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Logan Couture Just Wants To Win

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

The Sharks didn't say anything about also passing an advanced placement exam. But that's how good they played. They controlled the action for all but five or six shifts all night. Five different Shark players scored the five goals, including such franchise stalwarts as Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.

Yet of all the Shark ghostbusters, Logan Couture carried the biggest proton pack against Nashville. When he scored Thursday's third goal early in the second period, it cemented in Nashville's mind that this was not going to be a fight they could win. When Couture followed that up with two assists in the third period, he completed one of the greatest series ever played by a San Jose Shark.

Specifically, Couture's 11 points over the seven games against the Predators set a franchise record. Not so specifically, the attitude he carried onto the ice each game -- to block a shot or induce a turnover and never let up even when he might be having a tough night in the faceoff circle -- was the compass of the series.

"He just really wants to win," said teammate Joel Ward of Couture. "He's so tenacious on the puck, battles so hard."

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A Different San Jose Team

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.

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The Season Is Over For The Nashville Predators

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.

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Open Post- Nashville/San Jose Game 7 Winner Advances To The Western Conference Finals

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.

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The San Jose Sharks Face Another Game 7

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. 

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Two Game 7’s Will Decide The Western Conference Finals

 NEW YORK (May 10, 2016) – Four Western Conference rivals will vie for the two berths in the Conference Finals in a pair of Game 7s this week. The Dallas Stars will play host to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, May 11 (8 p.m., ET/7 p.m., CT, NBCSN, SN, TVAS), followed by the San Jose Sharks taking on the Nashville Predators on Thursday, May 12 (start time and broadcast coverage TBA).

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A Game 7 Awaits The Nashville Predators

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

The shots were 25-9 Nashville in the final 40 minutes of regulation, and San Jose’s lone goal after the bang-bang start was a routine Logan Couture shot on the power play that found the net after Rinne lost his footing and slipped to the ice. That threatened to extinguish the Predators despite their dominance.

Yet less than three minutes later, the Predators responded. Mike Ribeiro got the puck to James Neal, who got it to Colin Wilson, who slammed it home. Neal and Wilson continue to terrorize the Sharks.

And Arvidsson continues to … wait, who? Count that as another Laviolette adjustment to pay off — he moved the tiny Swede to the first line with Johansen and Filip Forsberg on Monday, replacing Craig Smith. Arvidsson was a burst of speed and a fluttering backhand and moment to remember in overtime.

“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I saw the crowd go crazy, and I didn’t know really what to do.”

Now the Predators will have to figure out what they need to do to win in San Jose – they’re 0-7 in that building in their postseason history, and the home team is 6-0 in this series. They’ll also have to figure out what to do with that strange, extra day between games.

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Open Post- Dallas Stars And Nashville Predators Face Elimination Tonight

Dallas @ St. Louis 8:00 PM ET NBCSN (John Forslund, Pierre McGuire), CBC & TVAS

San Jose @ Nashville 9:00 PM ET CNBC (Chris Cuthbert, Joe Micheletti), SN & TVAS2

A win tonight will put the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks into the Western Conference Finals.

The Blues don't want to go back to Dallas for game 7 and the Sharks with a win would get a little more time off.

Desperation time tonight.

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The Nashville Predators Are Faced With A Must Win Game

from David Ammenheuser of The Tennessean,

Nashville has never advanced in the playoffs beyond Game 6 of a Western Conference semifinal series. Saturday's 5-1 loss at San Jose puts the Predators in a 3-2 hole in the best-of-seven series. The Predators need a win at home on  Monday to keep their season going and to earn a trip back to San Jose for Game 7 on Thursday.

“I don’t think you look to put (yourself) in that position," James Neal told Tennessean reporter Adam Vingan after Saturday's loss. "I think we just didn’t have our best game tonight for whatever reason, so we just need to go back into Nashville and have a better game and be ready. Our team will. I believe in the guys that we’ll regroup and get some rest and be ready to go, so that’s all that is.”

This is just the second time the Predators are still playing this late into May. The last time came on May 9, 2011, when Vancouver won 2-1 at Bridgestone Arena and eliminated Nashville from the Western Conference semifinals in Game 6.

While the odds are stacked against them, the Predators have been in this must-win-two scenario before.

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The Nashville Predators Were Dominated By The San Jose Sharks

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

The euphoria of a series-tying, triple-overtime victory having subsided, the Predators had to guard against two things in Game 5 on Saturday— the threat of a letdown and a motivated Sharks team eager to retaliate.

They did neither, losing 5-1 to the Sharks and falling behind 3-2 in their second-round series. To avoid elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Predators must rebound in Game 6 on Monday at Bridgestone Arena.

"We weren't as desperate as we needed to be," Predators forward Colin Wilson said. "It was 2-2. Both teams should be in the same mindset, so just the way it went."

Rarely have the Predators been visibly outplayed during the playoffs, but this particular loss was certainly one of their worst performances. If there were any concerns that the Sharks would be demoralized by their physically and emotionally draining loss in Game 4, they quickly swiped those aside.

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