Edmonton Oilers Defeat Sharks, Advance to Second Round

Two breakaway goals less than a minute apart Saturday night proved to be the difference as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 and advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In that contest, San Jose chased Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot after he surrendered five goals in less than 33 minutes. The veteran center still is chasing his first championship, which narrowly evaded him last season when the Sharks were topped by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup final.

Edmonton Oilers left wing Anton Slepyshev (42) celebrates after scoring a goal with teammate Benoit Pouliot (67) during the second period against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Saturday, .

An Edmonton woman wearing a San Jose Sharks jersey says she was assaulted by Edmonton Oilers fans outside a bar on Jasper Avenue Thursday night.

For the Sharks to force a Game 7, they'll need goaltender Martin Jones to excel again. Lundqvist has the advantage over the Blues' Allen when it comes to pure name recognition, but he still backed up his notoriety with production for the Rangers during a 3-1 series-winning victory on Saturday, which - believe it or not - came right at Madison Square Garden.

Marleau did get the puck past Talbot at 12:12 of the third period after taking a cross-crease feed from Couture to make it a 2-1 game. I still have a soft spot for a lot of the players in San Jose and they gave us a hell of a series. They will face Anaheim.

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. "Until I think I can't do that anymore, I'll cross that bridge when we get there". This organization needed this and I think we deserve it.

They have been two of the league's most prolific players during their tenure, with Marleau scoring his 500th career goal this season and Thornton recording his 1,000th assist. "We have had some success, but the important thing for us is to be ready to play (tonight)". He set up Draisaitl's goal, had four hits and countless times he won battles for pucks inside the Oilers end.

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The Sharks almost got the equalizer on a late power play, but Joe Pavelski's backhand attempt hit the cross bar and post.

"It feels unreal right now, especially how we won", said Klefbom.

It's not only a game-winner... it's a series-winner.

"Great stepping stone for us", he said. Game 6 might have been the last time they'll be on the same team.

Thornton downplayed the injury before the team announced the severity of what he played through and the surgery, calling it simply "the normal stuff that hockey players deal with" at this time of the season.

But Edmonton also had nine players score in the first round.

For the Sharks, this could be the beginning of a lot of changes for them.

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