After a disappointing overtime loss in the opener, the young Edmonton Oilers proved to be quick learners.
San Jose Sharks' Melker Karlsson (68) and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) vie for the puck during the first period of Game 1 of the first-round playoff series Wednesday in Edmonton, Alberta.
During the last Oilers playoff run in 2006, street riots became a nightly affair. By the end of the second period fans were chanting "Kass-ee-ann! Kass-ee-ann!" "As a group we wanted to have a good bounce-back game", Kassian said.
"We've been through a lot together", said Burns. My linemates played well.
"He's a big boy", McDavid said of Meier. "It was his show tonight". The Oilers missed the playoffs in each of the last 10 years. The Oilers ended up losing 3-2 in overtime but Gretzky says he's happy to see playoff hockey back in Edmonton. San Jose when 0-for-16 with the man advantage during the regular season series.
McDavid went No. 1 overall to Edmonton after the Oilers won the 2015 draft lottery. "I think this year we are going to get even closer and get it".
"What we're really concentrating on is how do we get more and more Oilers fans a chance to be part of this and in Rogers Place?". Game 2 is Friday in Edmonton, with the Sharks now having a chance to take a stranglehold on the first round series.
Skating in his first National Hockey League playoff game, just like McDavid was, Meier had an impressive Game 1 on Wednesday, being physical on the forecheck and creating scoring opportunities.
Through two games in the first round, the Sharks have experienced the best of times and the worst of times. "Guys might have been nervous the first game", the second-year star said. "I definitely felt a little nervous heading in".
Thornton has been skating in practice, and head coach Peter DeBoer has said he expects Thornton to return at some point in the series.
"It was a tale of two games", he said.
"You don't get many shots from your the neutral zone or your end, so it's as simple as that", McLellan said.
In the third period, Caggiula had broken a stick on a breakaway that could have given the Oilers a late lead.
Letestu promptly passed it to a streaking Kassian, who barreled in alone and fired a wrist shot low past Jones' blocker.
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.
The game saw the Oilers jump out to a 2-0 first-period lead only for the veteran Sharks to come back and tie the game with just over 15 minutes to play.
The Sharks' power play has suffered from the absence of dominant centre Joe Thornton.
That doesn't come as a big surprise to the Sharks or coach Pete DeBoer. Rogers Place erupted when Oscar Klefbom, a defenceman who sat out nearly two-thirds of last season after contracting a staph infection, whistled a wrist shot past Martin Jones 6 minutes and 44 seconds into the game.