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After an explosive Game 4 that saw the San Jose Sharks win by a franchise-record seven goals, the series is tied at two games apiece and is now down to a best of three.
It's been a feast or famine sort of series for the Sharks offense so far. In Game 1, the team overwhelmed the Oilers in the second, third, and overtime periods to win 3-2, and in Game 4 they set a franchise record for margin of victory. On the other hand, the two losses were both shutouts.
"Buy into the defense and the offense will come," Justin Braun said at yesterday's practice. "A lot of guys bought into that."
It is also a good sign that Logan Couture and Joe Thornton, who had booth been questionable going into the series, got onto the scoresheet in a big way in Game 4.
"He's an elite player and has been for a long time," head coach Peter DeBoer said of Couture yesterday. "He had a serious injury and he's just starting to feel like himself again."
It's to be expected that after a game like Game 4, the Oilers will look to respond in a big way, especially in front of their home crowd at Rogers Place.
"I think all the teams that are left here take pride in their ability to respond to games like that," DeBoer said. "It's on us to make sure we're ready."
[11:30 AM MT] Exactly at their scheduled skate time of 11:30AM, the San Jose Sharks took the ice for morning skate at Rogers Place.
There was controversy prior to Game 4, with the nets and lights off at SAP Center until exactly 11:30AM for the Edmonton Oilers morning skate, which became news among Edmonton media. In response, the Sharks did not go onto the ice until their scheduled time of 11:30AM this morning, making sure the media knew they were doing so.
It was an optional skate, with the usual suspects out on the ice.
[12:46 PM MT] With morning skate over, there's a little more information as to what the Sharks will be icing for Game 5. From the lines, it looks like Mikkel Boedker draws back in with Joonas Donskoi out.
[2:25 PM MT] Watch as Peter DeBoer spoke to the media prior to morning skate.