Pekka Rinne

Sharks look to shed past following 5-0 Game 7 win vs. Preds

A Game 7 win for a franchise haunted by playoff disappointments can help silence the skeptics. But the San Jose Sharks know they have plenty of more work to do before ending all those questions about their past.

The Sharks took another big step achieving that when they jumped on top of Nashville early in a dominant Game 7 win. Captain Joe Pavelski started the scoring early with his franchise record-tying ninth goal of the playoffs that helped send San Jose to its first Western Conference final in five years with a 5-0 victory over the Predators on Thursday night.

"There will be doubters until we go all the way," said Logan Couture, who had a goal and two assists to...