Edmonton made no lineup changes from Friday's Game 2 win to Sunday's Game 3.
Lucic has a goal and an assist. Edmonton will head home with their tails between their legs and the Sharks in hot pursuit for game five on Thursday night in Rogers Place.
The Sharks continued to show signs of addressing their biggest shortcomings in games two and three, as the power-play woes also showed signs of life and finally punished the overly aggressive Edmonton fore-check.
Thornton returned to play on the top power play unit, but the Sharks' problems persisted as they wee unable to set up in the Oilers' zone for any significant amount of time. "Just keep to our fundamentals and we'd be fine, and you saw that tonight". Baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, donned in a Sharks jersey, opened the dressing room door to lead San Jose's players on the ice before the game.
"They have lived through these type of games and know where to take it", McLellan said. "It's [down to which team wins two out of three]. We really tightened it up on the back end, not giving them much off the rush".
David Schlemko's pass from behind his own goal line was intercepted by Zack Kassian, who took a stride and beat Martin Jones with a backhand for the game's only goal, as the Sharks lost 1-0 to the Oilers at SAP Center.
Again, McDavid was in the spotlight, first with a quick wraparound attempt that Jones blocked at 15:49, then with a slapshot from the top of the right face-off circle 32 seconds later, but Jones stopped him both times.
That would perhaps allow them to generate some momentum for Game 5.
"That first goal got us feeling good", said coach Pete DeBoer.
"I don't know if it's sunk in, but I'm sure throughout the day it will", said Kyla Lane who attended Tuesday's game in San Jose. As they say, that's why they play the games. The 37-year-old, who could be a free agent this summer, played 16:27 on Sunday after missing the final three games of the regular season and first two of this series with a knee injury.
Kassian's goal, his second straight game-winner, came at the 10:45 mark of the third period and was enough to give the Oilers a two-games-to-one series lead.
"They play like they always play", said Oilers coach Todd McClellan. This eventually led to Marcus Sorensen netting his first career playoff goal as he picked up a Brendan Dillon rebound and sent it home. Logan Couture's been targeted for physicality his whole life being the player he is.
Edmonton's deficiencies in the post-season were supposed to be their depth down the middle and the lack of productivity among their bottom nine forwards, but they have shored up their lines and matched up well with the Sharks.
Pavelski scored on a pair of deflections, the previously dormant power play scored four times and San Jose held Connor McDavid off the scoresheet for the second straight game. He almost created two goals on one shift, but no teammate was able to get to his wraparound attempt and then Jones stopped him on a one-timer. Unless the Hawks can stop the Preds and find a way through the best D in the National Hockey League, this one ends tonight. However, in the last 22 games, including the postseason, Burns has only two goals and seven assists - with three of those points coming in one game.