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from Tal Pinchevsky of ESPN,
The San Jose Sharks didn't exorcise all the demons of past playoff disappointments with their 5-0 Game 7 rout of the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. But they did take a big step toward rewriting the history of a franchise long associated with tough luck in the postseason.
Big names such as Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture still make up the core of this team, combining for four goals and six points in Game 7. But look past those familiar names and you'll find five ways this group is very different from Sharks teams of the recent past.
1. The torch has been passed: The Sharks initiated a philosophical shift in 2014 when stars Thornton and Marleau were stripped of their captain's "C" and alternate captain's "A," respectively. Two years later, Pavelski wears the "C" and Couture wears the "A," a wardrobe change symbolizing the final stage of that shift. And with Pavelski and Couture's performances in these Stanley Cup playoffs, they established themselves as faces of this team.
Check out the handshake line below...
from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,
The final tally is seven up, seven down for the Nashville Predators in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, four weeks of roller-coaster hockey to be remembered.
It will be celebrated, too. This team — built by David Poile, coached to relentlessness by Peter Laviolette — did much to shake this franchise’s cutesy, small-market image. There’s no shame in losing to the San Jose Sharks in Thursday’s Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.
There has to be some embarrassment in the final performance, though, and the ugly 5-0 final score. And there should be some regret.
That should precede appreciation of the deepest playoff run in franchise history, and any talk of potential runs to come for a young, talented nucleus. And that’s because you just don’t know when the next opportunity like this will come around.
“It’s a difficult feeling when you work so hard to get to this point and you realize you’re one step from something that, we haven’t been there,” said Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who carried his franchise to the doorstep of its first conference final and was given no chance to open the door.
Game highlights are below...
SHARKS TAME PREDATORS IN GAME 7, ADVANCE TO CONFERENCE FINALS
Logan Couture registered 1-2—3 and Martin Jones (20 SV) earned his first career playoff shutout to lead the Sharks past the Predators and to their fourth appearance in the Western Conference Final (also 2004, 2010 and 2011).
* Couture, who leads all players with 7-10—17 during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (12 GP), posted 6-5—11 in the seven-game victory vs. NSH. Via Elias, that is a Sharks record for points in one postseason series, besting the mark set by Igor Larionov in the 1994 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. DET (2-8—10 in 7 GP). Couture’s 17 playoff points also are one shy of Larionov’s single-year franchise record, established in 1994 (5-13—18 in 14 GP).
2016 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS CONFERENCE FINALS SCHEDULE
NEW YORK (May 12, 2016) – The National Hockey League today confirmed the dates, starting times and television information for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals. The Eastern Conference Final features the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Tampa Bay Lightning and begins Friday in Pittsburgh. The Western Conference Final features the St. Louis Blues against the San Jose Sharks and begins Sunday in St. Louis.
NBC Sports in the U.S. and CBC and TVA Sports in Canada will provide exclusive television coverage of the Conference Finals.
All times listed are ET and subject to change.
The San Jose Sharks defeated the Nahsville Predators 5-0 in Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinal, and as such, San Jose advances to the Western Conference Final, where they'll play the Blues beginning Sunday.
Joel Ward's 2-0 goal and Logan Couture's 3-0 goal are indicative of how the game went for Nashville in their own zone--quite poorly, especially if your names were Shea Weber or Roman Josi:
Nashville @ San Jose 9:00 PM ET, NBCSN, SN & TVAS
Winner will face the St. Louis Blues on Sunday at 8:00pm ET in game 1 of the WCF.
I am going with what some will consider an upset, Pekka Rinne 'stands on his head' and the Predators win 3-1.
TORONTO (May 12, 2016) This is going to be good. Tomorrow, four teams will be just eight wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup - and Sportsnet is ready to roll with blanket coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, and the St. Louis Blues vs. either the Nashville Predators or the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final.
via Lisa Dillman tweets,
Another Darryl Sutter update. Hearing he has agreed to terms with the Kings
Expect an official announcement as early as tomorrow.
Money per yr is more than Todd M in Edmonton
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
The San Jose Sharks know outsiders will be judging them leading up to Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Nashville Predators at SAP Center on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).
The narrative will be about past failures, including their most recent Game 7, a fourth straight loss to the Los Angeles Kings that sent San Jose out of the playoffs in the first round in 2014.
Veteran forward Joe Thornton, often a central figure in those stories, doesn't care about the past. At 36, Thornton, knows the opportunities to play in these games are dwindling.
And so may the chances for this group of veteran Sharks to win.
San Jose has never made it to the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks reached the Western Conference Final in 2010 and 2011, but lost to Chicago and Vancouver, respectively.
They have since lost in the first round to the St. Louis Blues in 2012 and then had back-to-back Game 7 losses to the Kings, the first coming in the second round in 2013.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
He did not sound like a man who was contemplating other NHL options or even planning to raise cattle full time.
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was direct about his future with the organization in an interview Thursday morning with The Times. The Kings have made a contract offer to their two-time Stanley Cup winning coach, and Sutter indicated his intention was to be behind the bench in Los Angeles this fall.
“I’m under contract until July 1,” he said. “I have no desire to go anywhere else or do any of that. We’ll get it worked out. That’s my plan.”
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