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The first round series returns to San Jose for the final time as the Sharks and Edmonton Oilers face off in Game 6. It is a must-win game for the San Jose Sharks in front of their home crowd, as the Oilers lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.
Game 6 sees the Sharks coming off a disappointing overtime loss, the second time the team has lost by a margin of a single goal.
"It's been a razor thin edge and we've on the wrong side of these games," head coach Peter DeBoer said yesterday.
One of the reasons that - outside of the Game 4 win - all the games have been close has been Martin Jones, who has picked up where he left off in last year's playoff run.
With the intense home crowd behind them, the Sharks hope to force Game 7 and make the series return to Edmonton.
[10:41 AM PT] The San Jose Sharks have just left the ice after morning skate, with most of the usual suspects out there. Both Thornton and Burns skated early, leaving before most of the other players came on the ice, which is their typical gameday routine.
[11:28 AM PT] Morning skate has just wrapped up, including the players' media scrums. The recurring theme among the players' media availibility, aside from the obvious must-win talk, is that they are looking forward to playing in front of the loud home crowd in San Jose.
More news from morning skate is that Joonas Donskoi is back in the lineup after sitting out Game 5, with Timo Meier out.
Unsurprisingly, Martin Jones will be in net tonight for the Sharks. Despite the loss, Jones was excellent in Game 5, having faced more shots than any Sharks goalie since Evgeni Nabokov in 2008's Game 6 against the Dallas Stars, which was a four overtime game.
[2:05 PM PT] Listen to what the players and head coach Peter DeBoer had to say at morning skate.