The Sharks convincingly won Game 4
Tuesday night in San Jose the Sharks dismantled the Edmonton Oilers, winning 7-0 in a dominant performance, tying the series at 2 games a piece.
It took only 15 seconds for the first goal of the game to come from captain Joe Pavelski, and it was only the beginning. Pavelski would score another before the end of regulation, with Logan Couture also adding two tallies to the touchdown total for San Jose. Both teams set records during this game, with the Sharks scoring four powerplay goals, the most they’ve ever scored in a playoff game, followed by winning a game by a seven-goal margin. The biggest deficit San Jose had won by previously was six. The Edmonton Oilers also set a new record as they had never previously lost a playoff game by seven goals.
After stopping 39 of 39 shots in games 2 and 3 of the series, Cam Talbot was pulled from game 4 after allowing five goals on 24 shots, leaving backup goaltender Laurent Brossoit to take the heat at 12:52 of the second period. Martin Jones posted his fourth career playoff shutout and first of this year, stopping 23 of 23 shots.
To no one’s surprise, the Sharks were lead by captain Joe Pavelski and defenseman Brent Burns, who each scored three points on the night. Pavelski had two goals and an assist while Burns added three assists from the backend. Six different Sharks players had multi-point performances while twelve different Sharks recorded at least a point on the night.
For the Oilers, captain and Art Ross winner Connor McDavid was a -1 in 16:08 of ice time with 2 penalty minutes. Top ten NHL point scorer Leon Draisaitl delivered a nasty spear to San Jose’s Chris Tierney, receiving a 5-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. Given that a game misconduct was assessed and Draisaitl has no previous run-ins with the department of player safety, it is unlikely he will receive any supplemental discipline for the spear.
The Sharks and Oilers will each look to jump out to a 3-2 series lead on Thursday back in Edmonton for game 5. Cam Talbot is expected to start in goal once again, hoping to shake off the previous game and make a series out of it for the Oilers.
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