The Edmonton Oilers scored two shorthanded goals and killed off six penalties in a 2-0 win over the San Jose Sharks Friday night at Rogers Place.
The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.
The Oilers came out storming in the first period, outhitting the Sharks 22-4 and outshooting them 9-6. However, the period ended scoreless.
Zack Kassian opened the scoring 42 seconds into the second. He took a pass from Mark Letestu and sped away on a shorthanded breakaway before flicking a shot past Martin Jones. Kassian was a physical presence all night long and inspired chants of “KASS-I-AN” from the Rogers Place faithful.
“He was unbelievable,” said captain Connor McDavid of Kassian. “He scored a big goal for us. It was his show tonight and we were happy following him.”
McDavid added another shorty with 9:29 left in the third. He came down the left wing and whizzed a shot through Jones’ five-hole.
The Oilers team record for shorthanded goals in a playoff game is three, set on April 17, 1983, in a 10-2 win over Calgary.
Cam Talbot made 16 saves for his first career playoff shutout. Jones made 34 stops.
“Now we know that once we get that lead we can lock it down, and we know what it takes to play that way,” said Talbot. “I think the other night we let the game get away from us a little bit and we weren’t doing the little things that make the difference. Tonight we did all those little things.”
Defenceman Oscar Klefbom blocked a shot in the third period and did not return to the game. Coach Todd McLellan said after the game that Klefbom indicated he’s OK.
Game three is in San Jose Sunday night. (jrw)