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25th Year In Teal: Smashing Nash

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

In 2015-16 the San Jose Sharks celebrated their 25th anniversary season. It was also the best season in franchise history, including the team's first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final. To commemorate, we're taking a look back at the 25 most memorable, funny, and best moments of the 25th anniversary.

After dispatching Los Angeles in five games, the San Jose Sharks faced their next playoff foe: the Nashville Predators. The two teams had previous met in the playoffs in 2005-06 and 2006-07, with the Sharks winning in five games both times.

The series had a rather unusual start: a stray cat had wandered into the area prior to Game 1 and out onto the ice during warmups. The cat, rescued by area staff and named "Joe Paw-velski" (later renamed Jo Paw-velski after discovering the cat was a girl), became an unofficial mascot for the team.

The Sharks went on to win the first two games at home in front of a raucous crowd.

However, Nashville won their two home games as well, including a triple-overtime Game 4. The Sharks won Game 5 at home, and the Predators won Game 6. The home team held serve for the duration of the series, and that was no different in Game 7.

To say the Sharks came out strong for Game 7 was an understatement; they shut down the Predators 5-0 to win the game and the series. Martin Jones had his first career playoff shutout. And the Sharks reached the Western Conference Final for the fourth time in franchise history.

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