San Jose’s slow start in the first period combined with an early penalty, put the Sharks behind from the get go. Seconds into the power play, Nino Niederreiter’s shot from low right circle deflected off of Mario Ferraro’s stick into the net. Sharks were lucky to come out of this period with a 1 goal deficit.
Just over a minute into the 2nd period, a turnover by Marc-Edouard Vlasic in the neutral zone led to a wrister to the short side by Mikael Granlund which extended their lead to 2 goals. Half through the 2nd period, while the Sharks were on a penalty kill, Steven Lorenz chipped the puck out to Nico Sturm giving him a breakaway and he finished it with a wrister to the top shelf. Minutes after Mikael Granlund scored on a 2 on 1 which extended the Predators’ lead to 3-1. Before the period was over, a turnover by Matt Benning on the blue line led to a goal by Yakov Trenin.
Game was all but over at the start of the 3rd period but seconds into the period, a goal by Martin Kaut from a turnover by Nashville gave some hope to the Sharks. That was quickly doused when Nino Neiderreiter’s pass attempt got deflected off of Noah Gregor’s stick into San Jose’s net. Before it was all over, a goal from Tommy Novak made it 6-2 Nashville.
Tonight the Sharks led in Faceoffs (56%-44%), Hits (19-17), while the Predators led in Shots (31-24), Blocked Shots (20-15), Giveaways (6-9) and Takeaways (9-7)
1: Mikael Granlund (2G, 1A)
2: Matt Duchene (3A, 3 SOG)
3: Philip Tomasino (2A, +2)
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