Sharks' 10 straight playoff exits
Sharks playoff history
The San Jose Sharks have been a mainstay in the NHL Playoffs since the beginning of their existence in 1991. The Sharks have made it to the postseason in 17 of a possible 22 seasons, including each of the past 10 seasons -- the second longest streak behind the Detroit Red Wings.
2003-04 Conference Finals
Fresh off a Pacific Division title, the San Jose Sharks came on strong in the 2003-04 playoffs, defeating the St. Louis Blues in the first round, 4-1. They played the likes of Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake of the Colorado Avalanche in the conference semis and advanced 3-2. They faced NHL goal-leader Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames in the conference finals and lost 4-2.
2004-05 Conference Semifinals
After the NHL strike of 2004-2005, the Sharks placed second in the Pacific Division for the 2005-2006 season. San Jose lost Game 1 of its opening matchup against the Nashville Predators before winning four-straight and advancing. The Sharks won Games 1 and 2 of the conference semifinals versus the Edmonton Oilers and a young Raffi Torres, though they couldn’t close out the series, losing the next four games.
2006-07 Conference Semifinals
The Sharks continued their strong regular season play in 2006-07 with a record of 51-26-5 (No. 2 in the Pacific Division). For the second consecutive year, San Jose drew the Nashville Predators in the opening round of the playoffs. The Sharks won a thrilling Game 1, 5-4 in double-OT before eventually winning the series 4-1. Next up was an aging Detroit Red Wings, and perennial All-Star goalie Dominik Hasek shined, holding the Sharks to nine total goals in a 4-2 Detroit series victory.
2007-08 Conference Semifinals
San Jose won the Pacific Division in 2007-08 with a 49-23-10 record. The Sharks edged the Calgary Flames 5-3 in Game 7 in the opening round only to lose to the Dallas Stars in six, dropping the final game in a 2-1 four-overtime defeat.
2008-09 Opening Round
2008-09 was Todd McLellan’s first season at the helm, and he led San Jose to another Pacific Division title, a 53-18-11 record and a first round matchup with the Ducks. Anaheim won the first two games and knocked the Sharks out of the postseason with a 4-2 series win.
2009-10 Conference Finals
The Sharks won their third consecutive Pacific Division crown with a 51-20-11 record and 113 points. They took care of business in Round 1, defeating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2. The Sharks played the rival Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals. Then they faced Antti Niemi and the Blackhawks for the right to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Blackhawks baffled the Sharks in four straight to take the series and eventually win the Stanley Cup.
2010-11 Conference Finals
2010-11 saw the Sharks once again win a Pacific Division title and reach the Western Conference Finals. The rival Kings came to San Jose for the opening round of the playoffs, and the Sharks stood tall with three overtime wins in the 4-2 series victory. In the conference semis, the Sharks faced the Red Wings and, in an epic back-and-forth series, defeated Detroit four games to three in what would. The Sharks failed to make the Stanley Cup Finals with a 4-1 series loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the following round.
2011-12 Opening Round
The Sharks fell from their reign as Pacific Division champions in 2011-12, finishing second in the division with 96 points. They opened the playoffs with a first-round matchup against the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks lost the series 4-1, dropping three of their four games by a single goal.
2012-13 Conference Semifinals
The 2012-13 season marked the ninth consecutive year the Sharks made the playoffs. They had a 25-16-7 record and faced the Vancouver Canucks in Round 1. Joe Pavelski scored twice in the series-clinching Game 4 win. The rival Kings were waiting, and the ensuing series went the distance, as each team won all its home game. Game 7 was played in LA.
2013-14 Opening Round
Emotions rode high at the start of the 2013-14 season as the Sharks started the year winning 10 of the first 12 games. Even with numerous injuries, San Jose finished second in the Pacific Division, with once again the Kings on the playoff horizon. The Sharks started strong winning the opening three games with a combined score of 17-8. The next four games were a different story as the Sharks were held to a mere five goals in four games. The Kings took the series 4-3 with a decisive 5-1 Game 7 victory at the Tank.