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For franchise with history of failure, Sharks still find way to hit new low

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, from left, defenseman Brad Stuart, and defenseman Justin Braun sit on the bench during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The Kings won 5-1. (AP Photo)

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, from left, defenseman Brad Stuart, and defenseman Justin Braun sit on the bench during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The Kings won 5-1. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

For a franchise with a frustrating history of postseason flops, the latest collapse sent the San Jose Sharks to a new low.

The Sharks became the fourth team in NHL history to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games, getting overwhelmed at home in a 5-1 loss in Game 7 on Wednesday night.

San Jose has the second most regular-season wins in the NHL the past 10 seasons but has never made it past the conference finals. There was the first-round loss to Anaheim in 2009 after posting the best record in the league in the regular season, second-round losses to inferior teams like Edmonton in 2006 and Dallas two years later, and three defeats in the conference final when that elusive Stanley Cup seemed so close.