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Nashville Predators Shut Out 5-0 by San Jose Sharks

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Nashville Predators Shut Out 5-0 by San Jose Sharks

The Nashville Predators have been able to pull some rabbits out of their collective hat this playoff season, but the clutch luck ran out in spectacular fashion on Thursday night as they were shut out 5-0 by the San Jose Sharks in Game 7, sending the Sharks to the Western Conference Finals.

The Sharks drew blood early, scoring on two goals in seven minutes, one from Joe Pavelski and one from Joel Ward.

The Predators were sunk when Logan Cotoure scored just 36 seconds into the second period. They were unable to score, nor even get relatively close to scoring, as the puck remained at the Nashville end of the rink for most of the game.

The third period saw Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau score the fourth and fifth unanswered goals, which led Predators goalie Pekka Rinne to break his stick against the goalposts and skate to the bench with his helmet off, at which point he was replaced in goal by Carter Hutton.

The seven game stand in the second round still stands as the longest playoff run in Predators history, as well as the longest game in team history.

The Sharks will face the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference finals, while the Pittsburgh Penguins will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals.

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