Despite their reputation for going quietly in elimination games, the Sharks often have been a tough out in those contests. Here are some of their best performances in elimination games, both in victory and defeat.
In victory: May 12, 2011 -- Sharks beat Detroit 3-2 in Game 7 of Western Conference semifinals at HP Pavilion. Patrick Marleau scored game-winning goal. April 25, 2009 -- Sharks beat Anaheim 3-2 in Game 5 of quarterfinals at the Tank. Marleau scored game-winner at 6:02 of overtime. Sharks eliminated in Game 6. April 22, 2008 -- Sharks beat Calgary 5-3 in Game 7 of quarterfinals at HP. Jeremy Roenick had two goals and two assists. April 25, 2000 -- Sharks beat St. Louis 3-1 in Game 7 of quarterfinals in St. Louis. Owen Nolan scored from beyond blue line against Roman Turek. Winning goalie for Sharks was Steve Shields. May 19, 1995 -- Sharks over Calgary 5-4 in Game 7 of quarterfinals in Calgary. Ray Whitney scored winner in the second overtime. April 30, 1994 -- Sharks stun top-seeded Detroit 3-2 in Game 7 of quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena. Jamie Baker's goal was the difference.
In defeat: May 24, 2011 -- Sharks lose to Vancouver 3-2 in Game 5 of Western Conference finals in Vancouver. Kevin Bieska scores freak goal at 10:18 of second overtime. Sharks ousted from playoffs. May 4, 2008 -- Sharks eliminated by host Dallas 2-1 in Game 6 of semifinals. Brenden Morrow scored at 9:03 of fourth overtime. San Jose fell behind 3-0 in series and won two elimination games to reach Game 6. May 15, 2002 -- Sharks lose to host Colorado 1-0 in Game 7 of semifinals when Teemu Selanne misses an open-net wraparound attempt that would have tied the game late. Peter Forsberg scored game's only goal. May 3, 1999 -- Sharks eliminated by Avalanche 3-2 in Game 6 of quarterfinals at the Tank. Milan Hejduk scored for Colorado at 13:12 of overtime. Series was delayed by the Columbine High School tragedy. May 2, 1998 -- Sharks go down in overtime, losing to visiting Dallas 3-2 in Game 6 of the quarterfinals on a goal by Mike Keane.