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Sharks return home feeling lessons were learned

San Jose believes it figured out what it will take to beat Nashville

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

The San Jose Sharks were able to find the positives in their 4-3 triple-overtime loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday. 

The Western Conference Second Round best-of-7 series is tied 2-2. Game 5 is at SAP Center in San Jose on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"I think we were a little bit [slow] at the start, but for the whole game I think it was our best game against Nashville," Sharks forward Tomas Hertl told the team's website after the game. "We had a lot of chances. We now know how to play against these guys. It's 2-2. Don't panic. Just come home and relax and play the same game and we'll be fine."

The Sharks won the first two games of the series at SAP Center, but the Predators won the two games at Bridgestone Arena against the League's best road team during the regular season.

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After coming from behind to beat Nashville 5-2 in Game 1 then holding on for a 3-2 victory in Game 2, the Sharks found plenty of flaws in their play. The same was true after a 4-1 loss in Game 3 on Tuesday in Nashville.

This time the Sharks were encouraged despite the loss in Game 4. 

"We were good," coach Peter DeBoer said. "Plenty of chances to win the game."

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski believed he had scored with 12:26 left in the first overtime, but after video review it was ruled no goal because of goaltender interference.

Despite that disappointment the Sharks kept pushing.

"It felt good," Pavelski said of the team's play through the three overtimes. "It felt really good. We had chances. All alone. We had good plays, rebounds. Pucks were laying there. It was one of those things where I don't know how it didn't go in a few times.

"That's the game. That's overtime. It's awesome; it really is. Would have liked it to go the other way though."

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Midway through the second overtime Sharks defenseman Paul Martin hit the crossbar with a point shot. Then with under four minutes left a wide-open Hertl took a pass from Joe Thornton and shot from close range, but Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made one of his 44 saves.

"I should have scored because it was for sure a goal," Hertl said. "… For sure the team needed my goal. I'll be ready for the next game and I'll be doing everything just to be better."

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made 41 saves in what was the second-longest game in franchise history. San Jose's longest ever game was a 2-1 four-overtime loss in 129:03 to the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals on May 4, 2008.

Martin stopped Nashville forward Colin Wilson on a breakaway with less than 13 minutes left in the third overtime Thursday, but at 11:12, Predators forward Mike Fisher knocked a rebound past Jones from close range for the game-winner.

"We played hard," Jones said. "We had our chances. Had a disallowed goal there. We played hard, penalty kill was good when it needed to be. So we can take some positives from tonight for sure."

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