Sharks Take A Bite Out of Predators in OT

Posted on February 16, 2011 by

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Sharks Take A Bite Out of Predators in OT Last night the Sharks capped off their 7 game road trip in Nashville with a stunning over-time victory over the Predators, 2-1.  The sharks, losing to Nashville in both previous meeting this season, dropping a heart breaker in December 3-2 and again in January 2-1, fought hard and pulled out a win in OT.  Last night the Sharks played like the team all the fans in the Bay Area know and love.  Playing hard for all 60 minutes, getting power play opportunities and dominating shots on goal.San Jose went down late in the first period starting with a 2-minute minor for high sticking by Logan Couture.  Nashville capitalized on their first power play opportunity when Cory Franson sneaks a 21ft. wrist shot passed Niemi 6:48 into the period.  But it was the Sharks turn in the second period.  After failing to score on their power play opportunity, the Sharks right-winger, Devin Setoguchi fired a frozen rope from the wrist over the shoulder Pekka Rinne from the wide side with 10:47 left in the second.  The game continued with the shot count piling up and both Antti Niemi and Rinne playing out of their mind in the net.But when it came to OT, San Jose flat out wanted it more.  Out-shooting the Predators 5-1 in overtime, Patrick Marleau found himself on a breakaway off a poke check and quick up ice pass by Huskins. A quick move by the Sharks center and the puck finds the back of the net.  Scoring off an assist by Kent Huskins and Joe Thorton, Marleau ends the game and seals a San Jose victory with only 1:08 left.Looks like San Jose found a way to overcome their “fatigue” which was said to be the major issue for them the last few games.  Especially Antti Niemi, who started his 37th game this season, just 2 shy of his season high 39.  This victory is going to provide momentum for the Sharks who have a quick 2 game home stretch before they go back on the road.  The Sharks, who are 7th in the divisional standings, need to take this win and continue to roll through the Caps and Avalanche if they hope to make the playoffs.

First Star: P. Marleau (Goals: 1, Assist, 1)Second Star: A. Niemi (Saves: 30, Save %: .968)Third Star: P. Rinne (Saves: 48, Save % .960)

Box Score: http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/boxscore?gameId=310215027
-Gas

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