NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators have been playing better recently, yet have only a couple of hard-fought points to show for their work.
The effort paid off once they got back home.
Mattias Ekholm's first NHL goal proved to be the game winner as the Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday night for their first victory in four games.
David Legwand had a goal and an assist, and Shea Weber added two assists for the Predators, who have earned points in five of six games.
"It was good the guys got rewarded," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We had a good game plan going in. We stayed with it and converted on a couple chances. Five-on-five I think we outscored them 3-1."
Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose, which has lost two of three.
Nashville returned home from a trip in which the Predators lost all three games despite going to overtime twice.
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