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Round 2, Gm 1: Predators at Sharks

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Sharks' vaunted power play provides spark in Game 1

San Jose went 2-for-3 with man-advantage in win against Nashville

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- After going more than two periods without a goal, the San Jose Sharks needed a spark, and they got it from their power play against the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of their Western Conference Second Round series at SAP Center on Friday.

Sharks forwards Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture each scored on the power play as part of a five-goal outburst to help the Sharks come from behind for a 5-2 victory.

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Sharks' Ward lets his play, others do talking for him

Forward has goal, assist in Game 1 win against Predators, can't explain his playoff success

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- Joel Ward couldn't explain his ability to shine in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when asked Friday after playing a leading role in the San Jose Sharks' 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of their Western Conference Second Round series.

"I don't know," he said. "It's just a fun time of year. I feel like I say that all the time."

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Sharks use big third period to win Game 1

Score twice on power play to defeat Predators; Couture, Ward, Burns each has two-point night

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- After going a week without a game, the San Jose Sharks knew it would take some time to shake off the rust against the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of their Western Conference Second Round series at SAP Center on Friday

It turned out San Jose needed until the third period to get back on track and up to full Stanley Cup Playoff speed.

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Instant analysis: Predators at Sharks, Game 1

San Jose shakes off rust to take lead in second-round series

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators 5-2 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Friday.

Nashville right wing Mike Fisher scored a power-play goal in the second period, ripping a wrist shot past Martin Jones after receiving a pass from center Ryan Johansen at 4:33 of the second period to give the Predators a 1-0 lead before the Sharks answered with a power-play goal from Thomas Hertl at 2:37 of the third period.

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Situation Room

Video Review: NSH @ SJS - 4:30 of the First Period

referee's call on the ice stands - no goal San Jose

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Situation Room: NSH vs. SJS, Gm1

Situation Room: Karlsson's shot stands as no goal

The referees review Melker Karlsson's shot as the net is dislodged, and the call stands as no goal in the 1st period

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At 4:30 of the first period in the Predators/Sharks game, the referee initiated a video review to determine whether the puck crossed the Nashville goal line, since the net was dislodged by the Predators as Sharks forward Melker Karlsson was in the act of shooting the puck towards the net. Video review was inconclusive in determining if the puck crossed the goal line between the normal position of the posts. Therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal San Jose.

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A black cat couldn't curse the Sharks

Jo Paw-velski's on-ice escapade brings the magic

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Sharks let black cat on ice

NSH@SJS, Gm1: Sharks bring black cat to Game 1

R2, Gm1: A black cat runs past the bench, hoping the Sharks can turn fortune in their favor before Game 1

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Black cats get a bad rap. Just because of a few superstitions, you're not supposed to let them cross your path or (probably) sit in your section during a playoff game. We imagine that's why this little guy was looking for a new seat before Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round between the Sharks and the Predators on Friday.

Note that our feline hero was proven both adorable and not a sign of bad luck: The Sharks took down the Preds, 5-2, to take a 1-0 series lead.

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5 Keys: Predators at Sharks, Game 1

Shot-blocking, fast starts could tilt Western Conference second-round series

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks and the Nashville Predators play Game 1 of their Western Conference Second Round series at SAP Center on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET: NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Here are five keys for Game 1:

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Well-rested Sharks ready for Predators, Game 1

San Jose hasn't played in a week, doesn't expect letdown against Nashville

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 1: PREDATORS at SHARKS

Western Conference Second Round

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators, who rode fast starts to series victories in the Western Conference First Round, will try to get the early advantage in their second-round series when they play Game 1 at SAP Center on Friday.

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Sharks 'ready to get series going' after long break

San Jose hasn't played since April 22; will play Nashville in Game 1 on Friday

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks didn't find out they would be playing the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Second Round until late Wednesday.

After watching Nashville defeat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in Game 7 to win that first-round series, San Jose knows it can't afford a slow start in Game 1 at SAP Center on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports), when they will play for the first time in a week.

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Behind The Numbers

Scoring defensemen spark Sharks, Predators

Shot prevention, special teams also among keys to victory

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Low shot volumes, defensemen taking part in the rush, and zone-specific player deployment all will be noteworthy strategies in the Western Conference Second Round series between the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators.

Here are five statistical keys entering the series:

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