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Connor McDavid scores first National Hockey League playoff goal

Connor McDavid scores first National Hockey League playoff goal

"We brought a lot of energy".

"He's a big boy", McDavid said of Meier.

"We didn't tonight, and that's got to get fixed going forward. It was his show tonight".

Jones made nine saves in the first period, stopping a pair of quality chances by Maroon on the Oilers' first power play, and later saving a shot by Jordan Eberle on a shot from the slot. The Oilers missed the playoffs in each of the last 10 years.

The Sharks are 8-2 all-time when leading a series 2-0, and 9-5 all-time when a series is tied 1-1.

Thornton has been skating in practice, and head coach Peter DeBoer has said he expects Thornton to return at some point in the series. The Oilers just have to keep the puck in the zone, make smart plays and get bodies in front. We've got to go do it again.

Wave after wave of fans decked out in their orange jerseys streamed into the arena in anticipation of the first playoff game to be played in Edmonton in 11 years. SAP Center will be a raucous sea of teal when the Sharks host the Oilers on Sunday, after playing the first two games away. "The reason we went so far a year ago is because we kept coming back in the second and third periods". I definitely felt a little bit of nerves in the first one. "It's not like I'm a big fighter or anything, I like to be the guy that's hard to play against and if I have a chance to finish a hit, I'll finish it and on the offensive side, try to use my body".

"The more we won, the crazier it got on the street", he said. He finished first among defensemen in goals and points, first among all players in shots and was ninth among all in points.

They outshot San Jose 36-16, including 12-6 in the second and 15-3 in the third and got shorthanded goals from Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid, along with a shutout from Cam Talbot, to even the series 1-1.

Joonas Donskoi collected a puck behind the Oilers; net that had been rimmed around the boards by Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

McDavid passed the puck to Mark Letestu, who rifled the puck off Jones's goal pad right to Lucic.

Sharks: Tomas Hertl. The Sharks center posted seven shots on goal, most among forwards, and played his most effective game in months while assisting on Paul Martin's goal.

Edmonton must be giddy about drawing San Jose in Round 1.

The availability of Thornton and Couture is crucial to San Jose's success. But the Sharks had to be happy with their overall play against the player who is likely to win the Hart Trophy this season as the league's MVP.

It was a far cry from Game 1, and reminiscent of what we had seen from the Sharks in the last two-and-a-half weeks of the season or so.

"It doesn't matter where we were in March", DeBoer said. "We took four O-zone penalties in a row and they're a savvy team, they're a veteran team, they took advantage of it, scored a goal and they established their momentum allowing them to get back in the game". Coach Todd McLellan said after the game that Klefbom indicated he's OK.


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