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Couture carries the Sharks past Nashville; Thornton, Marleau, Vlasic, Jones and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.

Logan Couture paced San Jose's 5-0 Game Seven win over Nashville, scoring a goal and adding two assists. The 27-year-old centre was a force throughout the series, finishing with 11 points (6 G, 5 A) in seven games.

The San Jose power play was dominant in the series, scoring eight times on 21 chances (38.1%) and five of Couture's points in the series came with the man advantage.

Halfway to the Stanley Cup, Couture is now the leading playoff scorer, with 17 points (7 G, 10 A) in 12 games.

While Couture led the way, the Sharks had contributions throughout the lineup, with 10 players recording at least three points in the series. On the flip side, Nashville had some players that struggled. Calle Jarnkrok and a playing-hurt Craig Smith didn't record any points, while star winger Filip Forsberg managed just one goal with no assists.

This means that the San Jose Sharks will meet the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final, with one of those teams guaranteed to be going to the Stanley Cup Final.

HEROES

Joe Thornton - With a goal and an assist in Game Seven, Thornton finished with eight points (2 G, 6 A) in the series.

Patrick Marleau - Also had a goal and an assist in Game Seven, finishing the series with five points (3 G, 2 A).

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - A pair of assists in Game Seven gave Vlasic seven assists in the series against Nashville.

ZEROES

Shea Weber and Roman Josi - Nashville's top defence pair had a game to forget, on the ice for all five goals against - three at even strength - in a 5-0 loss. Weber's play was particularly egregious; it may have been the worst game of his career.

Mike Fisher - Had the worst possession stats (17 for, 27 against, 38.6 SAT%) among Nashville forwards in Game Seven, and was on the ice for four goals against.

Pekka Rinne - It wasn't all his fault, by any means, but Nashville's goaltender was pulled after allowing five goals on 26 shots in Game Seven, dropping his save percentage to .906 in 14 games.

STANLEY CUP HALF FULL/HALF EMPTY

Colin Wilson - He obviously didn't get any points in a 5-0 Game Seven loss, but he led the Predators with eight points (3 G, 5 A) in the series, and finished the playoffs with a team-leading 13 points (5 G, 8 A) in 14 games.

VITAL SIGNS

Tommy Wingels - Was inserted into the San Jose lineup, replacing an injured Matt Nieto.

SHORT SHIFTS

Sharks G Martin Jones had a relatively easy time on his way to a 20-save shutout in Game Seven. He has a .918 save percentage in a dozen playoff games…Sharks rookie RW Joonas Donskoi had strong possession numbers (114 for, 86 against, 57.0 SAT%) over the course of the series.

Much of the data included comes from www.war-on-ice.comcorsica.hockey,stats.hockeyanalysis.com www.hockey-reference.com and www.naturalstattrick.com

Scott Cullen can be reached at scott.cullen@bellmedia.ca