Predators 1, Sharks 0 (OT)

Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NASHVILLE -- With its first goal in 10 periods, Nashville snapped a two-game losing streak and kept San Jose reeling.
Colin Wilson deflected Ryan Ellis' shot past Antti Niemi at 2:08 of overtime Tuesday night, giving the Predators a 1-0 victory which extended the Sharks' losing streak to six games.
It was the fourth goal of the season for Wilson, who cruised down the slot and got his stick on Ellis' wrist shot that was launched from about 30 feet out. It was Nashville's first goal since Paul Gaustad's score in the first period of a 2-1 overtime defeat Saturday night at Minnesota. The Predators (6-3-4) were blanked 3-0 Sunday night by Chicago.
The Sharks (7-4-2) haven't won since a 3-2 decision Jan. 31 over Edmonton. It was their fourth one-goal loss in that stretch.
Pekka Rinne stopped 25 shots for his second shutout of the year, including a tough stop on Patrick Marleau 30 seconds into overtime, while Niemi turned back 24.
San Jose dominated the first period, looking not at all like a team coming off a 6-2 loss Monday night in Columbus. The Sharks outshot Nashville 13-3 and produced a number of quality chances, but came up empty against Rinne.
Ironically, the Predators' best scoring chance until overtime occurred six minutes into the match when Wilson wound up with the puck directly in front of the net and yanked it over the crossbar.
The Predators bounced back with a solid second period, outshooting San Jose 12-6 despite spending nearly half the stanza killing penalties. Right wing Martin Erat drew a double-minor for high-sticking as well as minors for holding the stick and hooking, but the Sharks couldn't generate much of an attack.
Nashville continued to carry the attack to San Jose in the third period, recording nine shots to the Sharks' three. But Niemi stood tall and forced overtime with a big stop on Gabriel Bourque with 4.7 seconds remaining.
NOTES: Nashville center Paul Gaustad entered the game at second in the NHL in faceoff efficiency, winning 60.9 percent of his draws. In Sunday's loss to Chicago, Gaustad won 9-of-14 faceoffs ... As a team, the Predators have blocked 191 shots in the first 12 games, just seven off the league lead that's held by Edmonton. Defenseman Scott Hannan has 29, good for 10th in the league, while center Mike Fisher leads all forwards with 21 ... San Jose coach Todd McLellan is five wins away from the team record, held by Ron Wilson with 206. McLellan was the second-fastest in NHL history to reach 200, doing it in 333 games.

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