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Sharks advance to 1st Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history with 5-2 Game 6 win

San Jose took control of Game 6 early and never relented in the Western Conference Final finale.

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For the first time in their 25-year history, the Sharks are going to play for a Stanley Cup. Led by captain Joe Pavelski, Joel Ward and the goaltending of Martin Jones, San Jose bested the St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-2 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

The Sharks held the Blues to 26 shots in the elimination game. San Jose will play the winner of Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, who face off in their own Game 7 Thursday night.

Pavelski opened the scoring for the Sharks after a failed breakaway attempt by Joe Thornton at 3:57 of the first period. The puck was fired high and wide on the chance, and Pavelski looped around the net and deposited it through the legs of Brian Elliott as the goaltender could not track the puck behind the cage.

Five minutes into the second period, the Sharks put themselves up 2-0 on a deflection goal from Joel Ward. Brent Burns' point shot hit Ward with traffic in front of the net, giving Elliott no chance on the puck.

The Blues held the Sharks off the board on a four-minute power play after Scottie Upshall took a high sticking double minor in the early stages of the middle period. The game started to shift, but Ward got the 3-0 dagger 3:01 into the third period. Logan Couture's cross ice shot was right on the tape of Ward, who tipped the puck in past Elliott glove side.

Joonas Donskoi added another for the Sharks five minutes later, putting a one-timer home from the slot on an odd-man break that set San Jose up 4-0 in the game.

St. Louis got one on the board on Vladimir Tarasenko's first of the series at 11:39 of the period, then he added his second five minutes later, but the pair of goals was too little too late to spark a Blues comeback.

Couture hit an empty net to seal the win for the Sharks with 20 seconds to play.