Sharks season come to early end

By Josh Dubow

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, April 22 2012 12:55 p.m. MDT

San Jose Sharks players watch as the St. Louis Blues celebrate at the end of Game 5 of an NHL Stanley Cup first-round hockey playoff series, Saturday, April 21, 2012, in St. Louis. The Blues won 3-1 and won the series 4-1.

Jeff Roberson, Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. — After two straight trips to the Western Conference final, the San Jose Sharks now have to come to grips with their earliest playoff exit during a run of eight straight postseason trips.

The Sharks concluded an inconsistent season by losing the final four games of their first-round series against the Blues capped by a 2-1 Game 5 defeat on Saturday night in St. Louis.

The team with the second-best record in the NHL the past eight seasons is still looking for its first Stanley Cup trip because the Sharks could not match St. Louis' speed, special teams or goaltending after winning the series opener in double overtime.

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