Worst to First: Top 10 Moments in San Jose Sharks' Rise to Pacific Division Lead

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Worst to First: Top 10 Moments in San Jose Sharks' Rise to Pacific Division Lead
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The San Jose Sharks have been on a torrential tear since mid-January, going 15-2-1 over their last 18 games—chomping up 31 of 36 possible points to rise from worst to first in the Pacific Division. Over the same time, they have gone from No. 11 in the Western Conference to No. 3, sitting just four points behind the Detroit Red Wings, who occupy the No. 2 position.

When the Sharks entered this stretch, they had only won four games in a row once on the year and were reeling from a six-game losing streak, matching the longest swoon they suffered in 2009-2010. With a punishing February schedule that included a seven-game East Coast road trip, the Sharks' playoff lives seemed in serious jeopardy for the first time in half a decade.

The Sharks would defy both odds and logic in authoring one of their most impressive stretches in franchise history to surge solidly back into the playoff race and establish themselves as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. Here is a look back at the improbable turnaround:

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