Oilers-Sharks a battle of two contrasting generations

Joe Thornton returns to lineup for Sharks in Game 3 vs. Oilers

Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice and the Sharks rebounded from back-to-back shutouts in emphatic fashion, beating the Edmonton Oilers 7-0 on Tuesday night to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. But outside of the SAP Center, where the Sharks skate and where they hosted the Stanley Cup Finals previous year, the team isn't exactly making headlines. Not surprisingly, it was captain Joe Pavelski who set the early tone, redirecting a Justin Braun shot past Cam Talbot. "We'll need to find a way to get our offence up and running as well". Does the manner in which a game is won have any relevance to how the next game is played?

Edmonton's deficiencies in the post-season were supposed to be their depth down the middle and the lack of productivity among their bottom nine forwards, but they have shored up their lines and matched up well with the Sharks. He missed the final three games of the regular season and the first two playoff games after injuring his knee at Vancouver on April 2.

Desperation mode from the Oilers in the final period would not be enough as San Jose goalie Martin Jones would pitch a shutout of his own, turning away all 23 of Edmonton's shots on goal. Thornton's first touch generated loud cheers, and San Jose's fourth line led by rookie Timo Meier created chances with a hard forecheck. Couture is wearing a wire cage to protect from any further damage, and the Oilers have playing rough with him.

"That first goal got us feeling good", said coach Pete DeBoer.

Craig Custance: A goal and an assist through two games and his team split with a veteran Stanley Cup contender - I'd say his start has been just fine. Maybe they would make the playoffs for the first time since 2006, maybe not.

"It doesn't matter if you lose by one goal or seven goals", he said.

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"It's been wonderful", said Lane, who added their Oilers gear is being noticed by people nearly everywhere they go. During the barrage, Patrick Marleau, Mr. Shark himself, planted one in the back of the net with an absolute snipe over Talbot's glove side shoulder to give San Jose a second power play goal and a three, nil lead. "They don't get two games winning 7-0".

"This is an intimidating building to play in, and it is even more when you've got a lead early", Couture said.

"At this time of the year you just throw him out and you use him", said McLellan. San Jose earned a face-off in the Oiler zone after ten seconds.

One thing that's also clear is that the young guns of the Oilers, namely Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl don't seem to be handling the way stars get treated by their opponents in the playoffs. "I don't know if there was really any time to let frustration settle in", said Pavelski. "Just keep to our fundamentals and we'd be fine, and you saw that tonight".

Kassian, who has been a one-man wrecking crew in the series, also had the game-winner Friday night in Edmonton in Game 2. This was, after all, the most lopsided playoff loss in the team's history - besting, or worsting, 8-2 losses to the Isles in 1981 and Blackhawks in 1992.

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