The San Jose Sharks will return home following a 2-0 shutout loss to the Edmonton Oilers in Game 2 at Rogers Place Friday.
The Sharks and Oilers were back in action as they faced each other in Game 2. This time, the game was in favor of Edmonton. Cam Talbot made 16 saves and earned his first NHL playoff shutout.
The Oilers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Zack Kassian skated in alone on a breakaway and buried a wrist shot for a short-handed goal just 42 seconds into the opening period.
Shots were 9-6 in favor of the Oilers, who led the Sharks 1-0 after 20 minutes.
No goals were scored in the second period. The Oilers outshot the Sharks 21-16 and held a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes.
A breakout star extended the Oilers’ lead with 9:29 left in the third period. Connor McDavid scored his first NHL playoff goal. McDavid stole the puck, raced in on net and ripped a wrist shot past Martin Jones’ five-hole for a short-handed goal. With the goal, McDavid’s point streak extended to 16 games dating back to March 14.
The Sharks lost 2-0 to the Oilers in Game 2. Jones made 34 saves in a losing effort for San Jose.
“Scoring on our power play would have been nice,” Sharks defenseman Brent Burns told NHL.com. “We just need to work through it. It’s frustrating, obviously. We need to communicate better and help each other. We need to get better there. That was the difference in the game, it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out.”
The series is now tied 1-1.
Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer told NHL.com: “Going into the third period, we were only down 1-0. I thought from a road perspective, we still had a chance to win the game. Those are games when you go on playoff runs, you find a way to get a power-play goal or someone steps up and makes a play, and it didn’t happen tonight.”
Scratched: Kevin Labanc, Dylan DeMelo, Michael Haley
Injured: Joe Thornton (knee)
The Sharks return to San Jose to host the Oilers in Game 3 Sunday at 7:00 p.m. PST on NBCSN, SN, TVAS and NBCSCA.