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5 Reasons: Why Sharks were eliminated

Inability of Brent Burns to score, injuries, power-play woes led to San Jose losing in first round

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- One year after reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history, the San Jose Sharks made a quick exit from the postseason.

The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Sharks in the Western Conference First Round, winning the best-of-7 series 4-2.

San Jose pushed the Pittsburgh Penguins to six games in the Final last year and hoped to take the final step and win the Stanley Cup this year. Instead, the Stanley Cup Playoffs ended for the Sharks with a 3-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6 on Saturday at SAP Center.

Here are 5 reasons the Sharks were eliminated:

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Connor McDavid made impact for Oilers without piling up points

Edmonton center drew attention of defense, drove play in first-round win against Sharks

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- The points may not have come as often as they did during the regular season, but center Connor McDavid was an impact player in the Edmonton Oilers' Western Conference First Round series victory against the San Jose Sharks, coach Todd McLellan said Sunday.

McDavid, the Oilers captain, had a team-high four points (two goals, one into an empty net in Game 6, and two assists) in the best-of-7 series Edmonton ended in six games with a 3-1 win at SAP Center on Saturday. The Oilers will play the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Second Round.

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5 Reasons: Why Oilers advanced

Play of Cam Talbot, ability to limit top players on Sharks helped Edmonton reach second round of playoffs

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Western Conference First Round series after qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 11 years.

With the exception of a 7-0 loss in Game 4, Edmonton was able to limit San Jose offensively and managed to get timely goals from different players throughout their lineup. Center Connor McDavid had four points (two goals, two assist), but was not the focal point offensively for the Oilers.

Here are 5 reasons the Oilers advanced to the second round:

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Sharks' window may have closed with Joe Pavelski's near miss

Forward hits crossbar, post with shot late in third period of Game 6 loss to Oilers

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- Joe Pavelski hit the crossbar and post on the same shot Saturday, twice an inch or so from scoring the 43rd Stanley Cup Playoff goal of his career and giving the San Jose Sharks a shot at extending their postseason run.

Fate, on this night, was especially unkind to the Sharks and their dynamic forward. Talk about painting the finest of lines -- the definition between winning and losing.

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Role players stepped up for Oilers

Zack Kassian, David Desharnais, Anton Slepyshev scored big goals in series win against Sharks

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- In a Western Conference First Round series so closely contested, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games with one unexpected advantage.

"Look at the four game-winners in the series," Oilers left wing Milan Lucic said. "Who scored them? [Zack] Kassian with two, [David] Desharnais and [Anton] Slepyshev. Not the guys you normally see or you would pick to get those goals. But you need those goals at this time of year and like I said, it just feels good."

Slepyshev had the game-winner on a second-period breakaway to help the Oilers to a 3-1 win in Game 6 at SAP Center on Saturday.

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Oilers fans pack Rogers Place, go wild after winning series

Sure, the clincher was played in San Jose, but Edmonton arena was still a sellout

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The Edmonton Oilers clinched their trip to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in San Jose, but their home stadium was still packed.

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Oilers advance with Game 6 win against Sharks

Cam Talbot makes 27 saves, Edmonton moves on to face Ducks in second round

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The Edmonton Oilers hung on for a series-ending 3-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Saturday.

Edmonton won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.

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5 Keys: Oilers at Sharks, Game 6

San Jose confident it can avoid elimination; Edmonton trying for first series win since 2006

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

OILERS at SHARKS

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, NBCSCA

Edmonton leads best-of-7 series 3-2

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Edmonton TV catches celebration after Oilers' OT goal

News report captures fan reaction outside Rogers Place after David Desharnais' winner

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The Edmonton Oilers timed their game-winning goal perfectly.

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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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