Despite a sizeable 7-0 loss in Game 4, the mindset of the Oilers on Wednesday morning was that of excitement for what is now a best-of-three series.
"It's 2-2. That's the only score that matters," stated Mark Letestu, adding that while losing 7-0 isn't ideal because of the confidence it gives the Sharks it's still now a three-game series with two games at Rogers Place.
"We didn't play we wanted to, losing 7-0 nothing really went our way. At the same time we've got to realize that we've probably strengthened an already strong belief system over there. Some guys have finally got some confidence that they can put the puck away. Our task is a little bit more difficult. That being said, we've played all year to get home-ice advantage and it's a best-of-three with two games at home. It's something our team should feel really good about."
Letestu added that the team all season long has done a great job bringing their "A game" after a difficult outing.
"If there's anything this team is really good at, it's bounce-back games. We should feel really confident going home."
Adam Larsson added to Letestu's thoughts.
"I expect really good," said Larsson when asked how he thinks the team will react on Thursday. "We respond really well after these kinds of games. But it's playoffs, it doesn't matter. Sometimes even 1-0 overtime can sting more. It's a new game tomorrow."
Larsson added that home-ice advantage in the next game will help also.
"We have the crowd back in Edmonton that we'd gladly love to go back to. They're going to have their pushes, too. It is tight out there."
Andrej Sekera said that the team just needs to find a way to move on, which he's confident they will do.
"There are some bumps in the road but the good news is there's still a lot of hockey left and we just have to focus on the next game," he said. "We talked about it in the dressing room and these are the ones that you forget about. You move on. It's a new day and new game tomorrow. We've just got to get ready for that.
"There's lessons every game but the good thing is, it's 2-2 going home and now it's who will win the mini-series. It's a best-of-three now.