He didn't produce a point in either game in San Jose.
After being throttled by the younger and faster Oilers the past two games, the Sharks went back to the same successful formula that carried them to the Stanley Cup Final a year ago.
Coming off two straight shutouts by Cam Talbot and the Oilers, the San Jose Sharks needed their big names to step up in a big way and change the course of this series, and man did they ever last night at the SAP Center. Tuesday night the San Jose Sharks made their case that momentum is a true phenomenon, and that they have grabbed every bit of it in their first round playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers should be able to find a way to get the victory here.
One Oilers fan likened it to a garbage fire.
The Sharks preached patience after they were held scoreless in games two and three, saying that if they continued to play well on defense and capitalize on their scoring opportunities, they could get right back in the series. The previous high for San Jose was a five-goal margin.
"I can't stand here and say we were better in this area or that area".
"Honestly, up to this point, we've been real good".
Thornton played with the jump he showed in the first period Sunday throughout his 14:43 of ice time.
The first of two elimination games tonight will see the Nashville Predators look to compete the sweep of the top seed in the West, the Chicago Blackhawks.
"It's been fantastic", said Lane, who added their Oilers gear is being noticed by people nearly everywhere they go.
Another Oilers fan in San Jose is Jay Downton.
The 28-year-old center added a second goal later in the game, recording a 52.9 percent shot attempts percentage. San Jose earned a face-off in the Oiler zone after ten seconds.
"It was actually just kind of surreal, looking around, to be surrounded by people in Sharks jerseys, and being in this strong little group of people in orange, and just chanting and having all this energy, " said Downton. Jake Guentzel continues to be the story for the Penguins, notching his 5th goal of the playoffs to narrow it to a 1 goal lead late in the 3rd but they couldn't notch the equalizer.
San Jose then took the game over in the second starting when Marleau scored on an early power play. San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. "For me as a player, (I) can just focus on my game and you know he's going to take care of his business".
"At the end of the day, it was about them being more hungry to get back in the series and us not responding in the right way", Milan Lucic, the Oilers' veteran forward, said.
"It's all worth it. Just keep to our fundamentals and we'd be fine, and you saw that tonight".
Logan Couture was back in the Sharks' lineup for the series opener after missing the final seven regular-season games with a facial injury and Joe Thornton returned for Game 3 after sitting out a total of five contests with a knee ailment, but neither has recorded a point in the matchup.