Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks scores past goalie Laurent Brossoit of the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 4 of their National Hockey League playoff series at San Jose's SAP Center on April 18, 2017.
Over the lunch hour, Sir Winston Churchill Square will be the site of a community rally organized by the city to allow Edmonton Oilers fans a chance to wear orange in solidarity, showing support for the team ahead of game five of the Stanley Cup playoffs against San Jose Sharks.
The offensive resurgence took all of 15 seconds as San Jose center Joe Pavelski netted the first goal of the evening past Cam Talbot glove side via a deflection off of a Justin Braun slap-shot. "We came in, got home-ice advantage back, but it'd be nice to come in and play another game like that on Tuesday". They replied with a character game and ran the Sharks out of the building to even the series.
Numerous same fans who took in Game 3 on Sunday, and maybe some new arrivals, will be at the SAP Center, hoping for another road win and a stranglehold on the series.
Had the Oilers killed it off, they could have seized the momentum. All of his points came with the Sharks on the power play, which came alive after going 1 for 14 through the first three games of the series and finally made the Oilers pay for repeated trips to the penalty box. Martin Jones has given up five goals on 100 shots faced. "I mean, we've given up less shots in the last two games combined than we did in the first game alone". 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.
The ball is now clearly in Todd McLellan's court.
"We got this giant Oiler cake made for him, they did a great job of it, and his receptionist said, "Oh, he's going to love this, you Canadians are so nice". Couture punched his first playoff goal past Talbot at 11:02 on a feed from Pavelski 1:03 into Kris Russell's hook of Sharks rookie Timo Meier. Now they will try to carry that over into Game 5 in Edmonton on Thursday night.
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"You can't say enough about him right now", Talbot said.
At times, Larsson and Klefbom have drawn the challenge of covering San Jose captain Joe Pavelski, the Sharks' top-scoring forward in the regular season with 29 goals and 68 points.
Now, the Oilers head back to Edmonton for the first game of what is now a best-of-three series on Thursday night.
Pavelski slid a cross-ice pass to Couture, who took a second to gather the puck before beating Talbot with a wrister from the faceoff circle for his first goal since having several teeth knocked out when he took a slap shot to the mouth March 25 in Nashville.
The Edmonton Oilers were thought to be a work in progress for much of the 2016-17 regular season. While Kassian has been an unexpected surprise, Talbot might be the Oilers' most valuable player in this series. For San Jose, at least - the Oilers got trampled under the hooves. We feel like we have to score more than one (goal) to win especially tonight.
This one was a reversal of Game 1, when the Oilers were outshot 44-19 en route to a 3-2 overtime loss.