No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 3 Detroit
(Sharks win series 4-3)

Game 1: Sharks 2, Red Wings 1 (OT)

Game 2: Sharks 2, Red Wings 1

Game 3: Sharks 4, Red Wings 3

Game 4: Red Wings 4, Sharks 3

Game 5: Red Wings 4, Sharks 3

Game 6: Red Wings 3, Sharks 1


Sharks captain Joe Thornton salutes the San Jose faithful after the Sharks eliminated Detroit in Game 7. (Ezra Shaw/GETTY IMAGES)

Quote of the night: “I think we proved we have just a little bit of resiliency.” — Sharks goal-scorer Devin Setoguchi on Game 7

- Read the full story from Game 7

- You can exhale, Sharks fans, your team held on by the skins of their fins, writes San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy

- Video: This time, the Sharks don’t choke

- In winning Game 7 against the Red Wings, San Jose’s Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton find sweet redemption, writes San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami

- Game 7 brought a heartbreaking end to a thrilling series for the Red Wings, writes Detroit Free-Press columnist Drew Sharp

- Despite a valiant effort, the Red Wings finally ran out of rallies in Game 7 (Detroit Free-Press)

- San Jose avoided yet another playoff collapse to end Detroit’s wild run (National Post)

- Thursday night the Sharks finally proved they could win the big game when it counted (ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBruin)

- Box score

- Tweets and facebook updates from around the country during Thursday’s Game 7 (San Jose Mercury News)

- Veteran Nicklas Lidstrom will take time to ponder retirement or a return to Detroit (Detroit Free-Press)

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 2 San Jose

Game 1: Sunday at Vancouver, 8 p.m. (Versus)

Game 2: Wednesday at Vancouver, 9 p.m. (Versus)

Game 3: Friday at San Jose, 9 p.m. (Versus)

Game 4: Sunday, May 22 at San Jose, 3 p.m. (NBC)

*Game 5: Tuesday, May 24 at Vancouver, 9 p.m. (Versus)

*Game 6: Thursday, May 26 at San Jose, 9 p.m. (Versus)

*Game 7: Saturday, May 28 at Vancouver, 8 p.m. (Versus)

- The Vancouver Sun explores what’s behind the in­cred­ible playoff feats of star center Ryan Kesler

- The Canucks set their sights on another top-notch goalie in San Jose’s Antti Niemi (Vancover Sun)

- Apparently the rest of Canada is none too eager to hop aboard the Vancouver bandwagon, which is just fine with Canucks fans (Vancouver Sun)

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

No. 3 Boston vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay

Game 1: Saturday at Boston, 8 p.m. (Versus)

Game 2: Tuesday at Boston, 8 p.m. (Versus)

Game 3: Thursday, May 19 at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. (Versus)

Game 4: Saturday, May 21 at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. (Versus)

*Game 5: Monday, May 23 at Boston, 8 p.m. (Versus)

*Game 6: Wednesday, May 25 at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. (Versus)

*Game 7: Friday, May 27 at Boston, 8 p.m. (Versus)

- Two years after joining the Bruins as a temporary stop-gap, Mark Recchi is still in Boston and continues to produce (Boston Globe)

- When the Lightning claimed their first cup in 2004, a key defenseman led the way. Now Eric Brewer is playing that role. (Tampa Tribune)

- Martin St. Louis and Bruins goalie Tim Thomas are old friends, and big-time rivals (Tampa Tribune)

- The Bruins know they have a challenge ahead of them as they try to bottle up Tampa’s high-octane attack (Boston Globe)

- The Boston Globe takes a look at the Bruins’ best playoff beards

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