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Cam Talbot earns second straight shutout, Oilers beat Sharks for 2-1 series lead
David Pollak, The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, April 16, 2017 10:53PM MDT
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Cam Talbot made 23 saves for his second straight shutout and Zack Kassian scored the only goal as the Edmonton Oilers downed the San Jose Sharks 1-0 on Sunday in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarter-final series.
Kassian intercepted a weak clearing attempt by Sharks defenceman Dave Schlemko, then slid a backhand shot past goalie Martin Jones to break a scoreless tie at 10:45 of the third period.
The Oilers now lead the best-of-seven set 2-1. The series continues with Game 4 Tuesday night in San Jose.
Kassian, who has been a one-man wrecking crew in the series, also had the game-winner Friday night in Edmonton in Game 2.
The shift to San Jose for Game 3 wasn't the only change to which the Oilers had to adjust. Sharks veteran centre Joe Thornton was back in the lineup for the first time this series, having recovered from an April 2 injury to his left knee that forced him to miss five games.
The Oilers held their own in a scoreless opening period against a Sharks team determined to show their lacklustre performance in Game 2 was an aberration.