Sharks beat down Edmonton 7-0 in game four

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Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice, and Brent Burns notched three assists in a 7-0 San Jose romp that evened its first round series with the Oilers at two games apiece.

"We're learning as we go", Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said of the Oiler experience in the Game Four. Certainly Talbot does not bear sole responsibility for the loss because he had no appreciable defensive help.

The Sharks were held to 10 shots over the final two periods and didn't even get a shot on goal on a pair of power-play chances as Thornton's return was unable to change San Jose's fortunes.

After enduring multiple long stretches without recording a shot on goal in games two and three the Sharks clearly game planned to avoid repeating this particular mistake. During the barrage, Patrick Marleau, Mr. Shark himself, planted one in the back of the net with an absolute snipe over Talbot's glove side shoulder to give San Jose a second power play goal and a three, nil lead. Edmonton was able to kill off the abbreviated two man advantage, but shortly after Kassian's penalty expired the Sharks started teeing off on Talbot.

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Thornton returned to play on the top power play unit, but the Sharks' problems persisted as they wee unable to set up in the Oilers' zone for any significant amount of time. "I don't think it's a secret that as our key guys are getting healthier and feeling better we're starting to look better in that area".

TSN's Darren Dreger spoke with a member of the San Jose ice crew who said he routinely turns the lights on when visiting teams want to practice early.

"You can't say enough about him right now", Talbot said.

Edmonton played neither well nor smart, and lost its composure more and more as the wheels came off. Draisaitl was ejected with the Oilers trailing 5-0 in the second period after spearing Chris Tierney between the legs. Once that first puck went in, a bag of goals followed.

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"There's a mandate here in San Jose, effective Game 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs Round 1", Dreger said. NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice opened the dressing room to lead the Sharks on the ice to start the game. The top line came to life with Marleau skating on Thornton and Pavelski's left wing, a trio that found success together during the first half of the season. The Sharks split the first two games of the series in Edmonton without Thornton. "I took another step tonight".

Two weeks after suffering a left knee injury, Thornton made a dramatic return to the lineup Sunday for the Sharks in their first home playoff game since June 12 of previous year when Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins were awarded the Stanley Cup.

San Jose's power play was just 1-for-14 in the series through the first three games, after finishing 25th in the league in the regular season.

Oilers fans cheering on the team during Game 3 in San Jose.

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"Tonight was a big lesson to learn", McLellan said, per NHL.com. "It's a game of mistakes and that winds up in the net". But the fact that they have overcome their imperfections and put themselves in the driver's seat against the defending Western Conference champions bodes pretty well for their future, both in the short- and long-term.

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