Instead, DeBoer sees the alternate captain's sluggish play as a product of missing the final seven games of the regular season after he took a puck to the mouth on March 25. "It keeps me in the game for sure", said McDavid.
But with the Oilers having a 2-1 series lead, the Sharks clearly need to find a way to get their top offensive stars going in Game 4, or risk having Tuesday's game be their last at SAP Center this season.
San Jose fired 44 shots on net in its 3-2 overtime win in the series opener, but totalled only 39 in its two losses. Neither team's big offensive producers have made a splash in the series so far. The Oilers carried more of the play and outshot the Sharks 12-4. "It's two teams playing tight defensively". A 2-1 lead already makes it uncomfortable for the Sharks.
"You can't say enough about him right now", Talbot said of Kassian. "He's playing at a new level".
"We have played well here, but it is a different animal in the playoffs", Connor McDavid said after the morning skate. Talbot is playing lights out.
While outshot 13-6 and outhit 32-14 over the first 20 minutes, Edmonton came away with two strong scoring chances of its own with McDavid in the middle of both, setting up Patrick Maroon on the doorstep at 7:28 and Mark Letestu on the power play at 19:15.
This game got better for the Oilers as time went on.
P.S. Here's a bonus thing I loved, the way Kris Russell played a unsafe San Jose two-on-one late in the first, with Russell daring Couture to pass but ready to pounce on that pass, and forcing a Grade B shot in the end. "I mean, we've given up less shots in the last two games combined than we did in the first game alone".
The Sharks have not scored since Melker Karlsson's overtime victor in Game 1.
Australia says it's ready to supply uranium to India
After the talks, PM Modi said, "Our bilateral mechanisms on counter-terrorism and transnational crimes are functioning well". He added, "Our trading relationship is delivering significant benefits to our respective nations".
Overall, Edmonton seemed to have plenty of pressure and had an effective forecheck.
"It was a one-goal game, a one-shot game".
"When you're on the road, you don't always get what you want", said McLellan. "We've got to create some offense, we've got to shoot the puck, we've got to score some goals".
Defenseman Brent Burns, the Sharks' points leader this season with 76, finished with three shots.
The return of Joe Thornton didn't pay immediate dividends.
Zack Kassian and the Edmonton Oilers turned the tables on the San Jose Sharks in Game Two of their playoff series, dominating them, even as the Sharks had thoroughly dominated the Oilers in Game One. Jones play has also been confounding - he's generally played solid for the greater part of the series, but the goals he has surrendered have nearly all been ones in which he would have like to have had back - his five hole become increasingly suspect.
The Sharks should also benefit from the 37-year-old's veteran leadership with 156 career playoff games entering Sunday. If the Sharks can't figure out their offensive impotence, it's going to be an early trip to the golf course for a team that just a few short months back was fighting for the President's Trophy. "He's delivered for three games straight".
"We'll keep trying, keep looking and keep fighting", Pavelski said.