The backs-against-the-wall stories heading into Game 6 are sure to highlight the range of playoff experience that the Sharks roster boasts. But if Game 5 taught us anything it’s that experience is overrated.
All the experience in the world couldn’t give the Sharks veteran legs the juice they needed to keep up with the younger Edmonton Oilers in overtime Thursday night.
As Game 5 of the first round Stanley Cup playoff series shifted into the extra session, the Oilers skated laps around the Sharks, capitalizing on the benefits of having a roster filled with 20-year-old legs rather than 30-year-old veterans.
They outshot the Sharks 14-2 in overtime, eventually breaking through on David Desharnais’ one timer from the slot with 1:45 left in the period to gain a 3-2 series lead.
Experience also proved to be irrelevant when the Oilers allowed an electric start and a 1-0 lead to turn into a 2-1 deficit by the end of the first period. After getting shellacked 7-0 in Game 4, the Oilers should have gone silent like the crowd at Rogers Place in Edmonton after the momentum swung in the veteran Sharks favor.
The Oilers also didn’t get the memo stating that inexperienced teams aren’t supposed to erase two-goal leads and score game-tying goals with just 2:46 left in regulation. That takes veteran know how, the stuff that’s in the Sharks locker room along with an additional 827 games of playoff experience.
According to the script, the Sharks should put all that experience to use Saturday and force a Game 7 or maybe the team…
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