Injury replacement Mark Smith scored his first playoff goal and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 21 shots Thursday in the Sharks' 3-1 series-clinching win over the Blues. More...
Speedy play, win allow Sharks to take it slow
The San Jose Sharks earned Friday off with the NHL's quickest first-round playoff victory.
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|Sharks scratch forwards Thornton, McCauley|
Injured forwards Scott Thornton and Alyn McCauley sat out Game 5 of the Sharks' playoff series with the Blues on Thursday night.
|Sharks drive Blues to brink of elimination|
Unsung Scott Thornton and Alex Korolyuk both scored their first two goals of the playoffs in a 4-3 win Tuesday as the Sharks took a 3-1 series lead on the Blues.
|Blues uncomfortably close to being Shark bait|
If the Blues fail to regain their knack for winning in San Jose, they're headed home for the summer. The Sharks lead the series 3-1 heading into Thursday's Game 5.
|Sillinger sinks teeth into Sharks with hat trick|
Mike Sillinger scored his first playoff hat trick Monday as the Blues finally got to Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov. St. Louis won 4-1, narrowing its series deficit to 2-1.
|Marleau shows scoring teeth for Sharks|
Patrick Marleau scored three goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 25 saves, leading the Sharks to a 3-1 victory over the Blues and a 2-0 series lead.
|Sharks rookie scores in OT to beat Blues|
San Jose's Niko Dimitrakos got quite a souvenir from his first NHL playoff game.
|In the crease: Osgood & Nabokov|
A look at the games of St. Louis' Chris Osgood and San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov.
|Breakdown: Sharks vs. Blues|
San Jose has the goaltending, balance and chemistry to up-end St. Louis in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
|Pacific champ Sharks top Kings in season finale|
The San Jose Sharks head into the playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
|Wild shut out Blues reserves as starters rest|
The Minnesota Wild finished the season strong. Too bad, for them, they didn't turn things around sooner.