Sharks fight to end, but future uncertain

Updated: May 23, 2010, 9:03 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- This time, the San Jose Sharks head home without feeling shame.

After five years of playoff frustration, the Sharks can empty their lockers knowing they left it all on the ice this spring, but simply ran into the NHL's best team, the Chicago Blackhawks, in the Western Conference finals.

And the perennial whipping boys, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, also escape blame this time around. Thornton was solid in all three rounds, while Marleau caught fire in the ...

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