Jones: Oilers’ thrilling overtime win a night to treasure forever


SAN JOSE, Calif. — In the middle of the second period, the Edmonton Oilers’ body language was so bad that the team looked like dead men skating.

At that point, you’d never have expected them to arrive here Friday afternoon up three games to two in their National Hockey League playoff series with the San Jose Sharks, with a chance to send last year’s Stanley Cup finalists to tee times at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill or Spanish Bay.

On Wednesday flying back to Edmonton, the challenge was parking the 7-0 humiliation here in Game 4, the most lopsided loss in Oilers playoff history.

On Friday flying here, the problem was to park one of the most memorable overtime victories in the storied history of the five-time Stanley Cup champions.

And if they have any aspirations of moving deep into their first playoff season since going to Game 7 of the Cup final in 2006, it might be advised.

The Anaheim Ducks are now 15-0-3 in their last 18 games after sweeping the Calgary Flames and have a week off.

San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, left, dives for the puck as Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins crashes into him during overtime NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

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San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, left, dives for the puck as Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins crashes into him during overtime NHL hockey round one playoff action in Edmonton, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

The team may have to park that game, but Oilers fans are going to want to take Thursday night’s overtime and frame it, bottle it or otherwise try to preserve it forever.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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