2011 NHL Playoffs: San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings Game 7 Breakdown

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2011 NHL Playoffs: San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings Game 7 Breakdown
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Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks responded in perhaps the greatest game in franchise history, dispatching the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7. After three consecutive failures to close out the series, and allowing the Red Wings to tie, the San Jose Sharks found a way to win in their most crucial hour.

Not many people gave San Jose a shot to win, especially after a poor Game 6 performance and with their leading playoff scorer injured.

Against all the odds, as they have multiple times this season, San Jose rose up to the challenge in Game 7 and won.

The Sharks now advance to their second consecutive Western Conference Finals in two years, to face a rested Vancouver Canucks.

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