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Predators vs. Sharks 2016 final score: San Jose rolls over Nashville en route to conference finals

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A five goal blowout has the Sharks advancing to the Western Conference Final.

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The Sharks stomped all over the Predators in Game 7 as their 5-0 victory has them headed to the Western Conference Final against the Blues.

Martin Jones had just 20 shots to save in the shutout as the Sharks offense did all of the work.

Joe Pavelski got the Sharks rout started with his ninth goal of the playoffs. A careless Predators penalty for delay of game put the Sharks on the power play, and Pavelski finished some crisp passing by going top shelf on Pekka Rinne for the 1-0 score.

The first of two bad Predators defensive mistakes came on Joel Ward's goal that ended the first period. With three minutes remaining in the opening frame, Roman Josi hesitated for a split second too long, which allowed Ward to go around him on a breakaway.

The Sharks added on to their lead to start the second period, which widened the gap to 3-0. This time, Shea Weber coughed up a costly turnover right to Logan Couture in the offensive zone. Couture went five-hole on Rinne just 36 seconds into period two.

Another early goal in the third period put the game away for the Sharks. Ward jumped on a play in San Jose's defensive zone, which gave the Sharks a 4-on-1 racing down the ice. Couture's shot on Rinne fell right to the side of the cage, which gave Joe Thornton an easy tap in under the pad to increase the Sharks' lead to 4-0.

Patrick Marleau chased Rinne after another odd man rush went the way of the Sharks. Marleau and Couture connected on a 2-on-1 break, and Marleau finished the rush with a snipe over the glove of Rinne for the 5-0 score four minutes into the third for the final score of the night.