Oilers v Sharks – Burns is a Beast in Edmonton
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Edmonton’s first playoff game in 11 years didn’t turn out as planned as the Sharks, led by a dominant Brent Burns, ruined the inaugural playoff party for Rogers Place.
Burns bested his league leading contribution average among d-men by 30.7%, and led all players on both teams in overall contribution.
Paul Martin and Edward Vlasic were second and third for the Sharks d-men, performing 331% and 48.9% above their season averages.
On the Oiler’s blue line, Oscar Klefbom was the leader, more than doubling his regular season contribution.
AndrejSekera was in second, only slightly above his season average, and led all d-men in the game in defensive contributions. The rest of the Oiler’s d-men were even or below their season average.
Up front for the Sharks, Joel Ward and Joe Pavelski were neck and neck for the top spot, with Ward leading offensively and Pavelski the defensive leader.
The Sharks forward group as a whole, almost doubled the contributions of the Oiler forwards, dominating both offensively and defensively.
For the Oiler forwards, Connor Mcdavid’s first playoff game was a small fraction below his league leading regular season average.
Milan Lucic and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were a ways back of McDavid in second and third, with Nugent-Hopkins leading in defensive contributions.
The Sharks out contributed the Oilers by a significant 57.3% overall, but a measure of nervousness was not unexpected for the Oilers with the pressure of playing in front of a playoff starved crowd. Game two should be an easier task to prepare for with game one out of the way.
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