The Oilers missed the playoffs in each of the last 10 years. "I thought we created some chances", DeBoer said of his power play.
"The other night we get the game get away from us a little bit, we weren't doing the little things that made the difference".
The Edmonton Oilers look like they're starting to get the hang of this playoff thing.
"We're disappointed with the way it went", Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said.
They say you can't simply flip a switch and become a good team in the playoffs - don't tell that to the San Jose Sharks. Their core of McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Oscar Klefbom have never appeared in a playoff game.
Edmonton center Connor McDavid, the NHL's leading scorer in the regular season, had one assist in his playoff debut to extend his points streak to 15 games.
Fans at the Sharks official watch party at Rookie's Sports Bar hope this year, they'll win the cup after last year's bittersweet disappointment.
The series is tied at one game apiece headed back to SAP Center. "It was by committee and by whoever's on the ice getting the job done and if we have the puck, they don't have it". They played in our zone. While future glory is nearly pre-ordained for a player as talented as McDavid, he's likely going to get his nose bloodied this year: either figuratively, literally, or both.
It was the first playoff game in the Oilers' new downtown arena and the team's first postseason game in nearly 11 years. San Jose's power play was ranked 25th in the National Hockey League in the regular season at 16.7 per cent. The Sharks are playing perhaps the worst hockey of all 16 playoff teams. Game 3 is Sunday in San Jose. "He was a physical presence, scored a huge goal for us".
Overall, dealing with the sold-out crowd on Wednesday went quite smoothly at Rogers Place, according to the team.
Lucic made it 2-0 with less than three minutes to go in the period on the power play. Letestu promptly passed it to a streaking Kassian, who barreled in alone and fired a wrist shot low past Jones' blocker. A minute into the third, Drake Caggiula had a breakaway chance to give Edmonton a 3-1 lead, but his stick broke before he could unleash a shot on Jones. He took a long run at Brenden Dillon in the first period and steamrolled Logan Couture in the second.
Brent Burns - The San Jose defenceman was a one-man gang on Wednesday, playing nearly 28 minutes and taking 18 shot attempts. Donskoi then carried the puck in front and, with a backhand pass, found Ward for a tap-in goal at the 1:43 mark to cut Edmonton's lead to one. This way, they avoid turnovers and also put on more pressure. He coached the Sharks through 540 regular-season games and 62 playoff matches.
Edmonton must be giddy about drawing San Jose in Round 1. "The guys who kill (the penalties) are wasting a lot of energy and the guys who aren't are sitting on the bench". "We're experiencing this for the first time in a decade".
The series continues in Edmonton Friday night at 7:30 for Game 2. We saw the same out of Milan Lucic previous year in the first round against L.A. That stuff, you know what, you've got to play through that stuff.