The NHL-leading San Jose Sharks are on a 12-game point streak, but they’re not happy about blowing a pair of two-goal leads recently.
The Sharks complete a three-game road swing Tuesday night when they take on the Nashville Predators.
San Jose (14-4-4) has not lost in regulation since a 5-2 defeat to Tampa Bay on Oct. 22, going 9-0-3 since.
The Sharks, though, squandered two-goal leads in two of their last three games. They fell 3-2 in a shootout to Dallas on Thursday and 4-3 in overtime at Chicago on Sunday.
Rookie defenseman Jason Demers(notes) recorded his first career goal and Patrick Marleau(notes) scored 45 seconds later to give San Jose a 3-1 lead two minutes into the second period Sunday. The Sharks, however, allowed the Blackhawks to pull even heading into the third.
“Sometimes the hockey gods don’t work in your favor,” coach Todd McLellan said. “If we could have gotten the fourth one, it could have worked in our favor. But they fought back, and that’s what good teams do.”
The Sharks will likely face a hot goaltender in Nashville’s Pekka Rinne(notes), who won five of his last six starts with a 1.99 goals-against average. He made 20 saves as Nashville (9-8-1) beat Montreal 2-0 on Saturday.
“The guys on defense did a great job, I didn’t have to face too many shots,” Rinne said. “Obviously you have your good saves and your moments, but it was one of the easier games that we have had this year so far.”
“It’s just the mindset, you break down teams’ defense when you put it on net,” coach Barry Trotz said. “They are scrambling for pucks, they are reaching, and we are being firm in their offensive zone.”
The Predators have won six of eight and two in a row since a 4-3 loss at San Jose last Tuesday. Nashville blew a 3-2 lead in the third period as Devin Setoguchi(notes) scored the equalizer and defenseman Dan Boyle(notes) had the winner with one minute left.