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5 Reasons: Why Predators were eliminated

Problems on penalty kill, tough travel schedule among reasons for Nashville defeat against San Jose

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators were dominated from start to finish in their 5-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round.

It's the third time the Predators had been eliminated in the second round. They never have reached the conference finals.

The Predators played back-to-back seven-game series for the first time, but after eliminating the Anaheim Ducks in the first round, they weren't able to execute well enough to get past the Sharks.

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5 Reasons: Why Sharks advanced

Outstanding series from Couture, Jones big part of San Jose's success

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks saved their best game for last in the Western Conference Second Round against the Nashville Predators.

The Sharks defeated the Predators 5-0 in Game 7 at SAP Center on Thursday to advance to the Western Conference Final for the fourth time, and first time since 2011.

The Sharks can reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time with a victory against the St. Louis Blues in the conference final, which begins Sunday at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Couture's 11 points in series most in Sharks history

Center has goal, two assists in Game 7 against Predators to set record

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Center Logan Couture had 11 points in the Western Conference Second Round against the Nashville Predators to set the San Jose Sharks record for most points in a Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Couture had six goals and five assists in the second-round series, and his 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 12 playoff games lead the NHL.

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Sharks answer every question with Game 7 win

Decisive victory against Nashville puts San Jose into Western Final against St. Louis

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director, Editorial

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks have talked a mean game all spring about their new identity. On Thursday, they played a mean game to prove it.

The Sharks were relentless and gave no quarter in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round series, rampaging past the Nashville Predators at SAP Center. The 5-0 victory put the Sharks to the conference final for the first time since 2011.

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Predators' Game 7 hopes crushed by Sharks early

Nashville never recovered after falling behind 2-0, getting outshot 17-3 in first period

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- The Nashville Predators' Game 7 dreams, so positive and hopeful in the hours before the opening faceoff Thursday, turned negative and bleak in less than a period.

The San Jose Sharks dominated the first 20 minutes of Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center, scoring twice on 17 shots on goal to put themselves on the path to a 5-0 victory that has them in the conference final against the St. Louis Blues.

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Instant analysis: Predators at Sharks, Game 7

San Jose dominates first period, cruises past Nashville into Western Conference Final

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators 5-0 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Thursday to advance to the conference final against the St. Louis Blues.

Right wing Joe Pavelski scored a power-play goal at 9:02 of the first period, and left wing Joel Ward scored on a breakaway at 16:51 of the period to get the Sharks off to a fast start.

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Sharks shut out Predators in Game 7

San Jose advances to play St. Louis in Western Conference Final

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward scored first-period goals, Martin Jones had a 20-save shutout, and the San Jose Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators 5-0 in Game 7 to win their Western Conference Second Round series at SAP Center on Thursday.

The Sharks advanced to the Western Conference Final for the fourth time, the first since 2011. They will play the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Titans TE Walker rooting hard for Predators

Pro Bowler's energy fixed on Nashville's run through Playoffs

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Delanie Walker is a star tight end for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League and hasn't been shy about his rooting interest in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Walker is an avid fan of the Nashville Predators and will be cheering them on when they visit the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round series at SAP Center on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). The series is tied 3-3 and the winner will advance to play the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final.

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5 Keys: Predators at Sharks, Game 7

San Jose, Nashville players need to stay composed, embrace the moment

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks play Game 7 of their Western Conference Second Round series at SAP Center on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). The series is tied 3-3 and the winner advances to the Western Conference Final to play the St. Louis Blues.

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Sharks forward Nieto out for Game 7 against Predators

Wingels back in San Jose lineup; Karlsson expected to skate on third line

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 7: PREDATORS at SHARKS

Western Conference Second Round

Best-of-7 series tied 3-3

TV: 9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks forward Matt Nieto will not play against the Nashville Predators in Game 7 at SAP Center on Thursday because of an undisclosed injury.

Nieto was injured late in the first period of San Jose's 4-3 overtime loss to Nashville in Game 6 at Bridgestone Arena on Monday and didn't return.

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