SAN JOSE -- The Sharks will have to wait until Sunday to find out who their opponent will be for the Western Conference semifinals after the Detroit Red Wings beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in overtime Friday night to stave off elimination.
Had Anaheim beat Detroit to win the series, the Sharks, seeded sixth, would have played the No. 1 Chicago Blackhawks in the second round with the series starting in Chicago on a yet-to-be-determined date. Anaheim hosts Detroit in Game 7 of that series Sunday.
If the No. 7 Red Wings finish the comeback and beat the Ducks, they, as the lowest remaining seed, would play the Blackhawks and the Sharks will play either No. 4 St. Louis or No. 5 Los Angeles. If Anaheim wins the series, it will face either Los Angeles or St. Louis in the next round.
The Sharks wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday with a 4-3 overtime win at HP Pavilion. They practiced Friday for the first time since that game.
"We're thinking about who we're going to play, but mostly, we're worried about how we're going to play," Sharks center Logan Couture said Friday afternoon. "All three of those teams that we might play are really good teams and have done a great job. But if we continue to play the way we've been playing, hopefully we can beat one of them."