Power play at the center of Sharks' downfall in 2016-17

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Despite a valiant effort throughout a closely contested series, a shaky start to the second period led to a 3-1 loss against the Edmonton Oilers, derailing any hopes of the Sharks continuing their playoff run, let alone returning to the Stanley Cup Finals.

McDavid scored his only even-strength point of the series with an empty-netter in the final second of Edmonton's 3-1 series-clinching victory in Game 6 on Saturday night.

The defending Western Conference champion Sharks had a quick exit this year in the playoffs as they never fully recovered after blowing a two-goal lead in Game 5 in Edmonton.

Youngster Tomas Hertl fell short of impressive production in the postseason, recording just two assists over six games against the Edmonton Oilers.

Beating San Jose earned the Oilers a second-round matchup with the Anaheim Ducks. He took a look over his shoulder, saw no close chasers, sashayed in and hammered a shot off Jones' arm and over the line.

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.

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The deck was stacked against the Sharks with Logan Couture playing though major injuries to his mouth, and Joe Thornton effectively skating on one leg. Even after 6 games it's not enough to take on its own and project forward with (we have a whole season's data that would suffice), but it does give a better indication how these players fared over the course of the series.

The second-round series between the Oilers and Anaheim Ducks will open at the Honda Center. It won't be an easy task for the Oilers against a veteran Sharks team that went to the Stanley Cup Final a year ago. "Until I think I can't do that anymore, I'll cross that bridge when we get there". This is the first season since 2005-06 that they made the playoffs, and they did it after finishing 29th among 30 teams in 2015-16. "What makes people think that people from out of town are going to want to come to Edmonton if they do this to people that live here?" You know, they block a shot and turn that into a breakaway.

On Saturday night, the St. Louis Blues took out the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 in a 4-3 OT win. You've got to play within the system as well. Joel Ward, Tommy Wingels, Tomas Hertl and Karlsson each had one, complementing the top players like Couture and Joe Pavelski, who combined for six game-winners.

"It feels unreal right now, especially how we won", said Klefbom. "It's going to be the hardest game of the series". "If it's not the case, I'm playing with Kass and Testy, and I do a really good job with them".

"I just have to go out there and play my game, keep doing what I'm doing", he said, adding it would be great to be reunited with McDavid and Draisaitl.

The Oilers had their offensive struggles as well, as the Sharks held them to 12 goals for the series.

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