Joe Pavelski got the San Jose Sharks off to a fast start in Game 7 with his franchise record-tying ninth goal of the playoffs to send the Sharks to their first Western Conference final in five years with a 5-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
Joel Ward, Logan Couture, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau also scored as San Jose shook off an overtime loss in Game 6 to reach the conference final for the fourth time in franchise history.
Martin Jones made 20 saves for San Jose's first playoff shutout in six years. The home team won all seven games in this series.
San Jose will open the conference final on the road Sunday against the St. Louis Blues.