San Jose Sharks, American expert ice hockey group that plays in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Sharks are situated in San Jose, California, and have won one Western Conference title (2016).
The San Francisco Bay Area was beforehand home to a NHL group, referred to first as the Seals and afterward as the Golden Seals, from 1967 to 1976. At the point when two of that establishment's proprietors, Gordon and George Gund, were granted an extension club by the class to start play in 1991, they based it in San Jose, which had never recently been home to a noteworthy North American games establishment. The Sharks completed at the base of their division in both of their initial two seasons, however in 1993–94 they improved their success aggregate by 22 and qualified for the play-offs. In the postseason the Sharks stunned the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings, winning their first-round play-off arrangement in seven recreations in one of the greatest miracles in NHL play-off history. San Jose again earned a play-off compartment the following season and yet again crushed a higher-seeded group, the Calgary Flames, before being dispensed with in the Western Conference elimination rounds.
The Sharks' prosperity was brief, in any case, as the group completed in last spot in its division in every one of the accompanying two seasons. In 1997–98 the group started a dash of five back to back postseason appearances, which was topped by a Sharks squad—featuring goaltender Yevgeny Nabokov, forward Owen Nolan, and focus Patrick Marleau—that won San Jose's first division title and showed up in the 2001–02 Western Conference elimination rounds, which it lost to the Colorado Avalanche in a seven-game arrangement. Two seasons later the Sharks progressed toward the Western Conference finals, wherein the Flames denied them a billet in the Stanley Cup finals. For the following three seasons the Sharks showed up that brought about misfortunes. In 2008–09 San Jose, behind the champion play of focus Joe Thornton, had the best record in the NHL, gaining the top seed in the Western Conference play-offs. In any case, in a contort on the establishment's initial play-off history, the Sharks were disturbed in the first round of the postseason by the Anaheim Ducks. The group again earned the main seed in the Western Conference play-offs in 2009–10 however was cleared in the meeting finals by the Chicago Blackhawks. San Jose came back to the gathering finals the accompanying postseason, losing to the Vancouver Canucks in five amusements. In 2011–12 the group's dash of four successive division titles arrived at an end, and the Sharks lost their opening-round play-off arrangement.
The Sharks' history of play-off disillusionment achieved a nadir in the 2013–14 season, when San Jose turned into the fourth group in NHL history to lose a postseason arrangement in the wake of holding a 3–0 advantage by dropping four back to back amusements against the opponent Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the postseason. In the wake of passing up postseason capability the following season, the Sharks again progressed to the play-offs in 2015–16. Notwithstanding having recently the fifth best normal season record of the eight Western Conference play-off groups, San Jose at last got through its postseason funk and caught the group's first-since forever gathering title. The Sharks then lost the Stanley Cup finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six amusements. San Jose came back to the postseason in 2016–17 yet was wiped out in the opening round of the play-offs.