"That's a game that I really felt we should have won, that's a momentum-turning game", Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said Saturday night.
The Edmonton Oilers were another team who advanced to round 2 on Saturday after beating the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in game 6.
ANAHEIM As his team's captain, Ryan Getzlaf viewed the Edmonton-San Jose playoff series with some added interest.
Edmonton Oilers left wing Milan Lucic (27) moves the puck past San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) during the second period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Saturday, April 22, 2017, in San Jose, Ca. Connor McDavid iced the game with an empty-net goal with less than a second to play for his first even-strength point of the series. "We're going to have to be prepared to play our game".
The three goal scorers in the clincher are among the nine skaters on the Oilers who are younger than 25 and had been nearly entirely untested in the rigors of the postseason.
Not that it came easy in their first postseason trip since 2006.
The Ducks are undefeated in regulation in 18 straight games after finishing the regular season 11-0-3 and embarrassing the Calgary Flames in a first-round sweep. "I think they were right on the cusp of that. I need to turn into a family man for a couple months". We got blown out and learned lessons from that.
During his post-game presser McLellan made it clear that for the Oilers the focus was never on trying to get McDavid away from Vlasic.
Thornton was sidelined for the first two games of the series but managed to take the ice in the final four. Both of them become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
SAN JOSE The traditional handshake line at center ice was finished. "They were all over us with their big bodies along the goal line, trying to wear us down" said Talbot. "You see a player play with that type of injury tells you all you need to know about him".
The Sharks now have roughly $55 million committed to next year's salary cap, which isn't expected to increase much more than the $73 million it was this season, if it jumps at all.
Thornton spoke before DeBoer and Wilson on Monday as the Sharks cleaned out lockers in preparation for the offseason. "We've all talked about Leon who was fighting the flu bug, too", said McLellan. "It's just a reality".
Draisaitl broke a 0-0 deadlock on his breakaway only 54 seconds into the second period. He beat Jones blocker side to make it 2-0. "I just got my pad on it".
If Game 1 were to take place Thursday at Honda Center, Fowler would have had 3 1/2 weeks off since getting hurt. "And in the last game we got up early and we protected (the lead) down the stretch", he said.
"We're watching this team grow up right in front of us". Burns had six hits himself in game six and he's a helluva talent but for a guy who could win the Norris, there's one niggling concern.
The Oilers will play Anaheim in the second round.