Edmonton Oilers Defeat Sharks, Advance to Second Round

Some fans at SAP Center stood and cheered.

The San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) reacts as the Sharks fall behind 2-0 against the Edmonton Oilers in the second period of Game 6 of the NHL Western Conference quarterfinals at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, April 22, 2017. General manager Doug Wilson said Thornton was scheduled to undergo surgery on the injuries Monday. This series will be a defensive struggle and will go to who can get enough bounces and manufacture enough goals.

The Oilers were 3-2 against the Ducks this season, with two of the wins coming on the road.

The Oilers advance to face the Anaheim Ducks in the second round. This will be the first playoff meeting for these two teams. It started when Oscar Klefbom blocked Justin Braun's point shot and Adam Larsson sprung Draisaitl on a breakaway.

The first three minutes of the second period were a microcosm of the game, with the Oilers able to take advantage of their opportunities and the Sharks unable to capitalize on any of their own.

The Oilers came out fast, looking like the team that rallied for the overtime win in Game 5 instead of the one that got embarrassed in Game 4.

If Patrick Marleau had the sole decision, he would stick around and sign a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks. Anton Slepyshev pounced on the loose puck in the neutral zone, skated in all alone on Jones and scored low blocker side for his first point of the series. They also couldn't see results right away, and therefore struggled to get too much on goal. Talbot saved them at least once, when the Oilers turned the puck over in front of him while they were on a power play. He held the Sharks to one or fiewer goals in half of the games.

However, Connor McDavid's line spent time taking care of matters on the ice, and in turn, it was the captain who ensured the victory with his empty netter with less than a second remaining in regulation time.

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Thornton's production fell a bit this season.

Jannik Hansen's backhand shot after a nice pass from Tierney drifted wide. "If it's not the case, I'm playing with Kass and Testy, and I do a really good job with them". He's an Oiler through and through, just like Maroon is.

Coach Peter DeBoer said Thornton played against the Edmonton Oilers with torn medial colateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee.

"It's different. There's no hiding from that", DeBoer said Saturday morning of the team's approach going into Game 6. But we've been here before.

A late goal sent the game to the wire before Leon Draisaitl nearly won it into an empty net and Connor McDavid finally did into an empty net.

"We've been here before. But you need those goals at this time of year and like I said, it just feels good". As an aside, based on the way 97 abused the Sharks all year it never should have concerned them much. More than 18,000 people paid a $5 admission fee, with proceeds going to charity, to watch the game. Jones entered Saturday with a.939 save percentage. Come on, you know that's worth the price of admission and then some, a Selke Trophy candidate trying to shut down (and get under the skin of) the Oilers' franchise superstar sophomore who was the league's leading scorer.

The Sharks stumbled at the end of the season. Joe Pavelski had four points in the first five games, but three of them came in Game 4.

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