Oilers beat Sharks to take first-round series in six games

Oilers beat Sharks to take first-round series in six games

Thornton, 37, played in 79 games for the Sharks this season, scoring seven goals and adding 43 assists.

Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev scored on breakaways in the opening minutes of the second period and the Oilers advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 3-1 victory in Game 6 over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

Draisaitl and Slepyshev each buried their chances for their first career playoff goals and the Oilers held off the Sharks after that to get the win in their first playoff series since getting to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006. The 29-year-old defenseman, who topped the National Hockey League during the regular season with 213 blocks, was overtaken for first place in the playoffs as San Jose's Justin Braun recorded a game-high 10 to increase his postseason total to 26.

They came in favoured against the Sharks, who were reeling from injuries and losses as the regular season wound down. However, Thornton returned for Game 3 and played the final four games of the six-game series won by the Oilers.

No question, save perhaps the futures of Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, will likely divide Sharks fans more than this one: is the Sharks' window closed? Klefbom's goal came with 2:46 left in the third period to tie the game 3-3. San Jose almost tied the game on a power play about four minutes later, but a shot by Joe Pavelski hit both the crossbar and a post.

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The Oilers dominated in overtime, outshooting San Jose 14-2, with Jones stoning Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from point-blank range before the Desharnais goal.

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"That's part of the game, I don't want to focus all on that", Wilson said of the team's injury woes.

If you're keeping score at home, the Montreal Canadiens are the last Canadian team to win it all in 1993. "If you're going to beat a really good team, you've got to seize those moments and we were unable to". Zack Kassian scored the winning goals in Games 2 and 3. 2 goals from Mats Zuccarello gave the Rangers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Anaheim swept Calgary in the first round and has posted a 15-0-3 record over its last 18 games. "But, yeah, (we were ) kind of dealt with those cards, are you're forced to play through some things".

He wasn't the only one playing hurt, either.

"The harder we play, the more we play, the better we're going to be for it down the road, but right now is important to this group as well". The St. Louis Blues, the Edmonton Oilers, and the New York Rangers are all moving on in their quest to win the coveted Stanley Cup. McLellan said the players didn't stay with the game plan.

"That's just the way hockey is", Thornton said.

The sequence began when Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom blocked a shot by Sharks defenceman Justin Braun and the puck was steered to Draisaitl.

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