For a San Jose team whose playoff struggles have often come down to running into a streaky goaltender at the wrong time, it must be nice to have the goalie making all the stops.
Two-time winners Finland beat Canada 4-0 in their final Group B match in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, to end the reigning champions' 16-match winning streak at the world championship.
San Jose's Brent Burns scored the Sharks' first two power-play goals of the NHL Western Conference finals, leading the visitors to a 2-0 victory at St. Louis on Tuesday, squaring the West finals at a game apiece.
Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby scored just 40 seconds into overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win against Tampa Bay on Monday, squaring the NHL Eastern Conference finals series at 1-1.
The sight of their franchise goalie writhing in agony did little to slow down the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Defending champions Canada overpowered Germany 5-2 in their world championship Group B encounter to record their fourth win in as many matches in Saint Petersburg on Thursday.
San Jose advanced to the NHL Western Conference finals by cruising past Nashville 5-0 in Thursday's Game 7 of their second-round series, with Sharks captain Joe Pavelski getting the team off to a fast start with his franchise record-tying ninth goal of the playoffs.
Pittsburgh's Nick Bonino scored 6:32 into overtime to give the Penguins a 4-3 win over Washington on Tuesday, clinching the hotly contested NHL Eastern Conference semifinal in six games and eliminating the team which had been the Stanley Cup title favorite.
Victor Hedman and Ben Bishop lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning into the National Hockey League Eastern Conference final for the second straight year.
The Tampa Bay Lightning again withstood an early push from the New York Islanders and pulled out another big overtime victory.