SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Zack Kassian broke a scoreless tie midway through the third period, and the Edmonton Oilers held on for a 1-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

San Jose incurred its second consecutive shutout loss to fall into a 2-1 hole in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series that resumes with Game 4 at SAP Center on Thursday.

Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot stopped all 23 shots he faced after blanking the Sharks on 16 shots in Game 2 on Friday.

Kassian took advantage of a turnover by San Jose defenseman David Schlemko, who appeared to try and hit teammate Tomas Hertl with an ill-advised pass along the end boards to the left of Sharks goalie Martin Jones.

Kassian walked out and backhanded his second goal of the series under Jones' pads at 10:45 on the Oilers' 21st shot of the game. Kassian also had the game-winning goal, a short-handed strike, in Game 2.

The Sharks, who haven't scored since Melker Karlsson's overtime winner in Game 1, managed only one shot in the final 1:47 with Jones pulled for an extra attacker.

Jones finished with 21 saves.

Edmonton turned the tables in terms of territorial dominance while enjoying a 12-4 advantage in shots during the second period, but the game remained scoreless after 40 minutes.

San Jose saw its series' struggles on the power play continue with a shot-less advantage after Edmonton's Drake Caggiula boarded Karlsson six minutes into the session. The Sharks dropped to 1-for-14 in the series with the failure.

The Oilers dominated the rest of the period, which remained 5-on-5 for the final 12 minutes.

Connor McDavid was at the center of Edmonton's two best second-period chances. He gained a step on San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to attempt a wrap-around, which Jones denied. And Patrick Maroon couldn't get a handle on the rebound in the slot with a gaping half-net to fill.

Later in the same shift, McDavid cranked off a slapper from the right circle that a laterally-moving Jones froze at 16:22.

It took the hosts nearly eight minutes to record their first shot, but once they got into the flow, the Sharks enjoyed the better of a scoreless opening period.

San Jose received an emotional boost with the return of Joe Thornton, who put the first rubber on Talbot with a wrist shot from the right circle at 7:54.

The Sharks' fourth line, with a blend of youthful speed, size and skill, made a strong push on the following shift as rookie Marcus Sorensen was denied in close on the backhand at 8:33.

San Jose went on the power play at 16:43 when Edmonton winger Benoit Pouliot was guilty of a roughing. But after failing to put a shot on goal, Joel Ward tripped Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera to cut the advantage 48 seconds short.

Jones had to make a stop of Mark Letestu, who capped a four-on-two power-play rush at with a wrister shot from the slot the goalie stopped and froze under his pads.

NOTES: Sharks C Joe Thornton made his series debut after missing the first two games and the final three of the regular season with a left knee injury. He assumed his usual spot on the top line between RW Joe Pavelski and LW Melker Karlsson. F Mikkel Boedker was a healthy scratch after appearing in the first two games of the series. ... Edmonton made no lineup changes from Game 2 to Game 3. ... San Jose C Logan Couture replaced the full face cage he wore the first two games to protect his injured mouth to his usual half-visor look. ... C Micheal Haley, RW Kevin Labanc and D Dylan DeMelo joined Boedker as San Jose's healthy scratches. ... LW Matt Hendricks, RW Iiro Pakarinen, LW Jujhar Khaira and D Eric Gryba did not dress for Edmonton.