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Western Conference Final, Gm 6: STL at SJS

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Agnew: Sharks leaders show determination

Former NHL coach says Thornton, Pavelski wouldn't let San Jose lose Game 6 to St. Louis

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Final between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Gary Agnew to break down the action. Agnew will be checking in throughout the series.

Agnew, 55, was an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets. He also served as interim coach of the Blue Jackets for five games during the 2006-07 season, and has been coach of Syracuse of the American Hockey League and London and Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Metallica lead singer, 'MacGyver' boost Sharks

Hetfield, actor Anderson among Bay Area personalities pumped about San Jose's first trip to Cup Final

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

The San Jose Sharks advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with their 5-2 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final on Wednesday, with assistance from some famous friends.

James Hetfield, co-founder and lead singer for the heavy metal band Metallica, opened the door to the Sharks locker room before the game and traded fist bumps with the players, the sound of Metallica's "Seek and Destroy" blaring in the background.

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5 Reasons: Why Blues were eliminated

Poor home record, lack of offense from Tarasenko among factors in St. Louis losing series

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The St. Louis Blues were two wins from competing in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970. 

But after a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final on Wednesday, the Blues will have to wait another season to try to win the Stanley Cup for the first time.

Here are 5 reasons the Blues were eliminated:

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5 Reasons: Why Sharks advanced

Pavelski, commitment to checking in all zones propelled San Jose to Final

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- It took them 25 years, but the San Jose Sharks have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Sharks defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Wednesday, winning the best-of-7 series 4-2. 

San Jose will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning, which will be decided in Game 7 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Blues devastated by Game 6 loss to Sharks

Failure to win Stanley Cup has players 'pretty shook up'

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock may have wanted to say something to his players Wednesday, but he didn't.

"I see the devastation in our locker room right now," Hitchcock said. "Guys aren't even able to speak. ... We've got some guys that are pretty shook up right now.

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Playoffs bringing out the best in Sharks' Ward

Forward scores twice in series-clinching win to help send San Jose to first Cup Final

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue to bring out the best in San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward.

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Thornton, Marleau lead Sharks to first Cup Final

After numerous disappointments, San Jose's veteran core eager for opportunity to win title

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

SAN JOSE -- The clock counted down, and the fans counted down with it.

"THREE!"

"TWO!"

"ONE!"

The final horn sounded, and it was over: the game, the wait. The San Jose Sharks had defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-2 and eliminated them in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Wednesday, and they had made the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their 25-year history.

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Game 6 loss hits home for Blues' Backes

St. Louis captain reflects on tight-knit group; future with team uncertain

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- His eyes were the first thing you noticed, a shade or two lighter than St. Louis blue, red-rimmed and watery and dim. His feelings were there, on the surface, swirling through sweat and skin and a beard that was supposed to grow two weeks longer.

The regret was tangible. 

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Sharks await Game 1 location for Stanley Cup Final

Would host Lightning, have to travel to play Penguins

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

The San Jose Sharks advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time with a 5-2 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Wednesday.

"We know it's just another step, but it being the first time, it's been a long time, but we're enjoying the ride here," Sharks forward Patrick Marleau told NBCSN. "We've got one more step to go."

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Tarasenko vs. Pavelski, Game 6

Sharks captain scores 3:57 into first period, helping San Jose advance to Stanley Cup Final for first time

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The San Jose Sharks advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history by defeating the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Wednesday.

San Jose, which entered the NHL in 1991, won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play the Pittsburgh Penguins or Tampa Bay Lightning in the Final, beginning Monday.

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