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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Nashville

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Two quick goals in a span of 44 seconds late in the third period gives the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the visiting San Jose Sharks. Niclas Wallin and Dany Heatley scores for San Jose. The Sharks will get a chance to redeem themselves when they take on the Dallas Stars in less than 24 hours. Team Teal fell to the Stars in the shootout Monday.


The Predators are able to hang on to their 3-2 lead and win the game.

Nashville clears the zone all the way down the ice and that will be enough to end the Sharks' comeback attempt.

San Jose got Anders Lindback way out of position out of his crease, but could not coil the wrap around in toward the net becasue of Predator defense.

Antti Niemi leaves the ice following the Sharks faceoff win.

Jordin Tootoo goes off for delay of game for putting the puck over the glass to give San Jose a powerplay and a chance to tie up the game. Head Coach Todd McLellan calls a timeout to set up his intended play.

Colin Wilson scores on a three-on-one to give Nashville the lead. That's two quick goals in a span of 44 seconds to give the Predators a 3-2 lead late in the third period. Steve Sullivan and Kevin Klein earn the assist.

Sergei Kostitsyn scores his fifth goal of the season to tie up the game at 2-2 and to extend his point streak to seven games. Shea Weber earns the only assist on the goal.

Former Shark Marcel Goc wins the faceoff against Joe Pavelski and gets a shot off, however, he misses the net.

A big blaster from Shea Weber but Antti Niemi makes the save and then covers up the rebound. Defenseman Niclas Wallin does his part to help out his netminder, occupying Martin Erat's stick so the Predator winger couldn't make an attempt on the loose rebound.

Jamie McGinn nearly got a qualty shot on goal as Joe Thorton tries to connect with the young forward but Thornton's pass was deflected away before reaching its intended target.

Antti Niemi makes the save and freezes the puck to bail out the Sharks as the Predators are slowly regaining momentum.

Torrey Mitchell throwing his weight around out there on the ice. San Jose has 10 hits so far this game and Nashville has 15.

The Preds go offside and Jason Demers' tripping penalty expires.


Similar to the first intermission, the Predators will start the third period on a powerplay. San Jose put up 10 shots on goal in the second and has 19 in the game so far. Dan Boyle leads all skaters with 18:42 of ice time.

Torrey Mitchell and Jamal Mayers start an odd man rush but Mitchell misses the net.

Jason Demers goes off for tripping late in the second period.

Dany Heatley directs Joe Thornton's hard pass from the in the corner in pass Anders Lindback to give San Jose back the lead at 2-1. Heatley now ties Logan Couture as team leader in goals. Thornton notches his 21st assist of the season on Heatley's powerplay goal.

The Sharks get their second consecutive powerplay when Shane O'Brien gets tack with a tripping penalty.

San Jose gets their second powerplay of the night as Jerred Smithson goes off for hooking

Jordin Tootoo centers the puck that unfortunately goes off Scott Nichol's stick and in pass Antti Niemi as was repositioning himself. The game is now tie at 1-1.

Former Pred Scott Nichol puts San Jose's 12th shot on goal.

San Jose kill of the penalty and Dany Heatley joins in on the three-on-two rush but Heatley shoots it wide on Anders Lindback.

Torrey Mitchell and Joe Thornton try and hookup on a bang-bang play but Thornton is handcuff by the pass from Mitchell from behind the net. Nashville, in their attempt to regain the puck, ice it during their powerplay.

Nashville is now on the powerplay. Dan Boyle blocks the shot from the point and gets his stick swipe out of his hand.

Dany Heatley gets tag with a double minor -- two for cross checking and two for unsportsmanlike conduct. That kills the remainder of Team Teal's powerplay. There will be four-on-four action until Sergei Kostitsyn gets release from the sin bin.

San Jose successfully kill of Scott Nichol's penalty and Sergei Kostitsyn goes of for high sticking.


The Predators will start the second period with a little over a minute remaining on their powerplay. Antti Niemi has been under assault in the first period but is a perfect 13-for-13 on saves so far. San Jose put up nine shot on goal in this period with Ryane Clowe leading Team Teal with three shots. Devin Setoguchi has 4:37 of ice time so far in his return.

Scott Nichol gets tack with a hooking penalty late in the first.

Sharks have a three-on-two rush but shoot high.

Nashville control the puck for much of the last five minutes and Annti Niemi makes a stop at the top of his crease to try and slow down the Preds.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic records San Jose's fifth hit this period with his hit on Joel Ward.

Anders Lindback makes a routine stop on Jason Demers' shot on goal. That's only the Sharks' fourth shot on goal so far this period; the Predators have 10 on Antti Niemi already.

Team Teal cleanly wins the offensive zone faceoff and the puck makes its way to Niclas Wallin who scores his third goal of the season to give the Sharks the early 1-0 lead. Benn Ferriero and Justin Braun get the assists. Wallin's goal spoils Anders Lindback's shutout streak at 121:33.

San Jose's shot from the point sharply bounces of the endboards and back in front of Anders Lindback who has to glove it in the air.

The Sharks get their first shot on goal on rookie Anders Lindback.

Antti Niemi makes a pad save and will take the faceoff to his left.

Nashville wins the opening faceoff in the first game of four meetings between these two teams.


San Jose Sharks will start of their three-game road trip facing the hot Nashville Predetors and their rookie netminder Anders Lindback, who is riding a back-to-back shutout streak. He will face Antti Niemi for San Jose.

Devin Setoguchi is expected back in the lineup tonight. Setoguchi has been missing from action since Nov 26.

Douglas Murray and Kent Huskins are not expected in the lineup tonight.
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