Final Score: Nashville 2, San Jose 1 (SO)
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Craig Smith scored in the second round of the
shootout to lift the Nashville Predators over the previously unbeaten San Jose
Sergei Kostitsyn scored in regulation for the Predators, who have won
consecutive games for the first time this season. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves.
Martin Havlat lit the lamp for the Sharks, who fell to 7-0-1 on the season.
They went to a shootout for the third straight game.
Antti Niemi stopped 23-of-24 shots for San Jose, which wrapped up a six-game
homestand on Saturday.
"They play good defense with great goaltending," Sharks captain Joe Thornton
said. "We had our chances. We just didn't bear down. It was just a good, hard-
The Sharks almost broke a scoreless tie midway through the second period.
Ryane Clowe's shot from the right circle snuck through Rinne's five-hole
before hitting the post.
The first goal of the game came 59 seconds into the third. Kostitsyn's shot
from the right circle got past Niemi.
Nashville had too many men on the ice with 7:34 remaining, and the Sharks took
advantage to tie the game. Havlat took a feed from Scott Gomez and put a
backhander past Rinne.
Following Smith's backhander in the shootout, Rinne stopped Joe Pavelski to
secure the victory.
The Predators won 2-1 against the Kings in an eight-round shootout on Thursday
... Nashville improved to 3-2-1 on a seven-game road trip that ends Tuesday in
St. Louis ... Predators forward Martin Erat (lower body) missed the game.
02/03 03:01:19 ET
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