Thornton returns to lineup for Sharks in Game 3 vs. Oilers


The big winger who scored just seven times in 79 games during the regular season had his second straight winning goal in the playoffs on Sunday night as the Oilers edged San Jose, 1-0, at the SAP Center. They can send the series back to Edmonton either tied at 2 or with a 3-1 Oilers lead.

San Jose's first and only other power play came almost 17 minutes into the scoreless opening period. "We didn't in Game 2". It should also be noted that the Oilers are now 1 for 8.

All ambiguity on Thornton's has been removed, and he will immediately resume centering the No. 1 line for San Jose.

"We're confident in him back there", Edmonton forward Jordan Eberle said. Could we seriously consider them capable of making a deep playoff run?

The Sharks, who haven't scored since Melker Karlsson's overtime victor in Game 1, managed only one shot in the final 1:47 with Jones pulled for an extra attacker. The San Jose Sharks got an immediate boost from the return of veteran Joe Thornton to the line-up.

It didn't matter. Kassian did the Sharks in again.

Edmonton turned the tables in terms of territorial dominance while enjoying a 12-4 advantage in shots during the second period, but the game remained scoreless after 40 minutes.

Later in the power play, Couture had a shot attempt intercepted, and the Oilers carried it out of the zone. San Jose continued to apply pressure but couldn't even it up.

The Oilers held their own in a scoreless opening period against a Sharks team determined to show their lacklustre performance in Game 2 was an aberration.

On Sunday, there were a few games within the game and McLellan was ready to manage.

"Settle in", said Sharks coach Pete DeBoer. Obviously we want to get that fixed.

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As we all know: If you don't shoot, you don't score.

Defenseman Brent Burns, the Sharks' points leader this season with 76, finished with three shots. "Lucky for me, I got a stick on it and tried to settle it down and shot it on net".

The Oilers themselves didn't end the night as winners.

"We're shutting down McDavid. He's done well limiting the chances we've given them". "And I thought she was joking at first but it was her and then the dad came down 10 minutes later".

"Our fans have been so patient, so passionate and to be able to reward them with playoffs in our first year in Rogers Place, just looking around here, it couldn't be better".

Shots: Nugent-Hopkins 11, Letestu 9, Kassian 9, Klefbom 7, McDavid 6, Maroon 6RNH has led the club with 5 shots in each of the last two games. "We got what we probably deserved out there".

All in all, the Sharks have to be happy they're not in a 2-0 hole.

"It's sure not about me, I can tell you that much".

"As a group we wanted to have a good bounce-back game", Kassian said. "Oh man, I couldn't even say anything to them - it was surreal". "He's getting rewarded, it's good to see".

He's still being considered a game-time decision, but my guess is he gives it a go. Offensively, that's the area we've to concentrate on.