San Jose 2, Nashville 1

Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Nashville 41-21-3-5 23-8-2-3 18-13-1-2 L1
San Jose 35-25-5-5 20-11-2-1 15-14-3-4 W1


SHARKS 2, PREDATORS 1 (SO): Ryane Clowe scored the lone shootout goal in the third round as San Jose edged Nashville to halt a three-game home losing streak.

Captain Joe Thornton tallied in regulation and Antti Niemi made 32 saves for the Sharks, who won for just the second time in eight games. With the victory, San Jose moved within one point of eighth-place Colorado in the Western Conference.

Neither team was able to break through in the first two rounds of the shootout, but Clowe unleashed a shot that hit Pekka Rinne's blocker and entered the net to give the Sharks the advantage. Niemi then denied David Legwand as San Jose improved to 2-1-3 in its last six contests.

Nashville cashed in on a power-play opportunity with 6:42 remaining in the first period to take the lead.

Mike Fisher made a pass from the left faceoff circle to Patric Hornqvist at the left side of the crease. After turning to face Niemi, Hornqvist beat the goaltender to the glove side for his 22nd goal.

The Sharks registered 15 shots in the second period and held a 28-20 advantage after 40 minutes but were unable to break through. They finally got on the board during a power play less than a minute into the third.

Defenseman Dan Boyle unleashed a shot from above the slot that was touched in front by Patrick Marleau before caroming to the right side of the crease. Thornton stopped the puck with his right skate and fired it past Rinne at the 55-second mark, forging a 1-1 tie.

The goal came on the first of San Jose's four shots in the session.

Boyle nearly won the game in overtime. The blue-liner tried to stuff in the puck near the right post after skating around Predators All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter in the slot, but Rinne kept it out with his left skate.

Rinne turned aside 34 shots for Nashville, which is 1-0-1 on its four-game road trip and 8-2-2 in its last 12 overall. With the point, the Predators climbed within one of tying idle Detroit for fourth in the West.

: Hornqvist's goal was his fourth in five games. ... Thornton has collected eight points over his last five contests. ... The Predators have earned at least one point in seven of their last eight meetings with the Sharks (4-1-3). However, they have lost 16 of their last 19 visits to San Jose. ... Sharks forward Martin Havlat was in the lineup for the first time since tearing his hamstring against Edmonton on Dec. 17.

Top Game Performances

Nashville   San Jose
Patric Hornqvist 1 Points Joe Thornton 1
Patric Hornqvist 1 Goals Joe Thornton 1
Martin Erat 1 Assists Dan Boyle 1
Patric Hornqvist 1 Power Play Goals Joe Thornton 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Pekka Rinne .971 Save Percentage Antti Niemi .970
Pekka Rinne 34 Saves Antti Niemi 32

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 33 1 1-2 3-4 10 39
San Jose 35 2 1-4 1-2 6 42

Upcoming Games

  • San Jose will play its next game at home against Detroit. The Sharks have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play its next game on the road against Los Angeles. The Predators have a W/L % of .548 after a win and .643 after a loss.
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