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The San Jose Sharks look to even the series back up tonight as they play host to the Oilers in Game 4. After winning Game 1 in dramatic overtime fashion, the Sharks have been shutout in the past two games as strong goaltending and defense on both sides has become the story.
"It's just about getting inside, winning that one-on-one battle, and when you get the chance, stick it in the net," Pavelski said at practice yesterday. "The chances aren't in abundance by any means so you have to be ready."
Another story: after much speculation, Joe Thornton made a return to the lineup in Game 3. His return gave an immediate boost in the lineup, with a first period that saw the Sharks out-shoot and out-hit the Oiler by a 2-to-1 margin, though nothing was translated to the scoreboard.
Also of note is the power play, which is converting at only a 7.1% rate - second-lowest in the playoffs. "You gotta shoot the puck. You gotta score the goals. We know that. Obviously that's been a concern for us all season. Our power play hasn't been where it needs to be," Couture said about it yesterday.
[10:48 AM PT] The Sharks are out on the ice this morning, with most players partaking in the optional skate. Lots of smiles out on the Solar4America Ice.
[11:23 AM PT] The San Jose Sharks just wrapped up their morning skate, and things are looking largely the same as Game 3. Joe Thornton, as he usually does, took skate before everyone else.
"I feel great personally, and ready to go tonight," Thornton said to the media after skate.
Meanwhile, Dell, Boedker, DeMelo, Labanc, and Haley stayed on the ice after all other skates had left, which indicates they will be scratched for tonight's game.
WATCH: Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer speaks to the media.
[3:30 PM PT] Listen and watch as a few of the Sharks players spoke at morning skate.