Kassian scores in 3rd, Oilers beat Sharks 1-0 in Game 3

And no dye job could add color to it.

The San Jose Sharks opened defense of their Western Conference title by splitting the first two games of their opening-round playoff series with the Edmonton Oilers. Game 4 is Tuesday at SAP Center with Game 5 back in Edmonton on Thursday. "Big saves, timely saves, especially early on when they had all their momentum, he was great for us". Leon Draisaitl went to centre with Drake Caggiula and Zack Kassian, while Mark Letestu was moved to the wing with David Desharnais and Benoit Pouliot.

San Jose has certainly had chances to score, and I think in some capacity we can point to bad luck. Considering the team's inability to raise the Cup in its 25-year existence, it's justified. The Oilers carried more of the play and outshot the Sharks 12-4.

After being outshot 13-6 in the first period, the Oilers controlled the play in the second, with the Sharks struggling to keep up with McDavid's speed.

The Sharks, however, did giftwrap a scoring opportunity at even strength. Schlemko tried to toss the puck up the ice from a corner in his own zone. The was all the Oilers needed. "It's a game of mistakes and that winds up in the net".

"It was a one-goal game, a one-shot game".

Jones finished with 21 saves.

The Sharks have not scored since Melker Karlsson's overtime victor in Game 1.

McDavid, the NHL's regular-season scoring leader, got his first National Hockey League playoff goal at the 10:31 mark of the third, streaking down the left side and launching a short-side wrist shot that eluded Jones.

Cam Talbot stopped all 16 shots he faced for his first career playoff shutout and Edmonton's first postseason win since 2006. Halfway home, but with plenty of hard sledding still to go. The 20-year-old superstar entered Sunday with a 16-game points streak but was guarded closely by San Jose.

P.S. Here's a bonus thing I loved, the way Kris Russell played a unsafe San Jose two-on-one late in the first, with Russell daring Couture to pass but ready to pounce on that pass, and forcing a Grade B shot in the end.

Talbot hasn't allowed a goal since Game 1 when Melker Karlsson scored in overtime. He had one shot in Game 3.

"It doesn't matter how well a goalie is playing, you've got to find a way to get to him", Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said.

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. Thornton missed the last three games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoff series with the Oilers. Burns needs to get trigger happy or the Sharks' offense will continue to look like Couture's mouth. toothless.

Coach Pete DeBoer welcomed back Joe Thornton to the line-up Sunday.

  • Lila Blake