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Elizabeth Williams
April 21, 2017

Riding the momentum created by Zack Kassian and Cam Talbot, the Oilers will try to take a 3-1 series lead when they meet the Sharks in Game 4 on Tuesday night at SAP Center in San Jose.

Two weeks after suffering a left knee injury, Thornton made a dramatic return to the lineup Sunday for the Sharks in their first home playoff game since June 12 of previous year when Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins were awarded the Stanley Cup.

"We were able to create more on our power play".

The Sharks completely neutralized Edmonton's play makers throughout the game. Instead, DeBoer sees the alternate captain's sluggish play as a product of missing the final seven games of the regular season after he took a puck to the mouth on March 25.

The Sharks can't keep up with the Oilers. Thornton missed the past two weeks after injuring his knee in a regular-season game at Vancouver.

Martin Jones finished with 34 saves for the Sharks. San Jose continued to apply pressure but couldn't even it up.

Edmonton turned the tables in terms of territorial dominance while enjoying a 12-4 advantage in shots during the second period, but the game remained scoreless after 40 minutes. "Just not much either way and so we just got in there inside and made a few plays tonight". There have been only eight goals between the two teams in the first three games of the series. He's the first Oilers goalie to record back-to-back playoff shutouts since Curtis Joseph in 1998.

The Sharks established a new franchise mark with the seven-goal differential.

"We're not playing against a team that has just appeared in the playoffs".

"They play like they always play", said Oilers coach Todd McClellan. "This isn't going to be a short series", he said after the loss. During the barrage, Patrick Marleau, Mr. Shark himself, planted one in the back of the net with an absolute snipe over Talbot's glove side shoulder to give San Jose a second power play goal and a three, nil lead.

One outcome of the Oilers' physical play is that they have committed 12 minor penalties in two games. This is why coaches get paid big money.

The Sharks were on another power play early in the period when Marleau got his first goal of the playoffs at 2:02.

The year before McLellan arrived, the Oilers had given up an average of 3.37 goals per game, the highest of any National Hockey League team.

"You can't say enough about him right now", Talbot said of Kassian.

Even against top defensive specialist Marc-Edouard Vlasic and a solid defensive team in the San Jose Sharks, McDavid is still making his presence felt. While Kassian has been an unexpected surprise, Talbot might be the Oilers' most valuable player in this series.

This one was a reversal of Game 1, when the Oilers were outshot 44-19 en route to a 3-2 overtime loss.

Couture centered the second line with Joonas Donskoi and Jannik Hansen, and Tomas Hertl played in the middle on the third line with Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier.

"I think he's getting more confident as this series goes on", Thornton said.

The series is only 2-2, no matter how bad the Oilers lost this one, but the Sharks look awfully formidable right now, don't they, heading into Game 5.

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