Desharnais scores late in OT to lift Oilers over Sharks, 4-3

Desharnais scores late in OT to lift Oilers over Sharks, 4-3

Goals from Oilers' Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev in the second period, in addition to Connor McDavid's empty net goal late in the third period, secured the win for Edmonton to advance to the next round.

Marleau scored 27 goals this season and played a stronger overall game as evidenced by his improving plus-minus from negative 22 to four.

The three goal scorers in the clincher are among the nine skaters on the Oilers who are younger than 25 and had been nearly entirely untested in the rigors of the postseason.

At 37 years old, Joe Thornton is still in desperate pursuit of his first Stanley Cup title. Joe Pavelski had four points in the first five games, but three of them came in Game 4.

I think it goes without saying that Nugent-Hopkins has had a rough season offensively.

The Oilers kept saying they'd learned a lesson after the blowout in Game 4. The Leafs have been game in trying to come back, but actually getting and maintaining a lead would be far better for their chances, strangely enough. Penalties were a big stumbling block for the Oilers, especially after they allowed a barrage of power-play goals in Game 4, and they at least partially had Edmonton fans uneasy watching their team try to hold an early 2-0 lead in Game 6 on Saturday night. They have made the Sharks one of the league's top teams during their time together, getting to the Stanley Cup Final a year ago and making two other trips to the conference final together.

Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the interest around the league should be interesting. "They were all over us with their big bodies along the goal line, trying to wear us down" said Talbot.


"The playoff pundits will tell you the toughest (game) to win is that final one". The Sharks say Thornton will have the operation Monday and there is no timetable for when he will be healthy again. "It's just a reality".

This should turn out to be the must watch series of the second round. It started when Oscar Klefbom blocked Justin Braun's point shot and Adam Larsson sprung Draisaitl on a breakaway.

Throwing out Game 4, a 7-0 Sharks rout, Ward and Mikkel Boedker each had a goal and an assist, Donskoi had two assists and Hertl, Jannik Hansen and Chris Tierney each had one assist in six games. "The respect level that I have for those two guys is just through the roof".

Marleau did beat Talbot in the third period after taking a cross-crease feed from Couture to make it 2-1. To make things more intense, the Oilers took a poor late too-many-men penalty that almost took the game into overtime.

"Every series has a favourite and an underdog", said head coach Todd McLellan.

"It's a razor-thin edge, and we've been on the wrong side of it a couple of these games", said DeBoer.

"We're watching this team grow up right in front of us".

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