconds, San Jose made use of its home advantage. The winning 50/50 number was announced during the game, so the couple had the check in-hand as they sat and watched overtime.
"If they're going to concentrate on shutting down him, somebody else has to get the job done. just like them", DeBoer said. "This told us we're right there".
During last year's run to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Sharks were 17-for-63 (27 percent) on the power play in postseason series against Los Angeles, Nashville and St. Louis as they won the West. Thornton's first touch generated loud cheers, and San Jose's fourth line led by rookie Timo Meier created chances with a hard forecheck.
"Early on, we had some pep", Thornton said.
"We didn't generate enough Grade A chances".
Kassian's goal held up as the game victor. They haven't scored since Melker Karlsson's overtime goal in Game 1, and came within about eight minutes of losing that one, too. We have a lot of confidence in him.
"That was the first time I was every part of a team that got knocked out that quick in a series".
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