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San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton talks to reporters during Stanley Cup Finals media day in Pittsburgh, Sunday May 29, 2016. The Sharks face off in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, May 30, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Long road to Cup Final ends for rebuilt Sharks and Penguins

PITTSBURGH — It wasn't supposed to take the San Jose Sharks this…

San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton talks to reporters during Stanley Cup Finals media day in Pittsburgh, Sunday May 29, 2016. The Sharks face off in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, May 30, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
San Jose Sharks fans love their team in the postseason. In Pittsburgh, hockey is religion. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

’Guins, Fins make odd Stanley Cup-ple

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the…

San Jose Sharks fans love their team in the postseason. In Pittsburgh, hockey is religion. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski, center, celebrates his goal with teammates Patrick Marleau, right, and Joe Thornton (19) during the first period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal series against the Nashville Predators on Thursday, May 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Longtime Sharks savor first trip to Stanley Cup finals

SAN JOSE — Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have been linked ever…

San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski, center, celebrates his goal with teammates Patrick Marleau, right, and Joe Thornton (19) during the first period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal series against the Nashville Predators on Thursday, May 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Joonas Donskoi celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period in Game 6 on Wednesday. The Sharks won 5-2. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Sharks earn first Stanley Cup finals berth in team history

And so a quarter-century of silence is over. That’s a figure of…

Joonas Donskoi celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period in Game 6 on Wednesday. The Sharks won 5-2. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Patrick Marleau knows how important the Sharks’ first Stanley Cup finals berth would be for the organization. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Sharks one win away from first Stanley Cup finals

SAN JOSE — Patrick Marleau has played more than 1,500 games with…

Patrick Marleau knows how important the Sharks’ first Stanley Cup finals berth would be for the organization. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals against the St. Louis Blues, Monday, May 23, 2016, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Pavelski scores twice, Sharks top Blues to take 3-2 lead

ST. LOUIS — All the time Joe Pavelski has spent practicing his…

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals against the St. Louis Blues, Monday, May 23, 2016, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said his team doesn’t need to make any big changes. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks’ roster to stand pat ahead of Game 5

ST. LOUIS — San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer expects a bounce-back…

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said his team doesn’t need to make any big changes. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants appear to be on a crash course for the NLCS. (Jeff Chiu/2015 AP)

Giant killers? Cubs are still Cubs until further notice

The MLB regular season is sort of like what Yogi Berra once…

The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants appear to be on a crash course for the NLCS. (Jeff Chiu/2015 AP)
Tomas Hertl celebrates his goal with teammates Joe Thornton (19) and Joe Pavelski (8) during Game 3 on Thursday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks blank Blues again, take 2-1 series lead

SAN JOSE — For a San Jose team whose playoff struggles have…

Tomas Hertl celebrates his goal with teammates Joe Thornton (19) and Joe Pavelski (8) during Game 3 on Thursday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Joel Ward and St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny battle for

For Sharks, it’s power play or perish

SAN JOSE — When Peter DeBoer took over as coach in San…

Joel Ward and St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny battle for
Nick Spaling (16) watches the puck as his teammate center Tommy Wingels (57) scores a shot against St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) during the first period of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Sharks take advantage of power plays, tie series

ST. LOUIS — The San Jose Sharks got their power play revved…

Nick Spaling (16) watches the puck as his teammate center Tommy Wingels (57) scores a shot against St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) during the first period of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
St. Louis Blues center David Backes, right, scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Sunday, May 15, 2016, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Elliott leads way, Blues beat Sharks 2-1 in Game 1

ST. LOUIS — Brian Elliott had another standout game in net, David…

St. Louis Blues center David Backes, right, scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Sunday, May 15, 2016, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
The Sharks and Blues played Game 1 like the Western Conference Finals would be a long series. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Sharks want more penalties called on Blues

ST. LOUIS — The San Jose Sharks got just three power plays…

The Sharks and Blues played Game 1 like the Western Conference Finals would be a long series. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Martin Jones will be key if the Sharks make their first-ever Stanley Cup finals. (Ben Margot/AP)

Playoff redemption awaits winner of Sharks-Blues series

SAN JOSE — One of the playoff-success challenged franchises in St. Louis…

Martin Jones will be key if the Sharks make their first-ever Stanley Cup finals. (Ben Margot/AP)
The excitement of the NBA Playoffs can finally get under way with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors ready to do battle in the Western Conference Finals. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

’Bout time: NBA needs Thunder-Warriors clash

OK, now that the jayvee games are over finally, can we start…

The excitement of the NBA Playoffs can finally get under way with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors ready to do battle in the Western Conference Finals. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Joel Ward, left, celebrates after scoring past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne in the first period of Game 7 on Thursday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks advance to west finals

SAN JOSE — Captain Joe Pavelski and the rest of San Jose’s…

Joel Ward, left, celebrates after scoring past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne in the first period of Game 7 on Thursday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
The San Jose Sharks have struggled at home all season. If they don’t win today in San Jose, their 2015-16 campaign will be over. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks must complete difficult task of winning at home

SAN JOSE — All season long the San Jose Sharks faced questions…

The San Jose Sharks have struggled at home all season. If they don’t win today in San Jose, their 2015-16 campaign will be over. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (38), of Sweden, scores the winning goal against San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during overtime in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Monday, May 9, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won in overtime 4-3 to tie the series 3-3. Also defending for the Sharks is Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44). (Mark Humphrey/AP)

Predators force another Game 7 by beating Sharks 4-3 in OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Viktor Arvidsson's first playoff goal of his young career…

Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (38), of Sweden, scores the winning goal against San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during overtime in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Monday, May 9, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won in overtime 4-3 to tie the series 3-3. Also defending for the Sharks is Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44). (Mark Humphrey/AP)
Joe Pavelski celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Nashville Predators during the second period of Game 5on Saturday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks secure 3-2 series lead

SAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski scored two goals and the San Jose…

Joe Pavelski celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Nashville Predators during the second period of Game 5on Saturday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic defends Predators center Paul Gaustad (28) during Game 4. Vlasic is no stranger to putting his body on the line against a speeding slapshot. (Mark Zaleski/AP)

NHL defenders put team above human nature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The only good thing about taking a puck to…

Marc-Edouard Vlasic defends Predators center Paul Gaustad (28) during Game 4. Vlasic is no stranger to putting his body on the line against a speeding slapshot. (Mark Zaleski/AP)