Thornton then took part in the pre-game skate for the Sharks, which is sure sign he would play barring an unexpected setback. With the score knotted at 0-0 and the Oilers actually holding their own on the shot clock, McLellan still didn't like the look of Leon Draisaitl on the Connor McDavid unit, so he subbed in Anton Slepyshev with the captain and Patrick Maroon.
Kassian scored midway through the third period for his second straight game-winner, Talbot made 23 saves in his second consecutive shutout and the Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks 1-0 Sunday night in Game 3 of their first-round series. Neither team's big offensive producers have made a splash in the series so far. The Oilers are getting a money line of +115 to prevail, while the over/under total for the game is listed at 5 goals. This is a good hockey team were playing over there, so this was a good confidence builder for our team.
The Oilers now lead the best-of-seven set 2-1. He hadn't scored any game-winners since March 9, 2015, while with the Vancouver Canucks.
"You can't say enough about him right now", Talbot said of Kassian. "He's playing a new level".
While open ice and quality chances are harder to come by in the playoffs, the Sharks know their top-end talent can come through in the postseason.
While Kassian has been an unexpected surprise, Talbot might be the Oilers' most valuable player in this series.
The Sharks were held to 10 shots over the final two periods and didn't even get a shot on goal on a pair of power-play chances as Thornton's return was unable to change San Jose's fortunes.
"We want to continue - and we will continue to - play physical", said McLellan.
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"We've got to find a way with the group we do have".
"I don't think it has anything to do with the contact or punishment", he said.
The game started so promising for the Sharks, who welcomed back future Hall of Fame center Joe Thornton to the lineup. McLellan wasn't about to espouse weak imagery like that before his team had played even a minute on the road in these National Hockey League playoffs. "One shot, one block, one bounce".
"You've got to shoot the puck", Logan Couture said, per NBC Sports California. "We've just got to get back at it". The most confusing performance was previously lock for the Norris Trophy, defenseman Brent Burns.
Logan Couture, fourth on the team with 25 goals, also hasn't had a point after leading all players with 20 assists and 30 points in the postseason previous year when San Jose reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. Thornton took the ice to a thunderous roar from the SAP Center crowd and his impact was immediate.
Will the San Jose Sharks manage at win at home in Game 3 of their series with the Edmonton Oilers when the two meet tonight at 10PM ET? Jones play has also been confounding - he's generally played solid for the greater part of the series, but the goals he has surrendered have nearly all been ones in which he would have like to have had back - his five hole become increasingly suspect.
Jumbo Joe was reported to be a game-time decision Sunday morning, so it looks like he'll be good to go after sitting out the previous five contests with the knee issue.
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