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SAN JOSE -- Craig Smith scored on the backhand in the shootout, and goalie Pekka Rinne stopped three San Jose shooters as the Nashville Predators snapped the Sharks' season-opening, seven-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Saturday night. San Jose's Martin Havlat hooked Nashville's David Legwand 2:48 into sudden death, but the Sharks killed their fifth short-handed situation of the game. Over the Sharks' past 21 short-handed situations over five games, they've allowed only one shot. Havlat tied the game 1-1 at 13:39 of the third period with a power-play goal. His backhand shot in close beat Rinne, who had turned away the first 23 shots he faced. The Sharks (7-0-1) finally converted on their fifth power play of the game, a result of Nashville's bench minor for too many men on the ice. The Predators (3-2-3) broke on top 59 seconds into the final period when Sergei Kostitsyn scored at even strength. Nashville's Colin Wilson skated along the rig...
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The Nashville Predators and Pekka Rinne had been struggling to win games as of late. The Predators had not won in three games heading into Thursday night’s contest in Los(More here)…
Craig Smith scored the lone goal in the shootout and Pekka Rinne stopped all three San Jose attempts to help the Nashville Predators hand the Sharks their first loss of the season, 2-1 on Saturday night.
Sergei Kostitsyn scored his first goal of the season to break a scoreless tie in the opening minute of the third period. Rinne made 26 saves through overtime and led the Predators...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Craig Smith scored the lone goal in the shootout and Pekka Rinne stopped all three San Jose attempts to help the Nashville Predators hand the Sharks their first loss of the season, 2-1 on Saturday night.
Sergei Kostitsyn scored his first goal of the season to break a scoreless tie in the opening minute of the third period. Rinne made 26 saves through overtime...
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The 2012 Predators made a cameo appearance tonight in an effort that fans will want to see continue for games to come. Playing without two of their best offensive players, Erat and Hornqvist, Nashville was amazing defensively and were able to give San Jose their first los of the season. Rinne was phenomenal in the 1-1 game with 26 saves...
With five shootouts in their first eight games, the Nashville Predators are getting used to the tiebreaker system.
Craig Smith scored the lone goal in the shootout, and Pekka Rinne stopped all three San Jose attempts to help the Predators hand the Sharks their first loss of the season, 2-1 on Saturday night.
''We're getting in the right direction with the shootouts...
Although Pekka Rinne is an elite NHL goalie by any measure, he had to wait six games and eight shootout rounds to earn his first victory of the season for the low-scoring Nashville Predators.
If that's the type of season he's facing, Nashville's sturdy Finnish goalie will keep trying to carry his teammates past the Los Angeles Kings and the rest of the West.
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Coach Barry Trotz knew that he was stuck with Craig Smith, a young kid from Madison, and he had to make it work.
The timing was ripe for something good to happen for Smith. A player with his skill set isn’t best served playing on a line with grinders and brawlers, but that’s the reality of Nashville hockey at times. I’m not saying...
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Nashville Predators "earned" their second win of the season last night, and overcame their apparent 2013...
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...
Here are your “Leftgovers” from the Nashville Predators game on Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks…
* Nashville defenseman Jon Blum finally got into the lineup.
* Saturday night was the first time Blum had dressed in an NHL game since December 30, 2011.
* San Jose had a season debut as well. Jason Demers played in his first game since game...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sergei Kostitsyn scored in the eighth shootout round, and the Nashville Predators snapped their three-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Pekka Rinne made 23 saves and stopped five of Los Angeles' eight shootout attempts as the Predators survived a weak offensive performance thanks to their Finnish goalie's sturdiness...
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San Jose is 7-0-0, one of their best starts in franchise history. Standing in the way of an 8-0-0 start is the rebounding Nashville Predators, who grabbed an 8-round shootout victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday evening.
Pekka Rinne, who stopped 23 Los Angeles stops in regulation and overtime, grabbed his first...
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The Predators had to stretch the games to eight rounds of the shootout, but Nashville finally prevailed, grabbing a 2-1 shootout win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.
Grabbing his first win of the season, Pekka Rinne stopped 23 of LA’s 24 shots including some key stops in the second and third period to bring...