EDMONTON, Alberta -- San Jose coach Ron Wilson wants the
Sharks to stop coasting and start hustling against the Edmonton
With his team down 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinal
series, Wilson issued an important message to his players, who have
lost three straight and face elimination when the series resumes
Wednesday night at Rexall Place.
"They are pressuring us up the ice and we're coasting back for
pucks," Wilson said. "We've got some guys who might be viewing
themselves as they have a right to be on the power play instead of
the view that it's a privilege."
The Sharks are 2-for-27 on the power play in the series.
"For some reason, we can't build any momentum after we score a
goal or make a penalty kill," defenseman Kyle McLaren said. "We
have to talk about what went wrong and what went right. We have to
be confident, be ready to play, block the distractions."
Despite being outshot 24-18 and outhit 34-16, the Oilers stole
Game 5 from the Sharks by a 6-3 score Sunday night in San Jose.
"We're very confident right now. We're going into our building
with a 3-2 lead and we have to use that to our advantage," said
Oilers forward Fernando Pisani, who scored his sixth and seventh
goals of the playoffs Sunday.
The Oilers are trying to reach the conference final for the
first time since 1992.
"The fourth win is always the hardest. We have to come
prepared," defenseman Chris Pronger said. "They are going to
bring their best game. They battled back hard. There's no quit in
that team. We've got to make sure we're focused and prepared. It's
going to be a battle in Game 6."
The Sharks began the series with a pair of gritty, impressive
2-1 wins over the Oilers, but now are in danger of losing the
The Oilers made Sharks goalie Vesa Toskala look mortal in Game 4
and mediocre in Game 5. The Finnish netminder allowed five goals in
the first three games but 11 in the last two.