San Jose won 4-1 (Game 5 of 5)

San Jose won 4-1

Game 1: Friday, April 21st
Game 2: Sunday, April 23rd
Game 3: Tuesday, April 25th
Game 4: Thursday, April 27th
Game 5: Sunday, April 30th

8:30 PM ET, April 30, 2006

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 02
NSH 0 0 11

P. Marleau (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

V. Toskala (Sharks - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .971

P. Kariya (Predators - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

San Jose at Nashville 8:30 pm EDT

San Jose at Nashville 8:30 pm EDT Western Conference quarterfinals Sharks lead, 3-1

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks skate back to the "Music City" on Sunday, looking to belt out the last verse of the Nashville Predators' swan song.

Coming off back-to-back wins behind the sensational play of captain Patrick Marleau, the Sharks can eliminate the Predators on Sunday when the teams face off in Game Five of their best-of-seven quarterfinal series.

Since winning Game One, fourth-seeded Nashville has been outscored, 12-5, in losing each of the last three contests. The primary force behind the Predators' demise has been Marleau, who scored twice in Game Three and recorded his third career playoff hat trick in San Jose's 5-4 triumph in Game Four.

Rookie Pat Rissmiller and Mark Smith also tallied for the fifth-seeded Sharks, who got 26 saves from goaltender Vesa Toskala, none more important than his pad stop on defenseman Marek Zidlicky's blast with two seconds left.

The Predators closed to within 5-4 on late tallies from Mike Sillinger and Scott Hartnell, but were unable to net the equalizer. Chris Mason surrendered five goals on just 24 shots for Nashville, which went 1-for-7 with the man advantage.

If the Predators are able to win Sunday, they will earn a return trip to San Jose for Game Six on Tuesday.