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Round 2, Gm 5: Predators at Sharks

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Line juggling sparks Sharks in Game 5 win

Rearranging bottom nine forwards pays dividends in victory against Nashville

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer juggled his bottom three forward lines, and his moves paid big dividends in a 5-1 victory against the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Saturday.

DeBoer's biggest change was moving Patrick Marleau from third-line center to left wing on the second line. That reunited him with center Logan Couture, his linemate for much of the previous two seasons. Speedy rookie Joonas Donskoi remained on the right wing.

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Predators must regroup after decisive loss

Nashville faces win-or-go-home scenario in Game 6 at home on Monday

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

NASHVILLE -- The road to redemption for the Nashville Predators became significantly longer Saturday.

After being on the wrong end of a 5-1 decision to the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center, the Predators trail 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. Nashville must win the next two games, starting with Game 6 at home on Monday (9 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports 2), or the chase for the first Stanley Cup in franchise history will end for another season.

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Veterans lead the way for Sharks in Game 5

Thornton, Marleau, Pavelski, Couture come up big in victory against Predators

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

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks needed an answer, and they needed it desperately.

Their fast start in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round on Saturday had been negated by another goal from Shark-killer Mike Fisher, and it appeared the Nashville Predators would emerge from a first period on the road tied 1-1, a result that would be considered a win after the disparity in play between the teams through the first 20 minutes.

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Instant analysis: Predators at Sharks, Game 5

San Jose rebounds after triple-overtime loss, takes 3-2 lead in series

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

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

First-line right wing Joe Pavelski scored twice, and the Sharks' reconfigured second line also score produced two goals. Logan Couture, the center, had a goal as did Patrick Marleau, who was moved up from the third line and onto the wing. Melker Karlsson scored with 50 seconds left in the game.

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Sharks storm past Predators in Game 5

San Jose has 3-2 series lead, can end it with win Monday

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks bounced back from a triple-overtime loss to the Nashville Predators and now are one win from reaching the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2011.

Joe Pavelski scored two goals, Martin Jones made 24 saves, and the Sharks defeated the Predators 5-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Saturday.

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Ribeiro back for Predators in Game 5

Forward was scratched past two games; Zubrus in for Sharks

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

SAN JOSE -- Nashville Predators veteran forward Mike Ribeiro returned to the lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday.

Ribeiro was a healthy scratch for Games 3 and 4, replaced by rookie left wing Pontus Aberg.

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5 Keys: Predators at Sharks, Game 5

Lineup tweaks, fighting fatigue among factors to watch

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

SAN JOSE -- The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks play Game 5 of their Western Conference Second Round series at SAP Center on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The best-of-7 series is even at 2-2.

Here are 5 keys for Game 5:

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Sharks add size, experience to lineup with Zubrus

Veteran forward to make 2016 Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 5 against Nashville

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 5: PREDATORS at SHARKS

Western Conference Second Round

Best-of-7 series tied 2-2

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

SAN JOSE -- After using the same lineup for the first nine games of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer will make a change for Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Nashville Predators at SAP Center on Saturday.

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'Sharks Cat' ready for Game 5

Jo Paw-velski rooting for her favorite team against Predators

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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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After losing their first two road games of the postseason in Nashville, the San Jose Sharks return home licking their wounds. As San Jose gets set for Game 5 on Saturday at SAP Center against the Nashville Predators (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), its unofficial mascot, Jo Paw-velski, is trying to push the momentum back in the Sharks' favor.

Tweet from @hssv: @SharksCat You can tell what's on someone's mind today. Go @SanJoseSharks! #sharkscat #sjsharks #smashnash https://t.co/zoPH6g8uTF

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Johnston: Momentum key for Nashville

Former NHL coach says Predators, Sharks will have to fight fatigue in Game 5 Saturday

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

For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Mike Johnston to break down the action. Johnston will be checking in throughout the series. 

Johnston, 59, was most recently the coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, compiling a 58-37-15 record during his tenure. He was coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks from 2008 to 2014. He also has been an assistant coach for the Kings and the Vancouver Canucks.

To Johnston, it was quite fitting that Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher scored the winning goal in triple overtime of Game 4 on Thursday.

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