"[Marleau and Thornton] have been cornerstones of this franchise for a long time, not only as players, but as people", Wilson said. "We've been through a push to the playoffs, we;ve been through a round of the playoffs", said McLellan, who has instilled a belief system since coming to the Oilers in 2015, preaching responsibility, twisting arms and clearing his throat, and it's paid off as his club's one of the last eight standing.
San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) is beaten for a goal on a shot from Edmonton Oilers left wing Anton Slepyshev (42) during the second period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Saturday, April 22, 2017, .
Towards the end of the regular season, Joe Thornton and Logan Couture suffered injuries that ultimately rolled over into the playoffs. Draisaitl opened the scoring 54 seconds into the second period after he collected two assists in Game 5.
"Basically his knee is floating there", coach Peter DeBoer said. And I didn't see a drop off in his game.
That led to production from some lesser-known players. "Until his level drops where he has to take a reduced role, that's not even on my radar". The Rangers will face the victor of the Ottawa-Boston series, which the Senators lead 3-2.
"Well, one, they're rested, so that certainly works in their favour... they've got a tremendous amount of confidence right now, whereas San Jose, I don't want to say they weren't confident, but they had a tougher finish than Anaheim did", said McLellan. The Toronto Maple Leafs gave the Washington Capitals a frightening first round and the Pittsburgh Penguins looked like the team that won the Stanley Cup previous year in their domination of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Of course, I'd like to come back. "We'll see if that's an option", Marleau told Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.
I think it goes without saying that Nugent-Hopkins has had a rough season offensively.
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The Blues struck first on a Vladimir Tarasenko goal, and then hit paydirt again three minutes later when Alexander Steen found the back of the net for the early 2-0 lead.
In the third period, things fell apart a bit. His 50 points were his fewest in a non-lockout season since he was a teenager in Boston in 1998-99.
"It showed we can play any kind of game, and I think that benefits us going forward".
San Jose finished the night going 0-for-3 on the power play, and consequently ended their season right where it started back in October: at home in front of a lively crowd chanting "lets go Sharks". But overall, the slight nod here goes to Talbot. "Both those guys, you hear about the age stuff, those guys are both in great shape". A play by them.
This year, they're trying to avoid being eliminated in the first round by an upstart team that seems to have the pieces necessary up and down the roster to enjoy postseason success for some time. Both players also publicly expressed the same desire but the sides must come to terms on length and value. The Sharks have a history of responding well to setbacks after their run to the Stanley Cup Final a year ago, but went scoreless well into the third period in their loss to the Oilers.
The 37-year-old Thornton can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, putting his future in San Jose in question.