San Jose extended its winning streak with yet another thrilling effort in a 3-2 shootout win over Calgary at home on Saturday.
Cheechoo, who has scored a goal in four straight games, had the winning goal with 3.7 seconds left in the Sharks’ 5-4 victory at Los Angeles on Friday, the finale of a season-high six-game road trip.
The weary Sharks had arrived at Oakland Airport in the wee hours Saturday, but mustered the energy to improve to 3-0-0 at home this season.
“If we had lost, I wouldn’t have had a complaint because of the way we battled back to get a point,” Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. “And then we ended up getting two points. Our team just seems to find a way at times, and obviously won’t give up. That’s three games in a row where we’ve been battling right at the end to make a difference.”
San Jose, which has played an NHL-low three home games, will play five of its next seven at the HP Pavilion. The defending Pacific Division champions went 24-8-7-2 at home in 2003-04.
Nolan Schaefer looks to continue his strong play for the Sharks, who also won three straight from Oct. 8-Oct. 15. He made 23 saves Saturday to improve to 3-0-0 with a 2.63 goals-against average in three appearances, including two starts. The 25-year-old netminder was recalled from the Sharks’ top affiliate in Cleveland because of injuries to goalies Evgeni Nabokov and Vesa Toskala.
Yanic Perreault’s 200th NHL goal couldn’t prevent Nashville’s third straight loss, a 4-1 defeat to Anaheim on Tuesday. The Predators had been 8-0-0, one of only three teams in NHL history to open a season with eight straight victories, joining the 1934-35 Maple Leafs and 1975-76 Buffalo Sabres.
Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves for the Predators, who went 0-for-7 on the power play on Tuesday and are 2-for-22 with the man advantage over the last three games.
San Jose has lost the first two meetings of the series with Nashville, both on the road.