Coming into the night, the San Jose Sharks were 7-0-0. The Nashville Predators? 2-2-3.
You could almost see this coming.
In front of 17,562 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, the Preds got back to their hard-working ways and beat the heavily favored Sharks, 2-1, in the shootout.
Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne got his seventh start of the year and turned in a 26-save performance for his second win.
After a scoreless two periods for both sides, Sergei Kostitsyn finally broke through. After receiving a pass from Colin Wilson along the half wall, Kostitsyn used Dan Boyle as a screen, firing a puck through his legs and eventually through Antti Niemi for the 1-0 lead.
Martin Havlat would get the equalizer after Nashville took a too many men penalty in the final frame. The Sharks power play has been potent all season long, clicking at 30.8% and the Preds escaped trouble by successfully killing off their first four opportunities. But on the fifth, the Sharks finally bit them. Tonight, they were 1...