"If you stay with it and stay positive you will give yourself the chances". But they tilted the ice from the end of the first period and never relinquished control to the Oilers.
"We're disappointed with the way it went", said Sharks forward Joe Pavelski. "You could feel the energy right away; it was great". If I'm the Sharks, I look at the last forty minutes of play and think that I can let Thornton rest one more night.
Milan Lucic and Oscar Klefbom scored for the Oilers before 18,347 fans at sold-out Rogers Place. It's just that they're fully aware of what it'll take to see it through. The Oilers' previous visit to the playoffs was in 2006, when they got all the way to the Stanley Cup final.
The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1. "We did that tonight".
The Sharks rebounded, dominating play for long stretches in the second and third periods. Martin came from the back side and tapped in the tying goal.
"We are going to keep it and rules of the contest are you have to keep it at least a year and it had to be 75 percent teal", said Robert Beech of Los Gatos. We have a deep team. We were down by two, but I thought we were playing well.
The Edmonton couple won $336,995 in a record 50/50 jackpot in Game 1, Wednesday night.
"Our ingress for both the arena and Molson Hockey House was very smooth", said Andrea Goss, a manager for Rogers Place and the Oilers Entertainment Group. "They happened to score with two of their first three chances".
Game 2 goes Friday in Edmonton. However, San Jose centre Logan Couture returned to the lineup, albeit in a full-face cage. "I was just off with timing and stickhandling and making plays, receiving passes", the 28-year-old told reporters. "We're experiencing this for the first time in a decade. Tonight we did. It was a huge bounce-back game and a big confidence booster". "Playoffs are different. Until you actually experience it you don't know what to expect".
"I liked our start". Coach Todd McLellan said after the game that Klefbom indicated he's OK. The Oilers turned it off after the first period, scoring 0 goals and firing just nine shots in the second, third and overtime periods combined.
"They were able to grab the game and we were unable to grab it back".
It was obvious the Oilers wanted continue the physical play they displayed at times in Game 1.
"They were five or seven seconds ahead of us with every change, so they caught us exhausted a lot of times and took advantage of us, hemmed us in", McLellan said. "We just have to worry about ourselves and what we've got going on, knowing our details and assignments".
One possible factor in the Sharks' current lack of success on the power play is the absence of center Joe Thornton, who has been day-to-day with a knee injury suffered April 2. "He is looking really good this season".
"It doesn't matter where we were in March", DeBoer said.