Sharks beat down Edmonton 7-0 in game four


San Jose prepared for Oilers star Connor McDavid.

The third came from Pavelski again after Oilers center Leon Draisaitl received a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct resulting in ab ejection, also in the second period.

Edmonton picked up a 1-0 win over the Sharks in Game 3 to establish a 2-1 lead in the series.

If there is any truth to the idea that momentum matters in an National Hockey League playoff series, we may just see it in Game 5 of this series, set for Thursday night back in Edmonton.

With wires and plastic holding Couture's mouth together, the Oilers are trying to make life as uncomfortable as possible for the Sharks' alternate captain, delivering contact to his chin area whenever possible. (More on that here.) San Jose would ultimately chase Talbot from the Oilers' net on a night where their once-struggling power play went 4-for-8.

Who takes home Game 4?

"Yeah, we're going to have to score some goals". Yes, Edmonton has the future of hockey Connor McDavid on their side, and a vastly improved defense as well, but the paint has just barely dried on the Oilers' full rebuild and the team is so devoid of playoff experience that it's nearly laughable. Let it be the salve that soothes the scars of a history-making 7-0 arse-whupping here on Tuesday, if you are an Oiler fan in need of such a thing.

Edmonton Coach Todd McLellan, returning to the city where he coached the Sharks for five seasons, stuck with the same lineup as defenceman Oscar Klefbom had no lingering problems after blocking the shot that forced him to leave Game 2 with about nine minutes left. "This time of year, you've got to find a way to get on the right side of that", Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said after Sunday's loss. Now, there is no shame in losing to a team such as San Jose.

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"We were bad tonight, obviously", McDavid said after the loss.

Couture missed the final seven games of the regular season after he took a deflected puck to the face March 25 against the Nashville Predators.

The San Jose power play had four goals by game's end, feasting on an Oilers team that's been undisciplined from the start. "I don't think we have so far". Jake Guentzel continues to be the story for the Penguins, notching his 5th goal of the playoffs to narrow it to a 1 goal lead late in the 3rd but they couldn't notch the equalizer. At some point in the not too distant future we won't be able to count his playoff goals one hand.

Zack Kassian is first @EdmontonOilers player to score a GWG in consecutive playoff games since Fernando Pisani (2006 F vs. CAR).

"You can't say enough about him right now", Talbot said of Kassian.

After going 1-for-14 on the power play in the first three games, the Sharks unloaded on the Oilers for four goals in eight chances. That made the Sharks stronger down the middle, McLellan said, and helped them dominate the first period. The top two lines featured Joe Thornton centering Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski while Logan Couture was between Joonas Donskoi and Jannik Hansen.

"I don't think it has anything to do with the contact or punishment", he said. "We have to go back and get one there".