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The Sharks haven’t lost back-to-back games since 2015. If that trend continues, they’ll return home with a 3-1 series lead over the Predators. (Mark Zaleski/AP)

Sharks aim to maintain road magic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The NHL’s best road team is coming off its…

The Sharks haven’t lost back-to-back games since 2015. If that trend continues, they’ll return home with a 3-1 series lead over the Predators. (Mark Zaleski/AP)
Joe Pavelski celebrates after scoring a goal past Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne during the third period of Game 2 on Sunday. (Tony Avelar/AP)

From ‘Little Joe’ to ‘Big Pavelski’

SAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski's transformation as an NHL player can be…

Joe Pavelski celebrates after scoring a goal past Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne during the third period of Game 2 on Sunday. (Tony Avelar/AP)
San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) scores a goal past Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) and goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the third period  Sunday San Jose. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Pavelski’s late goal gives Sharks 3-2 win over Predators

SAN JOSE — The Nashville Predators frustrated Joe Pavelski and San Jose's…

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) scores a goal past Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) and goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the third period  Sunday San Jose. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Joel Ward (42) celebrates after scoring against the Nashville Predators in the third period of Game 1 on Friday. San Jose won 5-2. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks fall behind early, dominate late, take 1-0 series lead

SAN JOSE — Since early in his career in Nashville, the playoffs…

Joel Ward (42) celebrates after scoring against the Nashville Predators in the third period of Game 1 on Friday. San Jose won 5-2. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
The Sharks have been awaiting an opponent for days. Will they be able to regain their momentum against the Predators? (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Sharks, Predators to find out which wins: Rest or rhythm

SAN JOSE — Since the San Jose Sharks last played a game,…

The Sharks have been awaiting an opponent for days. Will they be able to regain their momentum against the Predators? (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
Melker Karlsson, right, celebrates with center Patrick Marleau before eliminating the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 on Friday. The Sharks must await their next opponent, either the Nashville Predators or Anaheim Ducks. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Sharks forced to play waiting game after eliminating Kings

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks are happy to wait a…

Melker Karlsson, right, celebrates with center Patrick Marleau before eliminating the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 on Friday. The Sharks must await their next opponent, either the Nashville Predators or Anaheim Ducks. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
The Sharks are one game away from advancing. (Ben Margot/AP)

Sharks can put past failures behind them with one more win

Closing time is here for three Stanley Cup contenders. Washington, Dallas and…

The Sharks are one game away from advancing. (Ben Margot/AP)
Los Angeles Kings’ Drew Doughty, right, turns away as the San Jose Sharks celebrate a goal by Patrick Marleau during the third period of Game 4 on  Wednesday in San Jose. The Sharks won 3-2. (Ben Margot/AP)

Sharks convert three power plays, take 3-1 series lead over Kings

SAN JOSE — Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski scored power-play goals in…

Los Angeles Kings’ Drew Doughty, right, turns away as the San Jose Sharks celebrate a goal by Patrick Marleau during the third period of Game 4 on  Wednesday in San Jose. The Sharks won 3-2. (Ben Margot/AP)
San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl (48) fights with Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown (23) during the third period of Game 3 of round one of the Stanley Cup playoff series Monday, April 18, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks need production beyond first-line to clinch series

After getting a dominant performance from top center Anze Kopitar, more than…

San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl (48) fights with Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown (23) during the third period of Game 3 of round one of the Stanley Cup playoff series Monday, April 18, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Joe Pavelski, left, celebrates his goal with defenseman Brent Burns during Game 2 of their series against the Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks lead 2-0. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Sharks come home aiming to sustain momentum

The Sharks have returned to familiar territory from their last trip to…

Joe Pavelski, left, celebrates his goal with defenseman Brent Burns during Game 2 of their series against the Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks lead 2-0. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
Sharks center Logan Couture, middle, scores past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and defenseman Jake Muzzin during the second period of Game 2 on Saturday. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Sharks build 2-0 series lead against Kings

LOS ANGELES — Captain Joe Pavelski scored his third goal in two…

Sharks center Logan Couture, middle, scores past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and defenseman Jake Muzzin during the second period of Game 2 on Saturday. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick reacts after being scored on by the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl during Game 1 of their first-round series. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Sharks nip Kings in Game 1

LOS ANGELES — Joe Pavelski broke a tie with his second goal…

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick reacts after being scored on by the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl during Game 1 of their first-round series. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, right, stops a shot next to Tomas Hertl (48) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 9, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose won 1-0. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks aim to shed identity of playoff collapsers

SAN JOSE — After a one-year hiatus, the San Jose Sharks are…

Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, right, stops a shot next to Tomas Hertl (48) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 9, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose won 1-0. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Bill Clinton gives Bill Wennington a thumbs up as Michael Jordan looks on when the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls were feted at the White House. (Ron Edmonds/1997 AP)

Defiant Jordanaires won’t give up win record easily

The footsteps grow louder each day. A lot louder. And the 1995-96…

Bill Clinton gives Bill Wennington a thumbs up as Michael Jordan looks on when the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls were feted at the White House. (Ron Edmonds/1997 AP)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence hits during a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, March 16, in Peoria, Ariz. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Hot Pence springs forward, Giants’ hopes follow him

Quick — pack Hunter Pence in bubble wrap and ship him to…

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence hits during a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, March 16, in Peoria, Ariz. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Joe Thornton (19) during the first period of their game against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in San Jose. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks head into All-Star break on best roll in 5 years

SAN JOSE — After an up-and-down start to the season, the San…

San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Joe Thornton (19) during the first period of their game against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in San Jose. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
San Jose's Joe Pavelski, left, and the Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar chase the puck during the second period of the Sharks' 5-1 win over the Kings on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Pavelski leads Sharks’ 5-1 rout of LA Kings in opener

LOS ANGELES — Captain Joe Pavelski had a goal and two assists,…

San Jose's Joe Pavelski, left, and the Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar chase the puck during the second period of the Sharks' 5-1 win over the Kings on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland speaks with the media after a meeting of NHL hockey general managers Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

NHL plans move to 3-on-3 overtime period next season

LAS VEGAS — The NHL plans to play three-on-three in overtime next…

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland speaks with the media after a meeting of NHL hockey general managers Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Jason Franson/AP via the Canadian PressJose Sharks Logan Couture (39)

Bryan Lerg scores in NHL debut, Sharks beat Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta — Bryan Lerg scored in his NHL debut and the…

Jason Franson/AP via the Canadian PressJose Sharks Logan Couture (39)
George Nikitin/APThe Sharks' Logan Couture and goalie Alex Stalock

Sharks knocked out of playoff race, lose to Stars

SAN JOSE — Jamie Benn scored twice, Colton Sceviour scored in the…

George Nikitin/APThe Sharks' Logan Couture and goalie Alex Stalock