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Oilers hope to find more offence in Game 4

Oilers hope to find more offence in Game 4

Game 4 was presumably a whole lot more fun for Burns and his brethren.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is confident the Edmonton Oilers won't have more showings like their 7-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 4. Joe Pavelski bounced a deflected puck past Cam Talbot, opening the floodgates in drought-stricken California and bringing a sellout crowd of towel-waving maniacs to their feet.

The Sharks were on another power play early in the period when Marleau got his first goal of the playoffs at 2:02. He was on pace to eclipse his season average ice time of 18:04 through two periods, but head coach Pete DeBoer cut his minutes once the game got out of hand in the third.

Numerous same fans who took in Game 3 on Sunday, and maybe some new arrivals, will be at the SAP Center, hoping for another road win and a stranglehold on the series.

"We were bad tonight, obviously", McDavid said after the loss.

They may not have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup this year, or even get past the Sharks for that matter.

San Jose's big dogs ran wild in this one, with Joe Pavelski scoring twice, Logan Couture scoring twice, Patrick Marleau scoring his first of the series and Brent Burns picking up three assists. Yes, Edmonton has the future of hockey Connor McDavid on their side, and a vastly improved defense as well, but the paint has just barely dried on the Oilers' full rebuild and the team is so devoid of playoff experience that it's nearly laughable.

The Sharks completely neutralized Edmonton's play makers throughout the game.

The Oilers were helped by the fact San Jose continued to struggle on the power play, even with Thornton back in the lineup, going 0 for 2 and falling to 1 for 14 in the series. Sure, there is shock value in a 7-0 thrashing, and the Oilers played for quite awhile as if they were in shock.

After taking a 2-0 lead after the first period on the quick goal by Pavelski and a goal by Couture midway through the period, San Jose broke the game open with a four-goal second period. "Just not much either way and so we just got in there inside and made a few plays tonight".

"We need to be better", Couture said of the power play units. "I think he came out and had a great game for us for not playing in a while". "I mean, we've given up less shots in the last two games combined than we did in the first game alone". Despite getting whacked by a high stick and requiring a between-periods visit to the dentist to get his teeth numbed, he was a force.

Thornton said Sunday morning he'd have wait to see if the Sharks' coaching staff would let him go through the pregame warmup roughly a half-hour before the 7 p.m. start.

Later in the game, defenseman Kris Russell shoved him toward the end boards, face first.

His teammates, of course, can say the same as a collective group.

Game five is Thursday at Rogers Place.

"It is important that our big guys step up", Lucic, who has a goal and an assist, said. "It was nice to score some goals". He almost created two goals on one shift, but no teammate was able to get to his wraparound attempt and then Jones stopped him on a one-timer.


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