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Goals galore in Sharks Game 4 win
SJ unloads on Edmonton in 7-0 win
4/18/17 - By Mike Lee -

After failing to score in their last 120 minutes of hockey, the Sharks erupted on Tuesday night in Game 4 of their Western Conference Quarter Final series with the Edmonton Oilers. San Jose rose to another level after falling behind 2-1 in the series by scoring 7 goals in their own shutout victory at SAP Center. Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored two goals each to lead San Jose, who tied the series with the Oilers at 2-2.

San Jose's offense had been AWOL entering Tuesday night's game, but they made their presence felt for 60 minutes. The special teams play arrived in a big way as the Sharks scored four times on the power play. It also helped get some of their key players into the right mind set. Several had been absent from the score sheet through the first three games in the series, but this was an awakening.

The Sharks wasted no time jumping on the Sharks, scoring 15 seconds into the game, to set a franchise record for fastest playoff goal. Pavelski finally made his presence felt in the series by scoring his first goal of the series. The Sharks captain got his stick blade on a Justin Braun shot that deflected downwards, then bouncing past Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot.

The goal was important in that it gave the Sharks their first lead of the series (other than Melker Karlsson's game winner in Game 1), and it got Pavelski and Marleau on the score sheet. Both would do more damage later in the game, but Pavelski's opening tally seemed to loosen everyone up.

A Kris Russell hooking penalty at the midpoint of the period setup the first of six Sharks power play's on the night. San Jose finally got the special teams play in gear on the ensuing man advantage. Logan Couture scored the first of his two goals on the night at 11:02. The forward took a partially deflected feed from Pavelski through the slot then lifted the puck over Talbot's left shoulder for the sharks first power play goal since Game 1.

Zach Kassian took a delay of game penalty with 5 seconds left in the period, which carried over into the 2nd period. That penalty became a bigger problem for Edmonton when Connor McDavid was whistled for interference 51 seconds into the next frame. That setup a shot 5-on-3 power play for San Jose, but the Sharks couldn't convert with the two Oiler forwards in the net. They would once Kassian stepped back on the ice however.

Patrick Marleau added to his assist earlier in the game by banging home a shot at 2:02 to push the Sharks lead to 3-0 on another power play tally. Marleau sniped a shot from the top of the left circle after receiving a Brent Burns feed.

San Jose was just getting started in the period. Rookie Marcus Sorensen slipped a rebound past Talbot after David Schlemko fired a shot off the Oilers goaltender from long range. Sorensen was lurking around the front of the net when the rebound kicked right to his stick. It was a done deal after his momentum carried him past Talbot for the easy deposit.

With all the pucks flying past Oiler goaltenders, it was easy to forget about Martin Jones performance in net for the Sharks. The goaltender stopped all 23 shots he faced on the night, but none was bigger than his save on a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shot in the middle frame. The Oilers forward had a wide open net and with Jones out at the top of the crease, it looked as if it was a done deal, but Jones reached back with his left arm and deflected the shot with his forearm to preserve the shutout.

Edmonton decided it was time to start collecting a goon tax after they fell behind by the four goals. They focused on Couture, who suffered a facial injury at the end of the regular season. They repeatedly hit the Sharks forward up high, but he responded by scoring his second goal of the night. Jannik Hansen setup the goal with a beautiful pass from the right end boards, fending off two Oiler defenders to make the feed to Couture at the right dot. Couture snapped that feet past Talbot to make it a 5-0 game.

That would be the end of Talbot night, having surrendered the 5 goals on just 24 shots. Laurent Brossoit filled in for the Oilers starter, but would fare no better.

The barrage irritated the Oilers enough to induce more stupidity on the ice. Leon Draisaitl decided to take out his frustration on Chris Tierney by spearing the Sharks forward between the legs. Draisaitl would earn a 5-minute spearing major and a game misconduct that would end his evening.

The infraction led to yet another Sharks power play goal. Pavelski scored his 2nd of the night by tipping a Brent Burns shot past Brossoit from the left side of the net. Burns shot sailed between Marleau's skates before hitting Pavelski's stick. The assist was Burn's third of the night.

The first 40 minutes had passed and the Oilers were hit by a truck.

Edmonton was ready to hit the charter flight back home, but there was still another period to play.

Darnell Nurse put his team down a man for the 7th time in the game after he lifted a stick under Pavelski's chin.

Schlemko converted on the chance, scoring his first playoff goal as a Shark at 6:45 to cap the game's scoring. The defenseman let a shot fly from the high slot beating Brossoit.

Game Notes:

* Jerry Rice opened the locker room door before the game. It was fitting that the Sharks scored 7 on the night they had the NFL legend kick off the evening.

* In addition to the 4 power play goals the Sharks scored, their special teams were also a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. The Oilers could have easily turned the game had they converted on their special teams chances.

* Joe Thornton sat a majority of the 3rd period, skating only three shifts in the period.

* Twelve Shark players recorded points led by Pavelski and Burns, who had three points each.


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1 2 3 T
EDM 0 0 0 0
SJ 2 4 1 7
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 1 (Braun, Marleau), 0:15. 2, SJ, Couture 1 (Pavelski, Burns), 11:02, (pp).
2nd period - 3, SJ, Marleau 1 (Burns), 2:02, (pp). 4, SJ, Sorensen 1 (Schlemko, Ward), 9:46. 5, SJ, Couture 2 (Hansen, Ward), 12:52. 6, SJ, Pavelski 2 (Burns, Thornton), 16:46, (pp).
3rd period - 7, SJ, Schlemko 1 (Hertl), 6:45, (pp).
1st period - Russell, EDM (hooking), 9:59; Martin, SJ (interference), 12:14; Kassian, EDM (delay of game), 19:55.
2nd period - McDavid, EDM (interference), 0:51; Draisaitl, EDM (spearing), 13:44; Draisaitl, EDM (game misconduct), 13:44; Maroon, EDM (cross checking), 19:23; Hertl, SJ (high sticking), 19:54.
3rd period - Karlsson, SJ (interference), 2:13; Nurse, EDM (high sticking), 5:48; Karlsson, SJ (tripping), 9:53; Bench, EDM (too many men), 11:29.
Shots Saves
EDM - Talbot 24 19
EDM - Brossoit 8 6
SJ - Jones 23 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
EDM 12 5 6 23
SJ 14 15 3 32
Power Play Conversion
EDM 0 of 4
SJ 4 of 8
3 Stars of the Game
Logan Couture
Joe Pavelski
Martin Jones
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: Rooney, StLaurent. Linesmen: Cherrey, Pancich.
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