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Predators, Sharks history in Game 7

Nashville to play second in its history, each in 2016; San Jose hasn't won since 2011

by Joe Calabrese and Ben Zweiman / Staff Writers

The Nashville Predators defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in overtime in Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round at Bridgestone Arena on Monday to force Game 7 at SAP Center on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

It will be the 10th Game 7 in Sharks history, and the second for the Predators, who played their first last month.

The Sharks are 5-4 in Game 7 (2-1 at home) all-time. They have never lost a Stanley Cup Playoff series to the Predators, eliminating Nashville in five games in the first round in 2006 and in 2007.

It will be San Jose's first Game 7 in the 2016 playoffs.

The Sharks were defeated by the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 in 2013 and in 2014. After losing 2-1 at Staples Center in the second round in 2013, San Jose became the fourth team in NHL history to lose a series after leading 3-0 when the Kings won 5-1 at SAP Center to advance to the second round.

The Sharks last won a Game 7 when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in the second round on May 12, 2011; they lost to the Vancouver Canucks in five games in the conference final.

On April 27, the Predators played the first Game 7 in their history, a 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks in the first round. Nashville forward Paul Gaustad scored the winning goal in the first period, and goalie Pekka Rinne made 36 saves.

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