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Sharks take new identity into playoffs vs. Canucks

Monday - 4/29/2013, 6:29pm  ET

San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, of Finland, can't block a goal by Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner, not shown, with Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford (13) in the foreground in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

AP Sports Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks have searched for an identity on their journey through this lockout-shortened season.

There was the high-powered power play that helped them get off to a record-setting start. Then came an offensively challenged seven-week stretch that jeopardized their playoff chances, followed by a strong closing stretch that has the team brimming with confidence heading into the postseason.

With three potent scoring lines, a goaltender playing at the top of his game and more speed throughout the lineup, the Sharks head into the playoffs starting Wednesday night in Vancouver with the roster and style of play they hope can succeed in the postseason.

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