Although down 1-0 in the series, thanks to a 3-2 overtime loss to the Sharks Wednesday night, Edmonton sees itself in a good spot heading into Game 2.
"It's Game 1," said Oilers winger Patrick Maroon. "Our game didn't go to crap over night… It's just one game, we're fine. We're in a great situation right now. We have a game Friday and this is a good situation right now, this is all positive. We're all excited in here."
Maroon says the team is excited because they can use Game 1 as a lesson to build off of and carry over into Friday night's rematch.
"We weren't going to go 16-0. We didn't expect to sweep these guys," said Oilers forward Mark Letestu. "The idea coming into today is flush it, be ready for another game. There's no panic in this group. We know we're a lot better than what we showed."
Oilers winger Zack Kassian echoes those sentiments.
"It's not like we were going to go 16-0. We would have liked to, but it doesn't happen too often, obviously," he said. "It's a good team over there. The good thing for us is we feel we can fix a lot of the things we did wrong last game. That's a good sign for us."
Knowing what went wrong can be fixed is a weapon in their confidence arsenal. The Oilers are hoping to carry lessons from each game into the next. Wednesday night was the start of that.
"We're learning, this is a good stepping stone for us, we're in a great situation, and guys are upbeat and excited to play in Game 2," said Maroon.