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Predators outclass Sharks
SJ is the butt of toothless jokes in loss to Nashville
2/22/18 - By Mike Lee -

With the NHL trade deadline just 4 days away, the Sharks roster either played like they wanted to be traded or don't belong in the NHL to begin with after dropping an embarrassing 7-1 loss to the Nashville Predators in Tennessee on Wednesday night. The Sharks were awful from opening faceoff to the final buzzer, after they were torched by a superior roster that took them to task at Bridgestone Arena.

This was on par with the New Year's Eve massacre in Dallas which saw the Sharks fall 6-0. The deficit was the same, as San Jose lost by 6 goals, and the level of commitment and intensity matched the abomination in Dallas. There wasn't a single Sharks player who seemed interested in this game, and they paid dearly for it.

Nick Bonino gave the Predators a 1-0 lead just 1:55 into the game, jamming home a shot off a Roman Josi feed form the doorstep. The Sharks looked unprepared to deal with the Nashville pressure in the San Jose zone.

San Jose calmed down to keep things square for most of the remainder of the period until Brendan Dillon took a foolish boarding penalty late. The Predators converted after turning up the heat on the power play. Nashville didn't convert on the man-advantage, but they forced the sharks to go into a defensive posture that eventually led to a 2-on-1 break that ended with Bonino whipping a pass across the ice to Scott Hartnell for the tap in goal.

Hartnell had skated past Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, who looked perplexed that the geriatric Hartnell could get past him in the first place. Not only did Hartnell get position on Pavelski, but he deposited Bonino's pass for his 10th goal of the year with 42.5 seconds left in the period.

Logan Couture cut the Predators lead in half 8:37 into the 2nd period with a backhand prayer form the right corner. Sometimes good things happen when you throw the puck at the net, and nothing could have been more true on Couture's goal. Couture was behind the end line skating out of the corner when he decided to simply slip it toward the Predators net. The puck hit Pekka Rinne in the arm and rolled past him to squeak through for Couture's 25th goal of the season.

Nashville answered 7 minutes later when Dillon's night went from bad to worse. The defenseman allowed a puck to skip over his stick, allowing Kevin Fiala to skate up the right wing and slip the puck between Dell's pads for his 19th goal of the season. Fiala shot was a bit of a fluke, as he tried to draw the puck from his backhand to his forehand going right to left, but he lost control of the puck. Dell expected the play to move to the left side of the net, and he never saw Fiala loose control of the puck as it floated between his pads and over the goal line.

The 3rd period was a bona fide disaster. San Jose surrendered four goals in the period and didn't look like they cared one bit. Owen Nolan's Sharks would have taken a blood sample from someone in a Nashville sweater. Joe Pavelski's Sharks never even glanced at the scoreboard.

San Jose had actually started the period on a power play, but that was simply one of five failed chances. The Predators used it as a call to arms. Viktor Arvidsson punched home a rebound off a P.K. Subban blast from the blueline while Timo Meier sat in the penalty box for hooking.

Ryan Johansen made it a 5-1 game after Roman Josi raced past Justin Braun on the left wing and dropped teh puck back to his linemate in the slot. Johansen one-timed Josi's feed past Dell as Tomas Hertl's soft defense allowed the Predators forward to bag his 8th goal of the season.

Mattias Ekholm got in on the act four and a half minutes later using almost the same play as the Johansen goal, but from the right side. Filip Forsberg was a man on a mission as he left the penalty box, thundering up the right side before dropping the puck back to Ekholm for the one timer that eluded Dell.

Calle Jarnkrok capped the game's scoring at 17:51 on what can best be described as a shooting gallery shot as the Sharks defenders simply stopped playing. Jarnkrok took the third rebound of the sequence and pumped it past Dell for his 15th goal of the season.

Game Notes:

* Chris Tierney, Mikkel Boedker and Jannik Hansen each finished the game with a minus 3. Not surprisingly, but 13 Sharks finished the game with a minus rating.

* Colton Sissons missed on a penalty shot late in the 3rd period, making him one of five Predators who did not record a positive plus/minus rating.

* The Sharks surrendered 19 shots in the 3rd period alone, and finished the game allowing 46 shots on Dell. Add 11 misses and 12 blocked shots and Nashville combined for 69 pucks that were destined for the Sharks net.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 0 1
NSH 2 1 4 7
1st period - 1, NSH, Bonino 9 (Josi, Ellis), 1:55. 2, NSH, Hartnell 10 (Bonino, Jarnkrok), 19:17.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Couture 25 (Labanc, Braun), 8:37. 4, NSH, Fiala 19 (Subban, Johansen), 15:57.
3rd period - 5, NSH, Arvidsson 22 (Subban, Smith), 3:49, (pp). 6, NSH, Johansen 8 (Josi), 6:30. 7, NSH, Ekholm 8 (Forsberg, Arvidsson), 11:00. NSH, Sissions (failed penalty shot), 15:21. 8, NSH, Jarnkrok 15 (), 17:51.
Penalties
1st period - Forsberg, NSH (holding), 3:38; Dillon, SJ (boarding), 2:42.
2nd period - Salomaki, NSH (high sticking), 4:41; Arvidsson, NSH (hooking), 19:06.
3rd period - Meier, SJ (hooking), 2:13; Forsberg, NSH (interference), 8:53; Arvidsson, NSH (slashing), 14:46.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 46 39
NSH - Rinne 34 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 10 11 13 34
NSH 15 12 19 46
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 5
NSH 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Pekka Rinne
Nick Bonino
Viktor Arvidsson
Attendance
Bridgestone Arena - 17,354
Officials
Referees: McIsaac, Charron. Linesmen: Rody, Suchanek.
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