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Predators blanked by Sharks in Game 7, denied first trip to West finals

May 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) in the second period in game seven of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

May 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) in the second period in game seven of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

The Predators fell short of making the Western Conference finals for the first time, falling to the Sharks 5-0 in Game 7.

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