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Edmonton Oilers eliminate San Jose Sharks in playoffs three years ago today

It was three years ago today that the Edmonton Oilers advanced past the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs.

The game-six win to advance was led offensively by Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev, who both scored second-period goals to build a 2-0 lead the club wouldn’t look back on.

Despite the Sharks getting on the board, Connor McDavid sealed the win with an empty-net goal with one second left in the game. 3-1. Oilers win.

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For Edmonton, it was the first playoff series win for the club since they beat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the third round of the 2006 playoffs.

That first round had a bit of everything. It had some Connor McDavid doing Connor McDavid things. It had David Deharnais overtime winners. It had Cam Talbot shutting the door with a .927 save percentage.

And most importantly, it had playoff hockey returning to Edmonton. Sportsnet has aired game five that saw Deharnais’ overtime winner recently and it was so great to be able to relive that amazing game, and amazing time in Edmonton.

The Oilers were well on track to make the playoffs this season before COVID-19 shut things down.

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Here’s what Cat Silverman had to say about the game:

The first period was a whole lot of nothing from both sides, although I admire Milan Lucic (whom I still have mixed feelings about from his Bruins days) for his enthusiasm from the get-go. Kid got off to a running start, even if it involved a few blown plays.

The Sharks were a bit slow to the jump, getting outshot in the first frame by 9-6 in recorded shots on goal.

They would go on to outshoot Edmonton in the final two frames, putting the puck on net 22 times in response to Edmonton’s 12 opportunities over 40 minutes, but a quick two-minute jump for the Oilers to start the second period saw two breakaway goals that San Jose just couldn’t recover from.

You want to see those goals? Why, of course you do!

Leon Draisaitl broke away first, expertly protecting the puck in front of his stride before leveling his shot and shoveling it in five hole at 0:54 in the second period.

Then, Anton Slepyshev practically took a penalty shot against Jones, perfectly sending the puck past his blocker side to put the team up 2-0 just 56 seconds after Draisaitl opened up scoring.

Things ALMOST got hairy towards the end. The Sharks had a couple-minute stretch of almost exclusive possession in Edmonton’s end, and the team managed to get one past the ever-excellent Cam Talbot to ruin his shutout.

While Joe Pavelski’s shot almost went in a few minutes later, though, it didn’t – and Connor McDavid’s incredible empty netter from his knees with less than a second remaining just sealed the deal.

What an incredible time that was.

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