They reminded them with a humiliating slap in the face Tuesday night at the Shark Tank, whipping the Oilers for fun in a 7-0 Game 4 beat down that evened the best-of-seven series 2-2 and shook the upstart Oilers to their core.
Sharks coach Peter DeBoer juggled his lines in search of any kind of offensive spark, moving Marleau up to the top line with Joe Thornton and Pavelski among other changes.
Columbus still trail 3-1 in the series, which shifts back to Pittsburgh on Thursday night for Game 5.
"We didn't start the way we wanted to and gave up a goal right away", Talbot said. My linemates played well.
McDavid credited Kassian with being the difference-maker.
"Tonight was a big lesson to learn", McLellan said, per NHL.com.
Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal of the post-season, and Patric Hornqvist pushed in an empty-net goal. "It was his show tonight".
Playing with a lead for the first time all series, the Sharks were energized and dominated the play early.
But again, none of this matters because I have cancelled the rest of the Oilers playoff run. If you want to watch the game, check out the below guide to find out how you can get an Oilers vs Sharks Game 4 live stream. Edmonton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in that game but was suffocated by a relentless San Jose forecheck after that. The Oilers have succeeded because they've found goals in unlikely places (i.e. Zack Kassian).
Dressed in orange in a sea of Sharks teal, Lane drowned her sorrows in "pity beer" purchased by a "classy" San Jose fan.
"We're confident in him back there", Edmonton forward Jordan Eberle said.
That move was a reaction to the fact Sharks centre Joe Thornton returned to the San Jose lineup after missing five games with a knee injury. The Oilers have five goals and have shutout the Sharks in back-to-back games. We put him back to his customary position, which is nice to have.
"Guys might have been nervous the first game", the second-year star said.
"I liked it in Game 1". "It was a matter of time".
"It was a tale of two games", he said. "We got a split here and that's what we came to do".
With wires and plastic holding Couture's mouth together, the Oilers are trying to make life as uncomfortable as possible for the Sharks' alternate captain, delivering contact to his chin area whenever possible. He swiped at the puck with this stick, giving it to Edmonton's Mark Letestu.
McDavid, the NHL's regular-season scoring leader, got his first National Hockey League playoff goal at the 10:31 mark of the third, streaking down the left side and launching a short-side wrist shot that eluded Jones. You don't get two games for winning 7-0 so the series is still 2-2 and we're still in a good spot. They've given the Sharks an NHL-high 12 power plays in this series, mostly owing to sheer youthful exuberance.
But the angst quickly turned to hope Tuesday after Thornton recorded an assist in Game4, led the team in shot attempts percentage (77.8 percent) and looked every bit like the Jumbo Joe that the teal faithful has come to know over the last 12 seasons.
The big thing was to allow their big boys to get going.
The emphasis on team defence that is paying off now has been part of the Oilers philosophy since Todd McLellan took over behind the bench before the 2015-16 season.