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Sharks have no answers for Nashville
Predators extend their point streak to 15 games with 8-2 win
3/19/2024 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks wrapped up their 5-game road trip with a demonstration of why they are a cellar dweller and why their hosts, the Nashville Predators, extended their standings point streak to 15 games on Tuesday night. San Jose held a 2-1 lead in the game before the Predators went on a scoring streak, potting the game's final 7 goals. It was an ugly end to the trip which netted San Jose 5 regulation losses.

Not that anyone expected the Sharks to turn into Stanley Cup contenders immediately following the trade deadline two weeks ago, but the Sharks went from a bad hockey team to a one that can't compete with anyone in the NHL right now.

Roman Josi staked the Predators to the 1-0 lead at 11:18 of the contest, when he rifled a shot from the right point that evaded Sharks goaltender Magnus Chrona. The shot was partially screened by traffic, which disrupted Chrona sight lines on the shot.

Mikael Granlund tied the game up with 2:42 remaining in the period. The Sharks leading scorer collected a diagonal lead pass from Klim Kostin as he cross the Predators blueline on the right side. Granlund then carried the puck to the inside of the right circle before snapping a shot past Juuse Saros for his 10th tally of the season.

Mario Ferraro gave the Sharks a 2-2 lead 5:46 into the 2nd period. Rookie Thomas Bordeleau controlled the puck along the right wing boards before dishing it back to the point as he was about to absorb a hit. Ferraro gathered the pass and skated to the top of the right circle before putting a shot just inside the left post.

Jason Zucker re-tied the game just under 4 minutes later on a slam dunk chance after Ryan McDonagh fired a shot that slipped through Chrons's pads. Zucker reached behind Chrona and swept the puck home as it sat perched in the crease.

Michael McCarron gave the Predators their 2nd lead of the night at 15:26 on a put-back chance from the left side after Kyle Sherwood bounced a shot off Chrona from the slot.

Luke Evangelista pushed the Nashville lead to 2 goals when he collected a puck in the slot as he skated from right to left. The Predators forward lifted a shot with a backhand as he faced the left wing boards, carrying another puck past Chrona for the 402 lead.

Lucky for the Sharks the period is contained by a 20 minute clock. If it was 20:01 Nashville would have scored a 4th goal in the period. Luke Schenn's shot was denied after it deflected off a player out front and crossed the goal line a second too late.

The Predators bum rushed the net 2 minutes into the 3rd period putting another puck over the goal line, but it was waved off for goaltender interference.

McCarron added his 2nd of the night at 10:35 of the 3rd period. The Predators forward gathered a loose puck in the slot and fired a shot from just inside the left circle, beating Chrona to the upper right corner of the net.

Mark Jankowski scored his 4th of the season at 14:13 when he tipped a Tyson BArrie shot past Chrona.

Filip Forsberg scored his 36th goal of the season 30 seconds later. The Predators put two shots on Chrona from in tight as three Shark defenders stood and watched. Forsberg pinched down the slot after Gus Nyquist put a shot on Chrona from the left side and pumped home the rebound.

Tommy Novak capped the scoring with a shot from the doorstep at 16:16 after he skated across the top of the crease. Calen Addison made an attempt to check Novak off the puck, but he essentially bounced off the much bigger forward. Game Notes:

* Defenseman Jan Rutta returned to the lineup after missing the last 5 games with an undisclosed injury. Mike Hoffman missed his 5th straight game.

* Mikael Granlund extended his point scoring streak to 4 games. He has 1 goal and 4 assists during his current streak. Mario Ferraro has points in his last 3 games.

* Granlund was recognized by the Nashville crowd during a short break in play. Granlund played parts of 5 seasons with Nashville.

* The Sharks lost 36 of 54 draws for a 33% win percentage. Puck possession was certainly an contributing factor in the Predators scoring output.

* The Sharks head home to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. They will get their first look at Anthony Duclair in a Tampa sweater on Thursday.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 0 2
NSH 1 3 4 8
1st period - 1, NSH, Josi 18 (McDonagh, Forsberg), 11:18. 2, SJ, Granlund 10 (Kostin), 17:18.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Ferraro 2 (unassisted), 5:46. 4, NSH, Zucker 11 (Sissons, McDonagh), 9:37. 5, NSH, McCarron 10 (Sherwood, Josi), 15:26. 6, NSH, Evangelista 15 (Josi, Forsberg), 17:50.
3rd period - 7, NSH, McCarron 11 (Sherwood), 10:35. 8, NSH, Jankowski 4 (Barrie, Beauvillier), 14:13. 9, NSH, Forsberg 36 (Nyquist, McDonagh), 14:43. 10, NSH, Novak 15 (Sherwood, Jankowski), 16:16.
1st period - Kostin, SJ (cross checking), 6:45.
2nd period - Zucker, NSH (high sticking), 6:08.
3rd period - Ferraro, SJ (high sticking), 4:17.
Shots Saves
SJ - Chrona 40 32
NSH - Saros 20 18
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 9 3 20
NSH 17 9 14 40
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 1
NSH 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Michael McCarron
Roman Josi
Filip Forsberg
Bridgestone Arena - 17,159
Referees: #4 Wes McCauley, #13 Furman South. Linesmen: #81 Ryan Daisy, #53 Bevan Mills.

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