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Avalanche, Sharks Vie for Western Conference Final Berth in Game 7

Teams will be meeting in its second head-to-head decisive contest

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks will cap a dramatic Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they contest Game 7 on Wednesday, May 8, at SAP Center at San Jose (7 p.m., MT, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). The winner will advance to the Western Conference Final and face the winner of Tuesday's Game 7 between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars.

The Avalanche will be appearing in a Game 7 for the first time since the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild. The Avalanche lost that outing 5-4 in overtime to the Wild, which became the first team in NHL history to record four score-tying goals in a Game 7. Five members of that Avalanche team remain with the club: Tyson Barrie (did not play in Game 7), Erik Johnson, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Semyon Varlamov.

The Sharks will contest multiple Game 7s in a postseason for the second time in franchise history and first since the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the decisive game of their First Round series, the Sharks became the second team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit to win a Game 7, a 5-4 overtime decision against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Sharks forward Kevin Labanc (1-3--4) factored on all four Sharks goals in the third period to become the first player in League history to record four points in a period during a Game 7. He also matched the NHL record for most points in any playoff period. San Jose's overtime hero was forward Barclay Goodrow, who joined Ray Whitney (2OT in 1995 CQF at Calgary) as the second player in Sharks history to score in overtime of a Game 7.

Colorado and San Jose will require Game 7 for the second time in five all-time head-to-head series. During the 2002 Conference Semifinals, Peter Forsberg--who potted the overtime winner in Game 6--scored the only goal in Game 7 to power the Avalanche to a 1-0 regulation victory over the Sharks.

Overall, the Avalanche owns an all-time record of 6-7 in its 13 previous Game 7s, including a 2-4 mark as the visiting team. The Sharks are 7-4 in their 11 all-time Game 7s, including a 4-1 clip on home ice.

PDF: Game 7 Notes & Statistics

Team Game 7 Results

San Jose Sharks (7-4)
4/23/19, Western Conference First Round vs. Vegas (VGK 4 at SJS 5, OT)
5/12/16, Western Conference Second Round vs. Nashville (NSH 0 at SJS 5)
4/30/14, Western Conference First Round vs. Los Angeles (LAK 5 at SJS 1)
5/28/13, Western Conference SF vs. Los Angeles (SJS 1 at LAK 2)
5/12/11, Western Conference SF vs. Detroit (DET 2 at SJS 3)
4/22/08, Western Conference QF vs. Calgary (CGY 3 at SJS 5)
5/15/02, Western Conference SF vs. Colorado (SJS 0 at COL 1)
4/25/00, Western Conference QF vs. St. Louis (SJS 3 at STL 1)
5/19/95, Western Conference QF vs. Calgary (SJS 5 at CGY 4, 2OT)
5/14/94, Western Conference SF vs. Toronto (SJS 2 at TOR 4)
4/30/94, Western Conference QF vs. Detroit (SJS 3 at DET 2)

Colorado Avalanche (6-7)
4/30/14, Western Conference First Round vs. Minnesota (MIN 5 at COL 4, OT)
4/22/03, Western Conference QF vs. Minnesota (MIN 3 at COL 2, OT)
5/31/02, Western Conference Final vs. Detroit (COL 0 at DET 7)
5/15/02, Western Conference SF vs. San Jose (SJS 0 at COL 1)
4/29/02, Western Conference QF vs. Los Angeles (LAK 0 at COL 4)
6/9/01, Stanley Cup Final vs. New Jersey (NJD 1 at COL 3)
5/9/01, Western Conference SF vs. Los Angeles (LAK 1 at COL 5)
5/27/00, Western Conference Final vs. Dallas (COL 2 at DAL 3)
6/4/99, Western Conference Final vs. Dallas (COL 1 at DAL 4)
5/4/98, Western Conference QF vs. Edmonton (EDM 4 at COL 0)
5/2/87, Adams Division Final vs. Montreal (QUE 3 at MTL 5)
5/2/85, Adams Division Final vs. Montreal (QUE 3 at MTL 2, OT)
4/25/82, Adams Division Final vs. Boston (QUE 2 at BOS 1)
* includes Quebec Nordiques (1979-1995)

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