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Sharks Await Familiar Foe After Surviving Shaky First Round

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The San Jose Sharks celebrate a goal by Joe Thornton #19 of against the Los Angeles Kings in the third period of game four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on April 21, 2011 in Los Angeles. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The San Jose Sharks celebrate a goal by Joe Thornton #19 of against the Los Angeles Kings in the third period of game four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on April 21, 2011 in Los Angeles. (Harry How/Getty Images)

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SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) – It took three overtime wins and a memorable comeback for the San Jose Sharks to get past a short-handed Los Angeles Kings team in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

The journey figures only to get more difficult in the second round for the Sharks, who are hoping this will be the year they finally make it to the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.

San Jose had a day off Tuesday following the 4-3 overtime win in Game 6 the previous night in Los Angeles. The players got a chance for some needed rest as they await the result of Game 7 between Chicago and Vancouver to learn who their second-round opponent will be.

The Sharks will play the defending champion Blackhawks if Chicago wins or longtime nemesis Detroit if Vancouver prevails.

Despite the unknown opponent, excited fans lined up Tuesday to purchase tickets to the Second Round.

(Copyright 2011 by CBSSan Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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