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Tonight playoff hockey makes its first return to the SAP Center since Game 6 of last season's Stanley Cup Final as the San Jose Sharks host the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 presented by Alaska Airlines.
Though the Sharks enter Game 3 coming off a tough loss against the Oilers, they're coming back to a raucous home crowd that made itself known throughout last year's playoff run. And of course, having earned the split in Edmonton, the Sharks have effectively stolen the home ice advantage from the Oilers, now only having to win their home games.
"We leave Edmonton with a split which is what we wanted coming in here," Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said yesterday morning. "We definitely would have taken 1-1 after two games in Edmonton, now we'll regroup and go home and look for Game 3 to be our best one."
Still questionable is Joe Thornton, who continues to skate with the team in practices and morning skates.
[11:50 AM PT]
[11:58 AM PT] The San Jose Sharks are back at Solar4America Ice for morning skate prior to Game 3. The skate was optional, but did see most of the team out on the ice for at least some of the time. Joe Thornton took the ice 15 minutes before everyone else, working on skating and his shot with coach Johan Hedberg, which has been an ordinary sight on game days this season.
Sharks players are excited to get back in front of the SAP Center crowd.
For fans arriving via public transit today, a message from CalTrain:
Joe Thornton remains a gametime decision. When asked, Thornton said that it's up to coach and the trainers if he's back in, and Coach Peter DeBoer said it was up to Thornton.
Martin Jones was the first goalie off the ice, so as expected, will get the start tonight.
[4:08 PM PT] Listen to the players and Coach DeBoer as they spoke to the media this morning.