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Coach Todd McLellan believes Game 6 will be the "biggest challenge" the Oilers have encountered

by Paul Gazzola /

It's not going to be easy.

But the Oilers can punch their ticket to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with one more win against the San Jose Sharks.

"It is the biggest challenge and the playoff pundits will tell you the toughest one to win is the final one," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "Teams that are playing right now have a very high belief system regardless of where they are in the series."

Adding to the difficulty is the environment. Edmonton will play in the loud and uninviting SAP Center. The Shark Tank was the setting of their 7-0 loss in Game 4.

The Orange & Blue did win Game 3 in the Sharks' barn and twice more during the regular season, though.

"It's a hostile place to play in that arena," said McLellan. "We have had some success but the important thing for us is to be ready to play. I believe we've learned our lesson following Game 4 and we know they're going to have a push."

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