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Video- Leon Draisaitl Spear On Chris Tierney

via Daniel Mano of the Mercury News,

Draisaitl shoved his stick between the legs of Sharks center Chris Tierney in a cringe-inducing spearing that led to Draisatl’s five-minute major penalty and ejection.

“Just feel a stick groin in my groin, so obviously it doesn’t feel well at the time,” Tierney said after the Sharks’ 7-0 win. “Just kind of dropped and went to shake it off. Takes a couple minutes to recover from something like that. But felt OK the rest of the game.”


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Sharks Can’t Score In Oilers 1-0 Win

from Mark Purday of the Mercury News,

So what gives? Where are the goals? Where are the players who are supposed to get the goals? Logan Couture gets a break here because he is playing with a broken mouth. He threw off his full cage mask Sunday and seemed a little more effective. But you can’t count on him to be fully effective until he can at least eat a sandwich without wincing. But what about the other playoff scorers that Shark fans have known and loved over the years?

Where is Patrick Marleau? He’s playing decent defense like the rest of the Sharks but is still without a point in this series. He went shotless Sunday. He’s got to find a way to make more impact.

Where is Brent Burns? The league’s best defenseman during the regular season is finding it hard to get his booming shots from the point through to the net because the Oilers are crowding him and after getting eight shots on goal in Game 1 has recorded just two and three in the last two games, respectively. DeBoer noted that the Sharks have done a fairly good job of containing Oilers’ star Connor McDavid and that the Oilers are doing the same with Burns.

“If they’re going to concentrate on shutting down him, somebody else has to get the job done . . . just like them,” DeBoer said.

Where is Mikkel Boedker? Not even dressed, actually. It was also a bad night for the Sharks’ two biggest free agent signings from last offseason. Boedker, who was supposed to bring dynamic swiftness to the team, was scratched. Schlemko, who was supposed to provide steady defense and puck movement, made a shaky choice on one play and . . . well, we have covered that.


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The San Jose Sharks Failed To Take Advantage Of Their Power Play Opportunities

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

“We got what we probably deserved,” said captain Joe Pavelski. “And I was leading the way.”

Actually, the parade was pretty thick and didn’t need much leading.

But there was no “probably” about what the Sharks deserved.

And yes, Pavelski is correct in one respect. He did make the most visible mistake of his team’s Game 2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. On an evening when the Sharks had a man advantage on six occasions, they wound up being outshot by the Oilers 6-5 during those power plays and scored zero goals–while the Oilers scored two. Which is how the beloved Los Tiburones wound up losing one of the weirder disappointing playoff games in franchise history, 2-0.

Kassian appeared to throw his shoulder and chest area into Couture’s head and he went down in a heap. Couture popped up quickly, though, and kept going without seeming effect and even did an interview between the second and third periods for the Canadian network broadcasting the game.  Burns said it’s all part of the postseason package.

“It’s big-boy hockey,” Burns said. “Butr our guys are hanging in, sacrificing. That’s what playoff hockey is about.”

Kassian did not receive a penalty for his Couture hit. But the Oilers had plenty of other trips to the penalty box, which led to more and more frustration when the Sharks could not capitalize.

“We have to make them pay for taking liberties,” said Sharks coach Pete DeBoer. “We didn’t tonight.”

The problem is only compounded when a team doesn’t. If you don’t score on power play after power play–after your opponent is whistled for penalty after penalty–then the opponent in question will keep taking risks with physical hits because of the feeling that there will be no consequences for yet another whistle.


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The Minnesota Wild And Edmonton Oilers Need A Win

from Dan Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,

No reason for panic yet. At least that’s the approach the Minnesota Wild are taking after Wednesday’s disheartening playoff loss to the St. Louis Blues.

While the Wild might have thrown their best punch in Game 1 despite the loss — it’s hard to imagine them firing 52 shots on net again in this best-of-seven series — coach Bruce Boudreau implored his players to keep their heads up.

“You’re not looking at like, ‘Uh oh. There’s only three more games left,’ ” Boudreau said. “I think if we play that way and 10 percent better, then I think the results will be a little bit different. … We anticipate a long series.”


from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

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Video- Finally, Playoff Hockey Returned To Edmonton

Game introductions and O Canada.


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The Edmonton Oilers Express Their Feelings On The Eve Of Playoffs

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Going into the Oilers first home playoff game in 3,929 days, it was an enjoyable exercise Tuesday to take a tour of the room taking the temperature of the team that goes into Game 1 against the San Jose Sharks with a nine-game winning streak at home.

“What one word, one adjective, would you use to describe your feeling going into this series?” was the question your correspondent chose.

“Excitement,” said Cam Talbot.

“Nerves come into it a bit but I think for me it is more excitement than anything else. Everyone has been part of big games before and we’ve been playing playoff hockey for the past two week jockeying for position. I think if we just approach it as Game 83 of the regular season we’re going to be O.K. We don’t want to change anything going into it. We’ve been playing some good hockey of late. There’s no reason to change it just because it’s the playoffs now.”

“Excited” said coach Todd McLellan.

“It’s been a long time for our group, our organization and the city. We want guys to be relaxed and enjoy it. I know it’s going to be really noisy and a really exciting environment for the players to play.”

“Confident,” said Pat Maroon.


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Regular Season Individual Award Winners

NEW YORK (April 10, 2017) – The 2016-17 National Hockey League regular season concluded on Sunday with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid capturing his first career Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby claiming his second career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals winning his first career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals. 

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100 Points For Connor McDavid

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The draft day hype machine has grown so exponentially over the years that it has become nearly impossible for a young prospect to live up to his billing.

Then there is Connor McDavid, who exceeded his.

McDavid went into the Edmonton Oilers’ season finale Sunday with 98 points, yet among 18,347 fans at Rogers Place in Edmonton, there were likely 18,000 who would have bet their mortgage on McDavid having a two-point night.

He did it in style, waiting until late in the second period to collect an assist, then getting the second on a Leon Draisaitl goal at 1:50 of the third period, lifting the roof off the arena.


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Do You Consider The Edmonton Oilers A Legitimate Cup Contender?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

It’s beginning to look like the Stanley Cup Playoffs might not just be a place for this young team to dip its toe in the water.

"I think some people thought we weren’t going (to be able to play) with these teams come playoff time," Talbot said. "I think we have shown the last couple weeks, with playoff hockey against the big heavy teams we are going to have to go through. We have been able to come out on top."

"Ever since the calendar turned over to March, it has just seemed like everything is rolling in the right direction for us," echoed Lucic, who’s up to 19 goals now. "From the goaltending, to the defensive play, and guys stepping up offensively… Every game means so much. It’s a good spot for us to be in with four games left."...

It wasn’t supposed to happen this fast in Edmonton, but this team is big, fast and confident. And, they have the best player on the ice every night in McDavid.

Oilers fans might want to fasten their seat belts.


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The Edmonton Oilers Are In The Stanley Cup Playoffs

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Four thousand and two days.

But who’s counting, eh?

Well, how about the entire city of Edmonton and surrounding areas since the last time fans could stand up and shout to the rooftops “Hey, the Oilers are in the playoffs. Next stop, the Stanley Cup.”

OK, maybe not the second part of that. A Canadian team hasn’t won a Cup since 1993.

But at least the city can exhale now. The Oilers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Fan Appreciation Night at Rogers Centre, where they gave away patio sets and spin cycles as prizes, but the biggest prize was a post-season berth.

“You saw the excitement in the building. This means a lot, the fans have gone through probably one of the worst stretches you could imagine,” said Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who scored on a pass to Patrick Maroon that pin-balled off the skate of Derek Forbort and past L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick.


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