Oilers finally get through to Toskala:
Roloson deflected Ek’s shot, the puck went way up in the air and nobody saw it. Just a flukey thing. What can you do?” said Sharks coach Ron Wilson. “It all came together like, well, a perfect storm. We had them penned in their end for two minutes on the power play, firing shots left and right, then one of our shots gets deflected, we can’t find the puck and they get a bounce.”
When Jason Smith (on a nifty deke) and Ales Hemsky (after a great feed from Ryan Smyth) beat Toskala early in the third he was gone for Evgeni Nabokov. It was only the third time in his NHL career, Toskala has given up five goals in a game.
If Toskala’s psyche is a little bruised, he wasn’t showing it after the Oilers made him look mortal for the first time in the series. He didn’t have much to say, but he didn’t look broken up. Wilson got him out of there after 31 shots, not so much because he was shell-shocked, as to get his former No. 1 Nabokov into the game.
“Just a rest for Toskala and an opportunity to get Nabby some work,” said Wilson, who’ll let the Finn jump right back on the horse Sunday night.
“I thought Peca’s goal (to make it 3-2) actually got us back on our heels, shooting from on the goal-line,” said Wilson, who wrote off the Samsonov goal as just a terrible break. “We were in control of the game, up 3-1 and Roloson made an incredible save on a 2-on-0 (Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo) when we were short-handed, then a couple of bounces went against us,” said Wilson. “The crowd got into it and they finished us off.”
I’m not sure I’m as sanguine about the loss as Wilson is — while the Sharks have been in control early, it’s been a closely fought battle with both teams playing well. A couple of bounces turned Edmonton’s way, and they buried us; it shows how close this series really is, that it could be 3-1 either way.
It’s nice that the team isn’t being too worried about the loss to the press, but let’s hope that some of that is showmanship, not simply overconfidence; because that’s what the Oilers would love to take advantage of…