NHL Game Summary - Nashville at San Jose
(Tuesday, November 10th)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Nashville 3
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Dan Boyle's goal with one minute remaining in regulation lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators at HP Pavilion.
Jamie McGinn, Joe Pavelski and Devin Setoguchi also scored for San Jose, which has earned at least one point in each of its last nine games (8-0-1). Thomas Greiss allowed three goals on 26 shots in the win.
"It was one of those games where we were just kind of waiting...and those games all of a sudden you find yourself behind against a team like that. But we showed some resiliency late in the third (and) we'll take that with us," remarked Boyle.
Michael Santorelli, Marcel Goc and Patric Hornqvist scored for the Predators, who have dropped two of their last three on the heels of a three-game win streak. Dan Ellis turned aside 25 shots in the setback.
The scored was deadlocked at two apiece at the start of the third period, but near the midpoint of the stanza, the visitors moved ahead. A shot from the Dan Hamhuis from the left point was deflected perfectly into the back of the net by Hornqvist from in close at the 9:29 mark.
Less than four minutes later, Setoguchi's eighth goal of the season knotted the contest at 13:26 when he rifled a slap shot past Ellis from the top of the left circle.
But Boyle provided the difference. Near the conclusion of regulation, Boyle skated down the right side, moved around a defender and fired a wrist shot from inside the circle that hit Ellis but trickled behind him and barely made it over the goal line.
"With a minute to go you want to get a point out of the game, that's probably most disappointing. Our overall game, I thought we played maybe the best team in the NHL pretty well in their own barn," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "This hasn't been a kind place to us over the years and I thought we handled it pretty well tonight."
The Sharks opened the scoring midway through the first period on Pavelski's second goal of the season. Patrick Marleau hustled down the right-wing side and circled behind the net. From along the goal line to the left of the net, Marleau centered the puck to Pavelski, whose quick wrister lit the lamp from the low slot.
With 1:40 to go in the opening frame, Santorelli's marker knotted the score.
The teams traded goals in the second period. After a tally by McGinn at the 2:33 mark, Goc's first goal of the 2009-10 campaign again brought the teams to a tie. Goc fired a wrist shot from a sharp angle on the left side that beat Greiss to the near side with 5:11 remaining before the second intermission.
The Sharks are now 6-0-1 at home this season...Nashville has lost seven of its last nine against the Sharks as well as nine of its last 11 trips to the Shark Tank...The teams combined to go scoreless on three total power-play chances.
11/11 02:49:32 ET