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Sharks stun Predators with late comeback
SJ scores three 3rd period goals to take 5-4 win
10/23/18 - By Mike Lee -

We're only 9 games into the season, but the Sharks have had their share of ups and downs. Kicking off a 3-game road trip with a trip to Tennessee to face the Predators, San Jose played down in the first 40 minutes, then rebounded with their best 3rd period of the season to stun Nashville with 3 goals in the frame to wipe out a 4-2 deficit and win 5-4. Brent Burns scored a power play goal late to help San Jose extend their win streak to three games.

The come-from-behind thriller was no small feat, given the Predators 5-game winning streak entering play, and their 7 wins is tops in the NHL. That mark has been a result of the fact that Nashville doesn't let opponents score in the 3rd period. That was all turned upside down on Tuesday night, as the Sharks rallied with three big goals to erase their 2-goal deficit.

Burns one-timed an Erick Karlsson feed that sailed over the left should of Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros to cap a remarkable comeback.

Nashville overcame a brief lead in the opening period, then looked like gang busters for the next 40 minutes.

The Californians found themselves in early penalty trouble when Joe Pavelski was called for high sticking PK Subban at 3:17 of the contest. Martin Jones stood tall in net, weathering multiple shots by the Predators. Ryan Johansen obliged the Sharks by taking an interference penalty as Pavelski was leaving the box.

Timo Meier made Johansen pay for his transgression by out-muscling Subban from the top of the crease for his 5th goal of the season. Joonas Donskoi threw a puck at the net, and Meier was positioned on the doorstep the gather it and take a pair of swipes at it. He would get his stick on the puck with Subban draped all over him and slide a shot past Saros at 6:58.

Saros was in net after starting goaltender Pekka Rinne was injured during the Predators game on Friday night.

The Sharks failed to convert on a Craig Smith tripping penalty 30 seconds after the Meier goal, then a bit of bad luck cost San Jose. A winding puck hopped over Marc-Edouard Vlasic's stick as he sat at the left point on the Predators blueline. Viktor Arvidsson jumped the blueliner and was off to the races. Arvidsson raced up the right wing before cutting across the top of the crease to draw Jones wide before slipping a shot home for his 5th of the season.

San Jose started the 2nd period 21 seconds tool late after Filip Forsberg whipped a shot past Jones from the slot. Defensemen Erik Karlsson and Vlasic elected to try and stick the puck out of harms way, but both whiffed, allowing Forsberg to get a shot off that evaded Jones.

Tomas Hertl tied the game off a Predators turnover in the Sharks zone. Hertl pounced on a loose puck near his own blueline then exchanged passes with Logan Couture before crashing the net and slipping the puck around Saros' right leg pad.

Nashville reclaimed the lead just under three minutes later when Forsberg sent a feed from behind the Sharks net to Arvidsson in the slot. The Predators had a 2-on-1 rush denied by Jones, but the Sharks couldn't gain control of the puck, allowing Nashville to create enough chaos in the San Jose that Arvidssson roamed the front of the net uncovered.

San Jose fond themselves killing another penalty late in the period, after Joakim Ryan was called for interference off a faceoff. San Jose killed the penalty and had a chance to tie the game in the waning moments of the infraction, but Barclay Goodrow's shot clanked off the right post.

Nashville grabbed the rebound and raced up ice 2-on-1 and finished with a cross-ice pass from Arvidsson on the rush to Craig Smith for a goal with just 14.7 seconds left in the period. San Jose's decision to press on offense left them naked on the back end and Nashville capitalized. Once again, Karlsson was on the ice, providing little defensive help.

Brendan Dillon cut into the Predators 4-2 lead by carrying the puck up ice coast-to-coast then whipping a shot from the right dot that beat Saros for his 1st goal of the season. It was likely that the Predators defense weren't expecting Dillon to carry the puck in as far as he did, and never pressed him until he was in a shooting zone.

Joe Pavelski tied the game at 4-4 36 seconds later, when the Evander Kane raced a turnover up the ice before feeding Logan Couture on the left side. Couture saw Pavelski trailing on the right win, so he whipped a pass through the slot with Saros covering the left side of the net. Pavleksi buried the one-timer for his 5th tally of the season.

Arvidsson finally did something to benefit San Jose when he clipped Vlassic with a high stick. San Jose used the ensuing power play to score the go-ahead goal with 2:52 left in regulation. Brent Burns unloaded a Howitzer shot from the left dot that Saros never saw.

Game Notes:

* Erik Karlsson finished the game with a -3 plus/minus, and holds a team worst -7 this season. He did earn the primary assist on Brent Burns game winning goal, but since that came on the power play, it did not affect his minus rating.

* Rookie Antti Suomela had another glorious chance to score his first NHL goal in the game buy goaltender Juuse Saros made a solid save on the forwards one time chance from the doorstep. Suomela has had numerous chances this season, but he's been snake-bitten.

* Viktor Arvidsson had a field day with the Sharks defense, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist. His high sticking penalty late in the game cost his team however. The Sharks would use that penalty to score the game winner.

* Tomas Hertl, Kevin Labanc and Marc-Edouard Vlasic combined for 13 of the Sharks 32 shots. San Jose rallied for 14 shots in the 3rd period, resulting in the three big goals that helped them overcome a 4-2 deficit.

* The Predators top line of Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen combined for 3 goals and 4 assists on the night.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 3 5
NSH 1 3 0 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Meier 5 (Donskoi, Burns), 6:58, (pp). 2, NSH, Arvidsson 5 (unassisted), 11:14.
2nd period - 3, NSH, Forsberg 6 (Johansen, Ellis), 0:21. 4, SJ, Hertl 3 (Couture, Meier), 7:51. 5, NSH, Arvidsson 6 (Forsberg, Johansen), 10:45. 6, NSH, Smith 4 (Arvidsson), 19:45.
3rd period - 7, SJ, Dillon 1 (Hertl, Burns), 11:40, (sh). 8, SJ, Pavelski 5 (Couture, Kane), 12:16. 9, SJ, Burns 2 (E. Karlsson, Kane), 17:08, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - Pavelski, SJ (high sticking), 3:17; Johansen, NSH (holding), 5:24; Smith, NSH (tripping), 7:32.
2nd period - Ryan, SJ (interference), 17:40.
3rd period - Sissons, NSH (high stickign), 3:38; Bench, SJ (delay of game), 5:54; Kane, SJ (triping), 9:57; Arvidsson, NSH (high sticking), 15:15.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 29 25
NSH - Saros 32 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 7 14 32
NSH 12 8 9 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 4
NSH 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Viktor Arvidsson
Joe Pavelski
Attendance
Bridgestone Arena - 17,159
Officials
Referees: Lambert, O'Rourke. Linesmen: Gawryletz, Gibbs.
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