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Sharks prepare for Blackhawks in conference finals @NHL

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -On a team filled with Olympians, All-Stars and Stanley Cup winners, it was a rookie who spent more time on planes flying back and forth from the minors than he did on the ice who gave the San Jose Sharks the final point of the season that earned them home-ice advantage.

Logan Couture's shootout goal in the season finale against Phoenix gave San Jose 113 points for the season - one more than Chicago.

Because of that goal, the Sharks will be at home when the teams open their Western Conference final series. The NHL has not announced when the series will start.

Couture had been called up from the minors eight separate times during the season as he shuttled back and forth from San Jose to Worcester, Mass.

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