Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton skates to the puck against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Glendale Ariz. At right in a Nov. 30 2016 file

Couture is the team's top two-way center, who would be counted on to match up with National Hockey League scoring leader Connor McDavid in this series if healthy.

FILE - At left, in a November 1, 2016, file photo, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) skates to the puck against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Glendale, Ariz.

Couture's mouth and teeth were smashed in late March by an errant puck, but he returned Wednesday with a full-face cage.

San Jose escaped a poor start against the Oilers on Wednesday as Edmonton took its foot off the gas played a sloppy second half of the game, taking seven minor penalties to the Sharks' four. The Sharks lead the series 1-0.

"He's so fast, so skilled", forward Jannik Hansen said. "It was a nice pass by (Mark Lestestu), I saw the hole and shot and it went in".

"Other than that, you've just got to play those guys hard".

Brandon Nielson worked at a bar near Whyte Avenue during the Oilers' last playoff run and witnessed the 2006 riots. Thornton, who suffered a knee injury in early April against Vancouver, hopes to play through the injury as he did in the 2011 Western Conference Finals, when he had a separated shoulder.

"He was unbelievable", said captain Connor McDavid of Kassian.

The Sharks were 1-22-1 when trailing after two periods during the regular season and the Oilers were 29-2-1 when leading after two periods, but it didn't matter a lick in this one.

Three keys to a New York Rangers series victory over the Canadiens
The Rangers also see themselves as Stanley Cup contenders and are eager to erase the memory of last year's first-round exit. GM Don Sweeney said Carlo (upper body) is definitely a no go for Game 1 against Ottawa while Krug (lower body) is unlikely.

"We have to forget about the game we just played, put that win in the bank and replicate that effort on our end", Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. The two were in an unmarked auto when they responded to a call the night of February 25, 2015 reporting a man chasing another man with a knife. The Sharks played exceptionally well, and they deserved to win game one.

Though both Thornton and Couture have been skating at practice, no timetable is set for return.

The Sharks may have had a awful play-in to the playoffs, but if Wednesday night was any indication, the switch has been flipped.

The Oilers didn't do a great job of staying out of the box, but remained sharp on the penalty kill, limiting San Jose's chances and creating scoring opportunities of their own. They played in our zone.

"Guys might have been nervous the first game", the second-year star said. "There's a lot of newness to both organizations".

It was a pretty drastic turnaround for the Sharks, who had won just once in 25 games all season when trailing after two periods.

The Sharks made it to the Stanley Cup Final last season partly because their defensive awareness helped limit the effectiveness of scorers such as Los Angeles' Tyler Toffoli, Nashville's Filip Forsberg and St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko. San Jose was one for six with the man advantage while Edmonton was one for three. He broke Grant Fuhr's long-standing franchise wins record by recording 42 this season. Jones was tied for third with 65 starts despite struggling a bit down the stretch.

McDavid, 20, dominated the National Hockey League scoring race in his first full season, after losing much of his rookie campaign previous year to a cracked clavicle. Their core of McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Oscar Klefbom have never appeared in a playoff game.

Could the Edmonton Oilers really reach the 2017 Stanley Cup Final?

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Raptors prep for playoffs, beat "resting" Cavaliers 98-83
Apr 14, 2017 - 13:28
The playoff picture is not clear yet , but if the Hawks hold onto the fifth seed they will face Washington in the first round. In his first season with Memphis, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Roanoke is averaging 8.3 points and 17.5 minutes per game.

Washington Co.'s Allisha Gray selected in WNBA Draft
Apr 14, 2017 - 13:10
It's uncertain when she'll be able to get back to playing, although she sounded like she expects it will be this season. The 6-3 Nunn averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in her one season with the Lady Vols.

Dodge Unveils Insane 840-HP Challenger SRT Demon!!
Apr 13, 2017 - 06:16
A cross between a road-legal muscle vehicle and a ready-made dragster, the SRT Demon is quite literally in a class of its own. Impressive, to be sure, but hardly the major boost over the regular Hellcat's 707 hp and 650 lb-ft that we were expecting.

Arsene Wenger's Words After Arsenal's Shocking Defeat to Crystal Palace
Apr 13, 2017 - 06:09
Arsenal great Ian Wright said the nature of Arsenal's latest capitulation showed the "dressing room is lost". Theo Walcott admitted that Crystal Palace "wanted it more " from kick-off against Arsenal.

Scott Powers previews the Blackhawks' playoffs on Sports Feed
Apr 13, 2017 - 06:05
The Blackhawks will use this series to solidify their final defensive paring and take some minutes off the top four d-men. However, considering their flaws it's hard to envision the Blues going much further than the second round in the West.

Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors
Apr 12, 2017 - 17:34
And I think because of that I'm able to stand here today . "Just go out there and have fun, simple as that". Garcia played in 74 majors before finally winning one. "It's a great time in my life".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Susan Tompor: Tax tips for the last minute
Apr 12, 2017 - 17:03
If the tax filing is overdue by more than sixty days, you will incur a minimum penalty of $205 or 100% of your unpaid tax. By law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone nationwide in the same way federal holidays do.

Finally! Spain hails favourite son Garcia after Masters win
Apr 12, 2017 - 16:52
Triumph finally came after his 12-foot birdie putt on Augusta's par-four 18th at the first hole of a play-off against Justin Rose. Sergio Garcia is the proud owner of a nice new green jacket after his dramatic win at the Masters on Sunday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top MI vs KKR: Gautam Gambhir rues dropped catch, nerves at the death
Apr 11, 2017 - 07:50
Fans are used to watching Jos Buttler walk across his stumps scooping the ball over his shoulder for six. Parthiv (30) was eventually trapped leg before by Kuldeep Jadav to leave the Mumbai Indians 65 for 1.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Raspberry Pi 3 gets Microsoft Cortana with Windows 10 Creators Update
Apr 11, 2017 - 07:49
Microsoft rolling out a major update to the Windows Store app for the Windows 10 devices for insider in fast ring. Moreover, when applying the Creators Update, the privacy options offer up clearer descriptions of what they do.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top South Carolina wins 1st national title, beats Miss St 67-55
Apr 11, 2017 - 07:44
For two whole minutes, neither team scored since the start of the fourth quarter till Mississippi St made the first bucket. Wilson admitted to being frustrated by Stanford's physical play, and Mississippi State will try to frustrate USC, as well.

So close: Justin Rose comes up short in bid for green jacket
Apr 11, 2017 - 07:44
The leaders after day three broke away from the pack, setting up for an exciting finish that could only be decided by a playoff. When Rose had a six-foot par-saver at 17, he pushed it slightly - the bogey that left them tied again headed to the 72nd tee.

Trump, Xi Showdown Fails To Materialize At Mar-A-Lago
Apr 10, 2017 - 05:07
China Daily said both parties appeared "equally enthusiastic about the constructive relationship they have promised to cultivate". Also, Trump himself has yet to match the harsh criticism of Moscow that some of his advisers have levied.

Yankees put catcher Gary Sanchez on 10-day disabled list
Apr 10, 2017 - 05:02
The Orioles tied the score 4-4 in the seventh on an RBI single by Trumbo off Dellin Betances (0-1). The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the second on a fielder's choice by Trey Mancini and single by J.J.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Minnesota leaders call on Trump to consult Congress on Syria
Apr 09, 2017 - 06:42
She says that for this to be helpful, it needs to be part of a full USA strategy toward Syria , not just a one-time event. The United States should ensure the destruction of these weapons and the airfields that could launch attacks using them.