Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Oilers take series in six!


"I think this is a Stanley Cup-caliber team and I think I'm a little bit older and I realize how good this team is".

After dominating the overtime in their Game 5 win, the Oilers picked right up from there and controlled the play in the opening period of Game 6. The Blues will take on the Nashville Predators in the 2nd round. Pittsburgh will either be playing the Washington Capitals or the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Oilers were then assessed for a too-many-men infraction with 4:57 left, and San Jose was in full attack. Zack Kassian scored the winning goals in Games 2 and 3. Zach Parise helped Minnesota keep Blues fans on the edge of their seats at one point, but three consecutive 2-1 St. Louis decisions, fueled by Allen's 174 combined saves, hardly had the Wild looking like the Western Conference elites they once appeared to be. To make things more intense, the Oilers took a poor late too-many-men penalty that almost took the game into overtime. It was the first postseason goal for each of them.

Magnus Paajarvi scored the OT victor as the Blues enacted some revenge for Mike Yeo, upsetting the Wild in 5 games. The schedule for the series has not yet been announced.

Despite a valiant effort throughout a closely contested series, a shaky start to the second period led to a 3-1 loss against the Edmonton Oilers, derailing any hopes of the Sharks continuing their playoff run, let alone returning to the Stanley Cup Finals. The first game will take place on Anaheim's home ice, but the series schedule has not yet been announced. That's my job obviously. "Nothing but respect for these guys in here and the way they competed".

"Hockey players are a different breed. It's a good learning experience for me". The Sharks lost with a score of 3-1. The third goal was courtesy of an empty netter by Derek Stepan. "You need things to go right at times, getting key goals".

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"But I think most people still consider us the underdogs", said Talbot.

After struggling through the first part of the series, David Desharnais scored in OT to lift the Edmonton Oilers. "But he's one of our top guys, he's one of the faces of the franchise and he had a big night tonight".

They had Talbot to hold the fort after two shutouts earlier in the series and held his breath when Pavelski's shot clanged off the iron and they were going with just five defencemen, including two kids in Matt Benning and Darnell Nurse, in the third. And in the Rangers' case, that means either the Ottawa Senators or Boston Bruins.

It never materialized the same way for the Sharks against the Oilers, as DeBoer tweaked his lines throughout the series to try and get something going. Even after 6 games it's not enough to take on its own and project forward with (we have a whole season's data that would suffice), but it does give a better indication how these players fared over the course of the series.

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