NHL Game Summary - Nashville at San Jose
(Wednesday, November 2nd)
Final Score: San Jose 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Alyn McCauley's shorthanded goal, 1:44 into overtime, lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators at HP Pavilion.
Marcel Goc and Patrick Marleau also netted goals for the Sharks, who have won four games in a row. Brad Stuart assisted on the game-winning tally, while Nolan Schaefer made 21 saves in the win.
Martin Erat and Paul Kariya scored for the Predators, who are now winless in their last four games after starting the season 8-0-0. Kariya also had an assist and Chris Mason stopped 33-of-36 shots.
"We can't turn the puck over on a draw like that," said Mason. "San Jose's guys skate like the wind. There wasn't any chance of our guys getting back and then the guy made a unbelievable pass and game over."
After San Jose's Rob Davison took a high stick penalty 1:12 in the extra frame, McCauley took control of the puck up left boards before hitting Stuart with a cross ice pass. Stuart then backhanded a pass back to McCauley in the slot, who tipped the return feed over Mason's right shoulder for the win.
"(David) Legwand was kind of falling and I lifted his stick, immediately saw Stuart, and slid him the puck," said McCauley of the game-winning play. "It was a great backhand pass."
San Jose found itself down 2-1 heading into the third frame before Marleau tied the game.
With 8:30 left in the third, San Jose found itself on the power play after Danny Markov was whistled for a high stick penalty. The Sharks then capitalized to send the game into overtime when Marleau took a pass from Marco Sturm in the high slot before flipping a shot that beat Mason high glove side at the 12:33 mark.
"We had a number of chances, the puck didn't go in," said Sharks head coach Ron Wilson. "Mason paid extremely well in kind of a relief role. We're getting that to from Schaefer. You can never underestimate the other's team goalie."
Erat had put Nashville up 1-0 just 1:35 into the opening period after his shot from the right circle beat Schaefer stick side.
Goc's goal tied the contest at the 6:14 mark, but Kariya would put Nashville back up seven seconds later.
Kariya stole the puck deep in the offensive zone off of Schaefer, who skated out to the bottom of the right circle to play the puck, and controlled it behind the net. He then flipped the disc towards the front slot and the puck deflected off of Sharks defenseman Niko Dimitrakos' leg and into the net before Schaefer could get back into the goal crease.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the second period as both goaltenders played well. Schaefer made nine saves in the frame, while Mason stopped all 15 shots he saw.
Jonathan Cheechoo recorded an assist on Marleau's goal and now has an assist in his last four games. He now has nine points in his last six games...San Jose is now 2-4-0 when its opponent scores first...Marleau extended his point streak to four games (three goals, five assists)...Nashville now goes on to Los Angeles on Saturday to wrap up a three city road trip...Kariya now has five goals and seven assists so far this season.
11/03 02:41:06 ET