Stanley Cup Playoffs & San Jose Sharks game #2 wrap: Short handed goals help shutout Sharks 2-0; Series even at 1-1

April 14, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

~ (Picture from The Mercury News by Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~The Edmonton Oilers scored two shorthanded as San Jose was shutout 2-0 Friday in Game 2. Zack Kassian got his first goal of the playoffs at 42 seconds in the first period short-handed with an assist by Mark Letestu his first of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. At 10:31 in the third period Connor McDavid scored the short-handed goal which was good enough for the evening’s scoring for the Oilers with assists from Darnell Nurse and Cam Talbot.

This was a 2-0 game in which the Sharks would not come back.

Edmonton scored on one third of the San Jose power plays in the game as they tied the series at one apiece. The pandemonious crowd celebrated their first playoff win since 2006.

The Oiler’s Cam Talbot made 16 saves in his first playoff shutout.

The Sharks got on the power play for the second time late in the first period. It went the wrong way when Zack Kassian scored 42 seconds into the second.

In the third, Edmonton outhit San Jose 15-4. Their 4-1 shot advantage became 8-1 after Edmonton emerged from their first power play of the game.

A Sharks’ Brent Burns’ shot hit Oscar Klefbom, who had to leave the game later.

Things went awry again with 21 seconds left in the Sharks’ second power play of the period. Connor McDavid, with Marc-Edouard Vlasic to his right, scored past goalie Martin Jones to make it 2-0.

San Jose had a close opportunity when Talbot was forced to make a save with 2:10 left to go in the game.

Game notes: The Oilers outhit the Sharks 41-21. San Jose outblocked Edmonton 25-16. The Sharks’ Justin Braun had six blocks. Kassian and Adam Larson had six hits apiece. Quotes from San Jose after the game included, “We’ve got to work hard and help each other out,” by Burns and “We’ve got to get back to #SJSharks hockey” by Brenden Dillon. San Jose will look to do just that when they head back to SAP Center, Game 3 on Sunday at 7pm.

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