Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton skates to the puck against the Arizona Coyotes

The Oilers were outshot 44-19.

The Edmonton Oilers shocked nearly everyone with their performance this season, and their playoff-opening series with the San Jose Sharks is the ideal matchup of youth battling experience. The win was even more surprising as the Sharks finished the season 1-22-1 when trailing after 2 periods.

The Oilers built a 2-0 lead in the first period as Milan Lucic, one of the team's few players with extensive playoff experience, recorded a goal and an assist. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. They had beaten the Sharks twice in the final week. Considering that Edmonton clocked in at fifth overall and you've got a huge special teams advantage (the teams had near-identical penalty-kill numbers).

Sharks centre Logan Couture, last year's leading scorer in the National Hockey League playoffs with 30 points, was back wearing a full protective shield as he made his return to the lineup in time for Game 1 after missing the final seven games of the regular season following taking a puck in the face.

FILE - At left, in a November 1, 2016, file photo, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) skates to the puck against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Glendale, Ariz. Jones, meanwhile, had a 2.16 GAA in last year's postseason.

Kassian scored early in the second period and McDavid notched the insurance goal midway through the third period.

A big reason the Sharks had a long run in the playoffs last season was that they got goals throughout the lineup. Karlsson's winning goal was a bit of bad luck for Edmonton - he was left open when Benoit Pouliot broke a stick.

On Kassian's goal, Brent Burns had left the puck for Joe Pavelski near the Oilers blue line.

And, other stars were held out of the Sharks' final game of the regular season, including defenseman Justin Braun, veteran forward Joel Ward and, most notably, captain Joe Pavelski, who tied for the team lead with 29 goals.

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"He dominated the game tonight".

The last time the Oilers qualified for the playoffs in 2006 they knocked off the Sharks in six games.

Joe Thornton experienced some unusual emotions when he was unable to dress for a playoff game for the first time in nearly 18 years. Couture had 25 goals and 27 assists in 73 games and Thornton seven goals and 43 assists in 79. Game notes The Oilers got a scare in the third period when Oscar Klefbom went down after blocking a shot.

The Sharks made the right adjustments, took back control in the 2nd and never looked back.

"MVP, MVP, MVP", 18,000 fans, a sea of orange, shouted in unison.

"But it's definitely not the recipe we're looking for, though, to have success, taking six penalties a game". They were ready to celebrate, and for a while, the fans did.

The Oilers really gained energy after that one, pressuring the Sharks, hitting everything that moved and doing to the Sharks exactly what the Sharks did to them in Game 1.

One fellow in the crowd stood gripping a sign.

"We continue to see a lot of people take the stairs to the main concourse and then try and exit through Ford Hall".



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