The Sharks have reached the playoffs 11 of the last 12 years and made it to the Stanley Cup final last season, where they lost to Pittsburgh in six games. Brent Burns is 32.
Kassian had the only goal of the game Sunday in San Jose as the Oilers toughed out a 1-0 victory.
Halfway through the third period, Edmonton finally broke the ice.
Clear top four as established all year has continued to play the heavy minutes against top comp.
Isn't it always the ageing Corey Perrys and Ryan Getzlafs trying to suppress the emerging Johnny Gaudreaus and Sean Monahans? San Jose had a 13-6 advantage in shots. The Maple Leafs' David to Washington's Goliath; Nashville's eternal playoff failings to Chicago's uncanny post-season success?
They were pretty sure they could handle the Sharks in their own tank.
San Jose's first and only other power play came almost 17 minutes into the scoreless opening period.
Who would have thought that if the Sharks had held McDavid to one point in three games, saw Martin Jones have a.935 save percentage and limit the Oilers to a combined five goals, that they'd be down two games to one?
It was like that old yarn about the young bull and the old bull, standing up on the hill surveying the herd of cows.
They're better than that, and if he gets a chance to remind them in public, he obviously will. To which the elder replies, "No, son". They had the upper hand when it came to aggression, and barely let the Oilers manage too much.
"That's on us", Sharks center Logan Couture said.
"When you're on the road, you don't always get what you want", said McLellan. He should have had at least 10 goals this year but finished with only 7 after having an unfortunate number of them called back on video reviews.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Connor McDavid carried the Edmonton Oilers back to the playoffs after a decade-long drought.
Edmonton thoroughly dominated the 5v5 play after working on their breakouts and entries in practice.
While Kassian has been an unexpected surprise, Talbot might be the Oilers' most valuable player in this series. Edmonton made no lineup changes from Game 2 to Game 3.
"I like playing on the kill, especially in these games when we keep taking a lot (of penalties). It was a huge bounce-back game and a big confidence booster".
Ready for playoff hockey?
Since the playoffs began, Edmonton is emerging not just as a team of the future - but a team that can win now. The power play is not where it needs to be. Now they need to figure out how to stop Zack Kassian. It's not Micheal Haley.
Talbot acknowledged that back-to-back shutouts in the playoffs felt great. C Micheal Haley, RW Kevin Labanc and D Dylan DeMelo joined Boedker as San Jose's healthy scratches.
The Sharks' power play has suffered from the absence of dominant center Joe Thornton.
The Oilers showed no mercy in Game 2, hammering Couture repeatedly, including one where Kassian left his feet to level him.