Nothing to see here. Moving on. Final Score: 7-0
After playing a mostly airtight road game on Sunday the Oilers were going to have to be extra sharp heading into tonight’s matchup. You just knew that the Sharks were going to come out flying in the hopes of not going down 3-1 in the series, and the Oilers were going to have to be ready to play and be prepared to weather the storm. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen at all. When Joe Pavelski opened the scoring within the first few seconds of the game and Logan Couture followed it up with his first of the post-season season you just knew we were in trouble. As far as starts go, this one couldn’t have gone much worse.
Even though the Oilers were able to find some traction late in the first period, they weren’t able to sustain it and they weren’t able to get anything past Martin Jones – that’s a tough way to win a hockey game. The Sharks came out firing from the opening draw and Edmonton was only able to dodge so many bullets. At the end of the night, the Oilers were outplayed for 95% of the game apart from some sparse moments in which they able to get the puck away. They were outworked, out chanced, and outscored from start to finish and the result was the one they deserved. Frankly, the best part about this game was when the final buzzer sounded.
If there’s a positive to be found it’s that this game means nothing for what happens on Thursday.Shit happens – on to the next one. Series tied 2-2.
Wrap it up.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- The game is over now.
- This game has absolutely no effect on Game 5. The Oilers need to be ready.
- Shout out to the dude that got a ‘Stay Klassian’ tattoo on his ass. It’s a tribute Kassian will be surely want to show to his mother.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Joe Pavelski scored only 15 seconds into the first period by deflecting a point shot past Cam Talbot. Talbot didn’t have much of chance on that one but it certainly wasn’t the start the Oilers were looking for. After the game was long over, Pavelski added another goal in the 2nd period.
- Logan Couture scored his first goal of the season on the power play that was a result of a pretty weak hooking call on Kris Russell. Unfortunately, that goal seemed to fire him up as he was able to get a second goal in the second period.
- After the refs called a third consecutive horrible penalty against the Oilers it seemed almost inevitable that they would score another power play goal. This time it was Patrick Marleau that was the beneficiary of the generous officiating. Must be nice to get so many gifts.
- Marcus Sorenson was at the side of the net when the puck rebounded to him off of Talbot’s pads and he made no mistake of burying it.
- David Schlemko converted the touchdown with the Sharks’ fourth power play goal of the night. *sigh*
- The Oilers’ passing was off all night and it cost them all kinds of zone time. I don’t know how many chances the Sharks got off of missed passes/breakouts but it had to be in the double digits.
- Leon Draisaitl got frustrated and speared Chris Tierney in the balls, a decision that got him tossed from the game. Not the smartest choice for a player they need to be on the ice.
- Tough night for Cam Talbot as he was give the hook after allowing five goals on 24 shots for a .792 save%. That said, Talbot barely got any support in front of him and even though he’d like some of those back there wasn’t much hockey being played by his teammates.
- Connor McDavid was getting visibly frustrated tonight and it completely threw him off his game. After coming out flying, he started to get mad and didn’t look the same. I’ll expect fire from him in Game 5.
- Nuge missed a wide open chance late in the first period that should have been a sure goal. As it turns out, that was just how the entire night would go for the Oilers.
- The refs were horrible, as per tradition.
- The Oilers went 0/4 on the power play and allowed four power play goals on the eight chances against them. How do you expect to get anything done when nearly a full period is spent in the box? Though, I guess the Sharks did them a favour to let them out early. All in all it was a terrible night for the special teams.
- Why couldn’t Matt Benning hold onto his stick?
- What’s with the Sharks being dicks and trying to screw with the Oilers’ practice times this morning? Are they that nervous about Edmonton that they refuse to let them practice? Piss babies.
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|00:14||SJ||Joe Pavelski (1) ASST: Justin Braun (1), Patrick Marleau (1)||0-1|
|11:02||SJ||PPG – Logan Couture (1) ASST: Joe Pavelski (2), Brent Burns (1)||0-2|
|02:02||SJ||PPG – Patrick Marleau (1) ASST: Brent Burns (2)||0-3|
|09:46||SJ||Marcus Sorensen (1) ASST: David Schlemko (1), Joel Ward (1)||0-4|
|12:52||SJ||Logan Couture (2) ASST: Jannik Hansen (1), Joel Ward (2)||0-5|
|16:46||SJ||PPG – Joe Pavelski (2) ASST: Brent Burns (3), Joe Thornton (1)||0-6|
|06:45||SJ||PPG – David Schlemko (1) ASST: Tomas Hertl (2), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (3)||0-7|
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