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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Nashville

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Patrick Marleau's breakaway goal in overtime lifted the Sharks over the Nashville Predators 2-1. San Jose finally beat Predators' netminder Pekka Rinne on their 50th shot of the night. Devin Setoguchi netted the tying goal in the second period. Antti Niemi was near perfect in net saving 30-of-31 shots. Team Teal ended their season-long, seven-game road trip with a 5-2 record.


A high turnover in the Sharks' zone led to breakaway for Patrick Marleau whose forehand beat Pekka Rinne's five-hole. San Jose beat the Predators 2-1 in a dramatic fashion. Kent Huskins and Joe Thornton netted the assist.

The Sharks cycle down low and got a shot off. However, Pekka Rinne made the save.

San Jose took their time setting up play from their zone as both teams changed lines.

Team Teal won the opening faceoff the overtime.


The game remained tied at 1-1 after 60 minutes. Overtime here we come.

Joe Thornton tried to give the Sharks the late goal but his shot missed the marker.

Antti Niemi made the save on Colin Wilson's shot.

Huge block by Douglas Murray on what could have been disastrous for the Sharks. San Jose was caught on a bad line change and Nashville took advantage with an odd-man rush.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic's shot attempt missed the net. San Jose has 41 shots on goal in the game.

Having to replaced Scott Nichol in the faceoff circle, Torrey Mitchell stepped up and won the offensive zone faceoff. The Predators are leading in the faceoff circle winning 33 compared to San Jose's 28.

Douglas Murray blocked the shot before it could reach Antti Niemi. Team Teal has eight blocked shots in the game.

The Sharks started the powerplay strong but faulted near the end. Nashville even got a few shorthanded chances.

San Jose earned their fourth powerplay opportunity when the Preds get called for a cross check.

Pekka Rinne, who is known for not giving up rebounds, have been doing just that this period. He dropped another rebound near Joe Thorton on the far side. All Thornton had to do was tap it into the open net, but the Predators

Marc-Edouard Vlasic took a hit in the neutral zone. Nashville has 17 so far in the game. Sharks have 11 hits.

A huge rebound given up by Pekka Rinne and the Sharks pounced on it. However, Rinne made the save on the second chance.

New Predator Mike Fisher won the third period opening faceoff.


On Devin Setoguchi's goal midway through the second period, San Jose tied up the game at 1-1. Team Teal now lead the shots total with a slim margin of 28-24.

Sharks go on their own two-on-one rush but the pass was to far ahead and Team Teal couldn't get a shot off.

Antti Niemi dropped down onto the ice to make the acrobatic save on the two-on-one rush.

Pekka Rinne blocked Torrey Mitchell's wraparound attempt.

San Jose successfully killed off the penalty and limited Nashville to just two shots.

After scoring the tying goal, Devin Setoguchi got tacked with a holding penalty.

Devin Setoguchi went wide when he sped down the wing and into the offensive zone. He ripped a shot from near the base of the right faceoff circle and beat Pekka Rinne high. Sharks tied things up at 1-1.

Antti Niemi came up huge when he stood his ground and made the save on a breakaway.

Joe Thornton won the faceoff in the neutral zone as the Sharks again couldn't figure Pekka Rinne out on the powerplay.

Shane O'Brien went to the penalty box for the second straight time, this time for hooking.

Antti Niemi made the save but then gave up a juicy rebound right in front of crease. Fortunately, Niemi's teammates helped him out and cleared the zone.

Big hit from Douglas Murray near the blueline.

Nashville's Marcel Goc's shot went wide of the net.

Captain Joe Thornton won the second period's opening faceoff.


A powerplay goal is the difference so far this game as Nashville currently lead 1-0. San Jose had a brief 5-on-3 powerplay but could not beat Pekka Rinne. Devin Setoguchi led all skaters with four shots on goal. Ryan Suter led in ice time at 8:04 in the first period.

The Predators won the faceoff in the offensive zone and nearly scored netted their second goal before Antti Niemi went side to side to make the save.

Nashville has controlled the play as of late, getting shot after shot on Antti Niemi. They have 12 shtos on the game, but the Sharks have tied it up on the shot clock at 12 also after being down 8-1 early on.

Former Shark Marcel Goc won the faceoff in the Sharks' zone.

Pekka Rinne made a huge save on a potential Sharks goal just as Ryan Suter stepped back onto the ice to make it a 5-on-4 man advantage.

Shane O'Brien tripped up Dany Heatley and will go to the penalty box for two minutes. San Jose would get a brief 5-on-3 powerplay.

Ryan Suter got tagged with a two-minute hooking penalty. Though the Sharks haven't had much opportunity to use their potent powerplay as of late, they still remain the fourth best powerplay in the league with a 22.3 percent success rate. The Predators are third in the NHL on the penalty kill.

Niclas Wallin's shot from the point reached Nashville's netminder Pekka Rinne. That's only the Sharks second shot on goal.

A quick cross ice pass (from one faceoff dot to the other) and an even quicker wrister from Cody Franson beat Antti Niemi through the five-hole to give the Predators the early 1-0 on the powerplay.

Logan Couture appeared dumbfounded when he got called for a high stick deep in the offensive zone. In the replays, it looked like Couture was pushed into David Legwand. Nashville and their 26th ranked powerplay will take the ice for the next two minutes pending any more penalties.

Joe Throtnon made a good defensive play and forced the Predators forward to lose the puck as he winded up to put a shot on net.

Antti Niemi made a routine save on the Predators' attempt.

San Jose took control of the puck and wait with the puck behind Antti Niemi for the line change then they charged up the ice.

Nashville won the opening faceoff.


In their final game of their season-high seven-game road trip, the San Jose Sharks will take on the Nashville Predators in hopes of starting another win streak.

Team Teal is only one point behind the Predators who sit at the number six slot in the tight Western Conference.
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