Melker Karlsson scored 3:22 into overtime giving the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night at Rogers Place.
The Sharks take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven first round series.
Oscar Klefbom scored the Oilers first playoff goal since June 17, 2006, when his centring pass deflected in off Sharks defenceman David Schlemko. The goal came 6:44 into the game. After killing off two penalties, the Oilers went on a power play and made the Sharks pay. Milan Lucic pumped a mid-range shot past Martin Jones, and the Oilers were up 2-0 after two.
San Jose scored on the power play 1:43 into the second period when Joel Ward slammed in a goal mouth pass.
The Sharks dominated the third period, outshooting the Oilers 18-3 and tying the game at 5:22 on a goal by Paul Martin.
The Sharks continued to control the play in the extra period. Karlsson wired a shot past Cam Talbot’s blocker to win it.
Karlsson says it all happened pretty fast.
“I don’t know what happened, I got a little space there. (Pavelski) made the pass, saw me going in the middle, a half break away. It was nice.”
Talbot made 41 saves while Jones stopped 17 pucks. Lucic had a goal and an assist. Connor McDavid had an assist, giving him at least a point in 15 straight games including the regular season.
Head coach Todd McLellan says they’ll be focusing on getting better in their own end for game two.
“You don’t get many shots from your the neutral zone or your end, so it’s as simple as that,” McLellan said. “If we don’t come out clean, and come through the neutral zone with good puck support and a little bit of tempo, we’re not going to get the shots. It doesn’t matter. So, the last place we’re going to start is the offensive zone. We’ll start in ours and work our way out.”
Jordan Eberle picked up an assist on the first goal of the game.
He says they got into penalty trouble.
“You put a dangerous power play like them out there, and obviously they’re going to get chances and create momentum,” Eberle said. “For us, it’s tough to get some flow. The guys who kill play a lot of minutes and the guys who don’t, don’t. We couldn’t find a way to get back and do some rolling. It just seemed the last two periods we were just hanging on.”
Joel Ward says his team stuck with the process.
“We gained some momentum. We were down by two, but I thought we were playing well. They had two chances, a couple of good bounces, but I thought we were still playing well we just needed a little bit of a lift and it was good to put one home and start it off for the fellas.”
“Let’s Go Oilers” chants filled Rogers Place for much of the night, starting before the team was even on the ice for the pre-game warm-up. Country music star Brett Kissel sang the American anthem. Oilers anthem singer Robert Clark stood in the crowd for the Canadian anthem. The crowd joined in immediately with Clark holding out the microphone to let the fans finish the song themselves. It was a gesture in honour of the late Paul Lorieau and his anthems from the 2006 playoffs.
Game two is at Rogers Place Friday night. (jrw)