NASHVILLE -- The San Jose Sharks are hoping the trend of the home team winning each game continues in Game 7 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Nashville Predators at SAP Center on Thursday.
Forward Viktor Arvidsson scored 2:03 into overtime to give the Predators a 4-3 victory in Game 6 at Bridgestone Arena on Monday. The Sharks led 2-0 in the first period and 3-2 in the third, but the Predators were able to come back and win.
Defenseman Roman Josi scored at 15:27 of the first to make it 2-1 and the Predators seemed to control the majority of the game from there.
Sharks forward Matt Nieto left in the first period and did not return, which had an effect on San Jose's lines for the remainder of the game.
"It gave them a jolt," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "I thought it got the building energized and changed the momentum for sure. We lost [Nieto] at the end of the first period, which kind of affected our lines. We basically had to go down to three lines, which hurt our depth a little bit. It hurt our push the rest of the game, I felt.
"You know, it is what it is, we had some chances we could have won the game."
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The Sharks felt they were outplayed for the majority of Game 6 and still had a chance to win in overtime. They want a more consistent effort from their group in Game 7.
"We've got a really good hockey team in here when guys are playing to their potential, and for long stretches or some stretches of this series, that hasn't happened," Sharks center Logan Couture said. "Everyone needs to take a look at themselves and bring it in Game 7. You never know what can happen."
The players said the opportunity to have a Game 7 in their home building is what they fought for during the regular season.
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"For sure," Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. "We've got to go back home and play with that same energy and find a way. That's a good team over there. They weren't going away or anything like that so we're going to go home, get a little rest and we'll be ready to go."
The Sharks and Predators have traded punches in this series, and momentum has ceased to exist from game to game. As soon as one team seemed to grab control, the opposing team responded. DeBoer believes it has been a series where a Game 7 is fitting.
"It's two good teams going at it," DeBoer said. "It should come down to a Game 7. We're excited and looking forward to it in our building."