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Sharks hope they don't tank in Game 6 against the Penguins

Sharks hope they don't tank in Game 6 against the Penguins

With every step forward the San Jose Sharks have taken during the playoffs, with each extraordinary performance by a member of their surprisingly resilient cast, they’ve chipped away at their reputation of being the biggest postseason underachievers in recent NHL history.

The Sharks might shatter that label for good if they defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. But the Penguins, happy to escape the distractions that enveloped them at home Thursday before they missed their first chance to claim the Cup, hope road ice will be an advantage by allowing them to focus and maintain a normal routine.

The Sharks needed a 44-save effort...

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