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Oilers show mental toughness entering Game 6

After rallying for OT win, can eliminate Sharks on Saturday

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- More signs that the Edmonton Oilers are building resilience showed up when they rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series on Thursday.

Leading the best-of-7 series 3-2, the Oilers can eliminate the Sharks with a win in Game 6 at SAP Center on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, NBCSCA).

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David Desharnais envisioned himself a Game 5 hero

Visualization technique worked for Oilers forward, who scored in overtime against Sharks

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- David Desharnais knows he was brought to the Edmonton Oilers prior to the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline to fill a support role.

That didn't stop him from envisioning himself as a hero in the Oilers' first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006.

The 30-year-old from Laurier-Station, Quebec, made it come true with the overtime winner in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round series against the San Jose Sharks, lifting the Oilers to a 4-3 victory at Rogers Place on Thursday and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

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Drake Caggiula will play on Oilers top line with Connor McDavid

Edmonton seeking offensive spark in Game 5 against Sharks following shutout

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers changed their top line for Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Place on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, NBCSCA), following the worst loss in their Stanley Cup Playoff history.

Rookie Drake Caggiula will play with center Connor McDavid and right wing Leon Draisaitl, one game after San Jose won 7-0 at SAP Center to tie the best-of-7 series 2-2.

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Oilers need to be more disciplined in Game 5

Must stay out of penalty box after allowing four power-play goals to Sharks on Tuesday

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers were feeling good about themselves when they took a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference First Round after shutting out the San Jose Sharks in Games 2 and 3.

A young team with little playoff experience had impressively commanded its nerves and learned quickly that the Stanley Cup Playoffs require attention to defense and responsible play. The Oilers were in sync while bottling up the Sharks, and goalie Cam Talbot was spectacular in 2-0 and 1-0 wins.

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Sharks ride momentum from early goal to big Game 4 win

Joe Pavelski scores 15 seconds in to end drought, help even series against Oilers

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- The floodgates opened wide for the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Tuesday.

It was as shocking as it was dramatic and can all be traced back to one thing -- a deflection goal by captain Joe Pavelski 15 seconds into Game 4.

Six more goals later, the Sharks had a 7-0 victory against the Edmonton Oilers to tie their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series at 2-2.

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Stanley Cup Playoff postcard: San Jose

NHL.com's Tim Campbell appreciates city's playoff passion, remembers early days of Sharks

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- Getting back to the "Shark Tank" for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series between the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers on Sunday reminded me why I liked this matchup so much.

I've long had an affinity for San Jose and SAP Center, and it's turned out to be a good instinct.

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Adam Larsson remains unheralded for Oilers

Defenseman key piece to Edmonton's return to playoffs, 2-1 lead in first round against Sharks

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- Buy-in, and having the right players in position to do it, go a long way toward explaining how the Edmonton Oilers have gone ahead 2-1 in the Western Conference First Round against the San Jose Sharks.

No member of the Oilers fits this storyline better than defenseman Adam Larsson, still largely unheralded in the grand scope of how Edmonton has transformed from also-rans into a Stanley Cup Playoff team in a very short space of time.

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Cam Talbot in top form against Sharks

Gets second straight shutout for Oilers in first postseason as No. 1 goalie

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- Cam Talbot's regular season as the NHL's busiest goalie, making 73 starts, provided many clues that he was an 'A' student.

He figured out how to handle the workload as the Edmonton Oilers No. 1 goalie. He managed his work and his rest and had a 42-22-8 record in helping the Oilers finish second in the Pacific Division.

Now the 29-year-old from Caledonia, Ontario, has aced another exam.

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Joe Thornton in Sharks lineup for Game 3

Center missed first two games of series against Oilers with knee injury

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton made his 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Edmonton Oilers at SAP Center on Sunday.

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Joe Thornton wants to take warmup for Sharks

Injured forward remains game-time decision for Game 3 against Oilers

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- Injured San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton wants to take the warmup prior to Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday (10 p.m.; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, NBCS CA) but will check with coach Pete DeBoer first.

"After yesterday with the day off, I wanted to do something light and just kind of feel a little bit fresher today," Thornton said. "So hopefully it responds good and I'll be able to play tonight."

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