SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick Marleau has played more than 1,500 games with the Sharks since joining the NHL as an 18-year-old draft pick but never one quite like the next one.
All those past playoff disappointments that have seemed to define the career of players like Marleau and Joe Thornton could be put to the side temporarily with one more San Jose win tonight.
For the first time in their 25 NHL seasons, the Sharks are one win from the Stanley Cup final thanks to their 3-2 lead over the Blues in the Western Conference final going into tonight's Game 6 in what should be a frenzied Shark Tank.
"It's nice," Marleau said Tuesday. "It's not our final goal but it's as far as we've been so it's good that way. There's still a lot to go."
For more than a decade, the Sharks have been known as much for playoff failures as regular-season success. San Jose has the second-most wins and played in the second-most playoff series since the start of the 2003-04 season but has fallen short every spring.
St. Louis, seeking its first Stanley Cup final since 1970, is making another goalie switch. Brian Elliott will be back in net after coach Ken Hitchcock went with Jake Allen the past two games.
Bruins: Defenseman Kevan Miller signed a four-year contract extension and two assistant coaches, Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo, joined coach Claude Julien's staff.